Sarah Whiting

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Sarah Whiting
Sara Whiting 02.jpg
Whiting in 2013.
Born1964 (age 56–57)
Alma materPrinceton University
Yale University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spouse(s)Ron Witte
PracticeWW Architecture
WebsiteOfficial site

Sarah M. Whiting (born 1964) is an American architect, critic, and educator. Whiting is currently Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in addition to being a founding partner of WW Architecture, along with her husband, Ron Witte. She previously served as Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture at Rice University School of Architecture.


Whiting attended Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, where she was part of the French Club and graduated in 1982. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architectural, urban history, and theory from Yale University, where she was also an editor for the arts section of the Yale Daily News. Whiting subsequently obtained a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1990, and a Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001.[1] Her dissertation, advised by Stanford Anderson, at MIT was entitled "The Jungle in the Clearing: Space, Form, and Democracy in America, 1940-1949."[2]

Whiting has previously worked in the offices of Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, where she served as a designer on the Euralille master plan and assisted with the publication SMLXL. She has taught at institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida, where she led undergraduate and graduate level courses on modern urbanism and contemporary architectural theory.

On July 1, 2019, Whiting was named Dean and Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She became the first female dean in the school's history, and replaced Mohsen Mostafavi.[3] Her endowed chair is named after Josep Lluís Sert.

Along with her husband, Ron Witte, Whiting also cofounded WW Architecture, an architecture firm that is now located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[4]


  • Beyond Surface Appeal : Literalism, Sensibilities and Constituencies in the Work of James Carpenter, 2012, ISBN 978-1934510179
  • "Notes Around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism" (with Robert Somol), Perspecta 33 (2002): 72-77
  • "Oxymoron and Pleonasm Conversation on American Critical by Monika Mitasova (Editor)", 2014, ISBN 9781940291413
  • "Shaping the City by Edward Robbins (Editor); Rodolphe El-Khoury (Editor)" , (2004):57-76, ISBN 0415261899
  • "Differences by Ignasi de Sola-Morales; Sarah Whiting (Editor); Graham Thompson (Translator)", 2004, ISBN 0415261899
  • "Peter Eisenman in Dialogue with architects and philosophers", (with Peter Eisenman and others), 2017, ISBN 9788869771132

Personal life[edit]

Whiting is married to Ron Witte, who is a co-founder of WW Architecture. Witte, who has served as a professor at the Rice University School of Architecture, is currently a Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.[5] Her twin brother, Alex Whiting, who currently serves as Head of Investigations for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office, was an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Law School from 2007 to 2010 and a professor of practice at Harvard Law School from 2013 to 2019.[6][7]


  1. ^ Sherman, Marjorie W. (February 3, 1954). Society: Charles G. Whiting Takes French Bride in Paris. Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960)
  2. ^ Whiting, Sarah (2001). The jungle in the clearing : space, form and democracy in America, 1940-1949 (Thesis thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  3. ^ "Sarah Whiting named next dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design". Harvard Graduate School of Design. 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  4. ^ "WW: Home". Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  5. ^ "Faculty | Rice". Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  6. ^ "Whiting stepping down as architecture dean". Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  7. ^ "Alex Whiting joins SPO as Head of Investigations". Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor's Office. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-08.

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Preceded by
Mohsen Mostafavi
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

July 1, 2019 – present
Succeeded by