Sarah Lorenzen

Professor
Associate Chair, Department of Architecture
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Sarah Lorenzen, AIA is a registered architect and Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Since 2007 she has served as resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences located in Los Angeles. In 2016 she joined the office of Peter Tolkin Architecture, a design firm focused on residential and cultural projects. 

Sarah grew up in Mexico City, where she attended a British school before moving to the U.S. to attend college. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA 1992), and received a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (M.Arch 1997.) In 2004 she completed a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design at SCI-Arc (M.Arch MR+D.) Sarah has received several design awards and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, several Graham Foundation grants, and a six-week travel fellowship to China. In 2011-2012 Sarah took a one-year sabbatical leave to do research at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Her research at TU Delft focused on the ways in which new mapping technologies are changing how we understand and intervene in the built environment. In 2015 Sarah was an AIA LA Presidential Honoree, receiving their "Educator of the Year" award. 

Office Hours

MW 10:30am-12pm

Education

M.Arch
Southern California Institute of Architecture
2002
2003
M.Arch
Georgia Institute of Technology
1993
1997
B.F.A
Atlanta College of Art / Smith College
1987
1992

Academic Experience

Professor
Cal Poly Pomona
2016
Present
Chair, Department of Architecture
Cal Poly Pomona
2013
2017
Associate Professor
Cal Poly Pomona
2011
2016
Assistant Professor
Cal Poly Pomona
2005
2011
Lecturer
Cal Poly Pomona
2005
2005
Lecturer
Georgia Institute of Technology
2000
2001

Professional Experience

Architect
Peter Tolkin Architecture
2016
Present
Principal
Plasmatic Concepts
2004
2016
Project Architect
MBT Architecture
2001
2003
Designer
Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
1997
2001

The Imagined City

In his seminal book America, Jean Baudrillard suggested that to understand the American city, “you should begin with the screen and move outwards towards the city.”  Nowhere does this appear truer than in Los Angeles where the hundreds of films set in this city make it meaningful to millions people from around the world.