Saraben-academia was established in 2009 to record and publish the ideas and research developed during the workshops and studios taught by Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd.

Sara Shafiei teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Oxford Brookes University and Ben Cowd  is a senior lecturer at the Leicester School of Architecture.  

“We look at teaching and academia as a competitive playground and laboratory to test and experiment with ideas, technology, materials and theory. We share ideas and skills openly with students, who often push them and us further… The work is insperable, to a point where we’re never sure who’s teaching who…”