Sarah Whiting is the dean and William Ward Watkin Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture, which acts as a think tank of research and production while preparing graduates to think, negotiate and collaborate. Whiting is also a partner of WW Architecture, a practice that she co-founded with her partner, Ron Witte, in 1999. Whiting’s interests are interdisciplinary, with the built environment at their core. She possesses an indefatigable curiosity about how individuals constitute a public and through what forms that public manifests itself in both architecture and urbanism and is then, in turn, formed. In her teaching, writing and practice, Whiting focuses on architecture’s public audience and how architecture can engage that collective subject.
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s (AUD) 2017-18 public lecture series “This, Not That” invited thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Arguments were supported by presentations of creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice. The series staged an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.