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London Build 2018

Sarah Akigbogun

Sarah Akigbogun

Director, Studio Aki London

Sarah Akigbogun is an Architect, filmmaker, and director of the film She Draws : She Builds and Vice Chair of Women in Architecture. She is founder of Studio Aki London and Appropri8. Studio Aki is an architecture practice, which combines art, design, engineering and research. Working alongside theatre company Appropri8, the studio is also interested in the urban scale seeking to transform disused urban sites and buildings by making temporary interventions to generate debate about the use of space. The studio is based in at the RARA collective in East London, which grew out of the 2008 recession and is home to a diverse group of practitioners among them artists, designers and academics.

Prior to this Sarah was an architect at leading practices, Alsop Architects and Foster and Partners, where she worked for approximately four years on International and UK projects such as the visionary Haramain High-Speed Railway which connects the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the award winning dual use, Headingley Carnegie cricket pavilion, Leeds, on which she worked as a 3D designer. She has also been a guest lecturer at The Bartlett, The Cass and a visiting critic at Chelsea school of Art, Brighton and Canterbury.

Sarah trained as both an architect and engineer, completing her Part I in Architectural Engineering at the University of Westminster, her Diploma in Architecture at the Architectural Association and Part III at The Bartlett. At the AA Sarah studied under Pascal Schoning, learning to make films, which she has continued to do, making films concerned with the social, historical and political context of architecture.

In 2014 she completed an MA in acting at Drama Centre, Central St Martins, which has informed her practice as an architect, not only by leading to the founding of Appropri8 but also consolidating her interest in narrative and the role of visual and verbal storytelling and communication in architecture.

Sarah is passionate about making architecture a more inclusive profession, which welcomes women and people from all backgrounds.

Through her work with film she aims to give voice to the lesser heard narratives of women in architecture, enabling people to tell their own stories. In 2017 she filmed and directed the documentary, She Draws : She Builds, collaborating with Anna Schabel and Chloe Tayali to interview 15 female architects, reflecting on their careers.

She is now vice chair of the newly reformed Women in Architecture which aims to support, champion and inspire women, enabling them to forge their own paths in architecture.

What the UK's construction industry is saying about London Build..

  • It was our first time as an exhibitor and London Build Expo did not disappoint. It proved to be both exciting and productive. Looking forward to next year.
    Kash Ansari
    Marketing Manager, Nexans
  • Certainly the best Expo I’ve been to with regards to meeting the desired audience!
    Ryan Johnson
    Commercial Manager, Architectural Fabrications Limited
  • London Build 2018 was our first year as exhibitors & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The show had plenty of interaction and interest!
    Free Falcon
  • London Build is a busy and vibrant expo bringing together large to small players in architecture, interior design, building, construction and refurbishment. I would recommend it as both an exhibitor and as a visitor.
    Sarah Hodgkins
    Owner and Artist, Charlotte Designs
  • We attended as a visitor for the first time last year and were impressed enough to rebook for this year. The standard of visitors that came to the stand was really good and the variety of roles from MD’s to electricians was excellent and some meaningful conversations took place, we met people that we would not have been able to access during a normal working week. It was a well organised event, very easy for the exhibitor and a really good atmosphere throughout, I would recommend that anyone who visited with a view to taking stand space in 2019 should go for it.
    Tim Brown
    Technical and Specification Manager, Unitrunk
  • I would wholeheartedly recommend exhibiting at London Build.
    Adam Martin
    Area Sales Advisor, Indigo Industrial Supplies
  • We had a great time exhibiting at this year’s show. We met a real mix of individuals and companies, collected some valuable leads and found it an excellent platform to showcase our new fire safe building wrap material to the market.
    Brett Rigby
    Business Development Manager, Service Graphics​​​​​​​
  • A very well organised exhibition. From the initial booking of our stand, design, social media coverage and logistics; London Build 2018 was a breeze to organise and exhibit at. The layout of the floorplan was very clear and enabled exhibitors to find stands they were interested in and engage with exhibitors. We certainly made a lot of new contacts and would recommend London Build!
    Suzie Davies
    Managing Director, Marquee Contracting Limited
  • London Build is THE construction show for London. A must attend
    Stuart Goddard
    Sales Director, The CPD Service
  • The London Build Expo was a well organised and attended event. The quality of the speakers and the discussion was high and there was a progressive development of new products and materials on show.
    Mark Hopkins
    Associate Director - Project Management, The Portman Estate​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a wonderful event. I particularly enjoyed the balance of like-minded professions and stimulating debate. There was never a moment without something of interest to see
    Chris Hildrey
    Architect, Director, Hildrey Studio​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a great experience bringing together all facets of building construction and operation. Highly recommended!
    Richard McElligott
    Director, Future Decisions​​​​​​​