Sadie is a founding director of dRMM and industry leader. Her steadfast belief in the importance of design that connects back to people and place is a central influence in our practice. Over her 25-year career Sadie has played a key role in the advocacy of exemplary design and architecture, through her professional practice and advisory roles.
In her role as a design champion Sadie is involved in a number of advisory roles including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two, reporting directly to the Secretary of State and being one of ten commissioners for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) led by Chief Executive Phil Graham. She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group which will place design at the heart of all new major infrastructure projects and ensure that designers have a seat at the table at every step in a project’s lifecycle. In 2017 Sadie was chosen as a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority and became a non-executive director of the Major Project Association. Most recently she has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of U+I to oversee delivery of their commitments to community engagement in PPP projects.
Lecturing extensively both nationally and internationally, Sadie talks passionately about the role of architects in society and the importance of infrastructure which connects to people and places. She sits on competition jury and advisory panels including the RIBA National Awards Advisory Panel and represents the profession in the media through radio, TV appearances, articles and column for Building Magazine.
Sadie became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013 and was short-listed for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award in 2014. In 2017 she was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards for her work in ‘championing the importance of design at the highest political level’. Most recently Sadie won the inaugural ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD Architect of the Year awards 2019.
Sadie is highly active within the architecture industry, both in business and extra-curricular activity. She sailed with the winning Great British team in the Commodores’ Cup 2012, rode Cycle to MIPIM 2015 and pedElle 2017 for Corum, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to support The Railway Children organisation in 2017.
Elements of Sadie’s design thinking can be found throughout dRMM’s projects, from the Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier to Trafalgar Place, Clapham Manor Primary School, the Athlete’s Village for the London Olympic Games and Faraday House at the Battersea Power Station.