Sarah Aipra Kott is a computational designer interested in complex façade systems, focusing on parametric processes and efficiency in fabrication.
Sarah graduated with Honors from the University of Virginia in 2009, where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Architecture. She received her Master of Architecture degree, with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis in December of 2012, and joined Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles as a Project Designer for their Advanced Technology group in January 2013.
At Morphosis Sarah led the design and optimization of ‘complex geometries’, including building facades, for three international projects. Her design work includes concepts for the faceted curtain wall of Hanking Tower, a 350m tall skyscraper in Shenzhen, completed in 2018. Also included, is her ideation of the west facing GFRP brise soleil panels for Kolon Future Research Park in Seoul, completed in 2018.
In 2015 Sarah joined Nbbj as a Design Computation Leader for the firm's Digital Practice group, and led the enclosure design for the new Seattle Opera building from concept through final construction. This new civic home for the opera was completed December 2018.
From 2018-2019, Sarah worked at Skidmore Ownings and Merrill as a Project Designer and BIM Manager—for the new 160,000 SF Los Angeles World Airport Police Headquarters at LAX. The new LAWA Police HQ is scheduled to finish construction in 2021. In the summer of 2019, Sarah rejoined NBBJ in Los Angeles.
While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Sarah taught high school students in the ALBERTI 'Architecture for Young People' program and also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Undergraduate Design Studios and courses in representation. She has participated on academic juries for both Undergraduate and Graduate level architectural studios at Woodbury University, University of Washington, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Her specific interests lie in parametric design, material research, as well as innovations in fabrication and construction technologies.
acrylic and ink on canvas