Sarah Kavanagh

Sarah Kavanagh

Providence, RI, US



Originally from a town just North of Philadelphia, I am now living in Providence, RI and will graduate with a Master of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in May, 2016. In 2011, I received my B.A. in Architecture from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Before returning to school, I worked for 16 months as an architectural designer at Pickard Chilton Architects of New Haven, CT. In 2015, I interned for 3 months at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City.

Staying relevant in the field and seizing opportunities to broaden one's design methods, materials, and understanding is incredibly important to me and that shows through in my recent activities. In 2014/2015 I teamed up with several RISD peers and independent of the school, we entered a design solution for the Boston Living With Water Competition. In 2015 I received a $750 Architectural Studies Travel Award (ASTA) to travel abroad to Kyoto, Japan for a RISD Wintersession course.

When I'm not designing, I spend my efforts giving back to the field in the form of the ACE (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) Mentor Program, which I have participated in for the last 3 years both in Connecticut and Rhode Island. I also have long-time hobbies that include running, biking, and exploring new (& old) cities.



Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Intern

Assisted a project team with Schematic Design and the beginning stages of Design Development for a mid-rise residential building on the Upper West Side of New York City. My specific tasks included but were not limited to the research and organization of building precedent studies, research and drawing of context elevations in AutoCAD / Illustrator, building elevation and window detail drawings in AutoCAD, and model-building.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Pickard Chilton, New Haven, CT, US, Intern Architect

Assigned to a project team for Schematic Design and Design Development for the Northwestern Mutual Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (8 months) and a project team for Schematic Design and Design Development for the Amegy Bank Headquarters in Houston, Texas. My tasks included but were not limited to the drawing of site maps (AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop), building studies within the context (Rhino, Google Earth, Photoshop), assisting with renderings (Photoshop), drawing and managing the RCPs for the drawing set, correcting redlined detail drawings, and model-building.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2014


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2014 - current

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2011


The Architectural Studies Travel Award (ASTA), Grant

Awarded $750 towards the travel costs to study in Kyoto, Japan with a RISD Wintersession Abroad program.