Studio aki founder Sarah Akigbogun, is a passionate designer, filmmaker and photographer. She is passionate about using these skills to improve and create spaces and to help others communicate their own vision. Sarah studied Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), and Architectural Engineering at The University of Westminster. Following this she worked for several years, firstly as an engineer and then at leading, international, architecture practices including Alsop Architects and Foster and Partners.
Sarah’s passion for photography began between degree and diploma, when she began using the camera as a means of reading and documenting the city. This lead her to joining Pascal’s Schoning film based unit at the AA, where filmmaking was employed to as a means of developing narrative and communicating ideas. She is also trained as an actor, having gained an MA from Drama Centre St Martins and brings knowledge of storytelling, and communication, and of theatre spaces to Studio Aki.
Whilst at the AA Sarah wrote her thesis ‘Teatime & Madness’ on the history of archtitecture and mental illness and maintains a strong interest in this area.
Sarah is committed to improving minority representation in architecture, in 2017 she directed the film She Draws:She Builds which was screened around the Uk foe International Women’s Day; she is the current Vice chair of Women In Architecture UK and founder of the XXAOC project, which seeks uncover the untold stories of female architects of colour architecture.