Sarah Mineko Ichioka is an urbanist, strategist, curator and writer. She leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact initiatives and organizations. Her latest book, Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency, co-authored with Michael Pawlyn, proposes a bold set of regenerative design principles for addressing compound environmental and social crises.
She has been recognized as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, a British Council / Clore Duffield Cultural Leadership International Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
In previous roles Sarah has explored the intersections of cities, society and ecology within leading international institutions of culture, policy and research. From 2008-2014 she served as Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK) and Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture. She led the significant expansion of the Foundation’s international profile, earning acclaim for a multi-faceted program of public space activations, exhibitions, international exchanges, design competitions, lectures, symposia, films, and youth education. Sarah’s leadership was underpinned by the cultivation of strategic partnerships with stakeholders such as embassies, cultural institutes, galleries, awards, and business improvement districts; and her initiation of robust revisions of governance, management and communication systems.
Sarah’s critical writing has been published by La Biennale di Venezia, Serpentine Gallery (Koenig), the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Actar), Barbican (Prestel), Mies van der Rohe Award (Actar), and the Urban Age (Phaidon). Her work has been featured in outlets including CNN.com, Channel News Asia, Monocle, BBC London, Folha de S.Paulo and Bloomberg CityLab.
Sarah has served as an adviser or judge for many diverse projects, including the XXII and XXIII editions of the Triennale di Milano, the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia, the European Prize for Urban Public Space, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Raised in California and currently based in Singapore, Sarah holds degrees from Yale University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.