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Sarah Dunham

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Sarah is a Partner at MTWTF, where she has been shaping design processes, managing interdisciplinary design teams, and facilitating community engagement since joining the studio in 2014. Acting as project manager and art director, Sarah develops design strategies for projects that are drawn from a rigorous engagement with their content. This approach drove exhibitions including ‘Utopia—Dystopia’ a multimedia exhibition at A/D/O, ‘Seeing Equal Rights in New York State’ an interactive exhibition at the Equal Rights Heritage Center, and ‘Climates of Inequality’ an interactive exhibition of student work on environmental justice by the Humanities Action Lab. With each of these projects, Sarah worked with the design and client team to visualize the thinking behind the exhibition while managing a team of designers, researchers, and fabricators through project completion. 

Trained as an architect with professional experience at practices including OMA and WORKac, Sarah brings a unique ability to translate architectural narratives, both spatially and in print. Sarah has collaborated with clients including the Brookings Institution, the Village Alliance, SCAPE Landscape Architecture, and OMA to visualize work around issues of urban design and architecture. With signage and environmental projects, Sarah oversees concept design through fabrication and installation including work for Brooklyn Public Library, Minnewaska State Park, and Etsy.


  • Design research
  • Participatory design
  • Exhibition design
  • Environmental graphics and signage

Research Areas

  • Media studies
  • Public service announcement
  • Political aesthetics
  • Visualizing housing policy


  • California College of the Arts, Masters in Architecture, 2010
  • Wake Forest University, BA in Studio Art, 2007

Prior Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Graduate Communications Design, Pratt Institute 
  • Partner, MTWTF 
  • Director of Communications, WORKac
  • Research and In-House Publications, OMA

Awards & Distinctions

  • Design Writing Fellowship, The Writing Space, 2023
  • Metropolis Responsible Disruptors with MIT Civic Data Design Lab, 2022
  • Webby Awards: Activism, Shortlist, 2021
  • Fellows Forum Grant Winner, Design Trust for Public Space, 2021
  • NYCxDesign Greater Good Award Winner, 2021