Sarah Gaventa

Sarah Gaventa

Director, Illuminated River Foundation
Sarah, Hon. Fellow of both RIBA and the Landscape Institute, is a public space and public art expert and curator, and was previously Director of CABE Space at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment. She has been Chair of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration Forum for the past five years. Prior to these roles, Sarah co-founded Scarlet Projects, a creative consultancy that curated architecture and design exhibitions, events and public spaces, with the aim of bringing contemporary design to a wider public audience. She has also been an Associate and member of the senior management team at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architects, and was interim director of the Architecture Foundation in 2014. Whilst at CABE Sarah was also Director of Seachange, a £40 million capital programme for the cultural regeneration of seaside resorts. She has been a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Expert Panel, English Heritage's Environment Panel, Transport for London's Design Review Panel, is an advisor and founding member of the London Architecture Festival, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 2010 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute for her outstanding contribution to landscape and in 2018 was made a RIBA Honorary Fellow.  She has won a Guggenheim Scholarship and has sat on the advisory board of the National Art & Design Saturday Club for the Sorrell Foundation. Sarah studied art history at both the Courtauld and University College London and has an MA from the Royal College of Art. She is the author of three books, including "New Public Spaces" for Mitchell Beazley.