Sarah Ichioka (Oakland, 1979) leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural and social-impact organizations and initiatives based in Singapore.

Sarah has held leadership, planning, editorial and curatorial roles for multiple reputable institutions of culture, urban policy and research, including the LSE Cities Program, La Biennale di Venezia, Tate Modern, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and Singapore’s National Parks Board. Before relocating to Asia in 2014, Sarah was Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK), and a Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture.

Sarah has served as advisor or judge for a wide range of cultural and spatial initiatives, including the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, and Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia.She chaired the international jury of the XXII Triennale di Milano (2019) and the Curatorial Board of the British Pavilion at Venice (2010) and is currently a member of Design Singapore Council’s Innovation by Design panel.

Educated at Yale and the London School of Economics, Sarah has been honored as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, by Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the British Council / Clore Foundation's Cultural Leadership International Fellowship.

picture: Fred Ernst