Sara McGillivray

Sara McGillivray

Los Angeles, CA, US



Architectural historian, scholar, and archivist.


The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, US, Archivist I

Part of a five-person team archiving the work of Frank O. Gehry from 1959 to 1988. I am also working on collections of architectural material by Coop Himmelblau and by the Lettriste movement.

Nov 2017 - current

HansonLA, Los Angeles, CA, US, Archivist

A quick project to set up HansonLA's in-house archives, including organizing files & drawings, and creating a database to more easily locate material from past projects.

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017

Avery Drawings & Archives at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library of Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Intern in Primary Sources

As an archival processor of architectural material, my responsibilities included: taking initial inventory, organizing material, re-housing said material, and cataloging and describing the material in an Excel spreadsheet, which is then used to generate a finding aid that makes the collection accessible to researchers.
Completed collections:
- Douglas Darden Papers and Drawings
- Oscar Newman Papers
Also worked on:
- Frank Lloyd Wright Photograph Collection
- Woodlawn Cemetery Records

Jun 2016 - Aug 2017

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Events Assistant

Assisted Events Coordinators
- prepared schedules and program documents
- set up events, handled check-in
- assisted with A/V issues or presenter requests
- kept time during conferences, and handled Q/A sessions
- managed mailing lists and social media accounts

Sep 2015 - May 2017

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Exhibitions Crew

Part of a team of students responsible for the handling of exhibition materials during preparation and installation; also served as gallery attendant while exhibitions were on view.
- Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game - 2015
- Les Levine: Bio-Tech Rehearsals 1965-1975 - 2016
- Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation - 2016

Sep 2015 - May 2016

Bassenian Lagoni, Newport Beach, CA, US, Assistant Designer

Part of a design team developing residential projects across the U.S.
- responsible for drafting floor plans, roof plans, site plans, sections, and elevations, as well as rendering plans and elevations.
- also prepared city design submittal packages consisting of architectural drawings, written descriptions, and responses to city and developer comments.

Nov 2013 - Aug 2015

Christie's International Real Estate, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Intern

- assisted Bespoke Marketing Program with the graphic design of brochures, set up web-ads, handled mailings, and managed social media posts.
- also assisted Christie's Auction House with filing and reformatting records, as well as with setting up for and working two of that department's promotional events.

May 2012 - Aug 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Critical, Curatorial, & Conceptual Practices of Architecture

The MSCCCP program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation is multi-disciplinary program steeped in research and writing.

Sep 2015 - May 2017

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, BARCH

Bachelor’s of Architecture, Minor in Classics
3.59 GPA
USC Renaissance Scholar, USC Global Scholar
Lambda Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society
USC Marnell Experimental Program Italy Study Abroad Spring 2012

Aug 2008 - May 2013

Areas of Specialization