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'Prosperity, Community and Identity: The built environment and creative capacity,' conference at the Legatum Institute.
As part of the legatum Institute's 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, the seminar explores the role of urban landscapes in shaping our wellbeing and creativity. Many thanks to the organisers and participants for a fantastic day.
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Exhibition: Mathaf by Sara Shafiei & Ben Cowd
ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Doha, Qatar
Photograph by KAVEH SHAFIEI
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd lecture, TASMEEM.
Biennial Art and Design Conference, Doha, Qatar.

HYBRID MAKING: LAB INDIA, VCUQatar
ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Doha, Qatar

Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd LAB leaders at this years Tasmeem. Many thanks to all student and staff for the invitation, warm welcome and hospitality throughout the week. A special thank you to Kevin Woolley for his organisation and his collaboration throughout Tasmeem. 

Biennial Art and Design Conference.

Photograph by LALA KABIRIAN



Ben Cowd and Sara Shafiei invited lecturers and Lab leaders at International Biennial Art and Design Conference, 'Tasmeem 2013'. 
KEYNOTE Speaker: Rem Koolhaas

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Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd lecture, Cork School of Architecture, Ireland.
Many thanks to all student and staff for the invitation, warm welcome and hospitality throughout the day. A special thanks to Kieran Cremin for organising the event.

For further information on Cork school of Architecture please visit:
http://ccae.ie/
You can also follow the student work on:
www.ccaemarch12.blogspot.ie 




WIN: £10,000 LEND LEASE/ AJ GRAND AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE
The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London

Ben Cowd's Book: Solar Topography, The Farnese Gardens, Rome has won the Lend Lease/ Architects Journal Grand Award for Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition London. 

Sara and Ben with Thomas Hopkins are also exhibiting a drawing: The Mosque of the Sun, Qatar and will be giving a talk about the work at the Royal Academy on 20th July.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: LECTURE Cape Town, South Africa.
Thursday 26th April 2012.
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd invited lecturers at International Conference, 'Conversations In Architecture'  hosted by Hugh Fraser. COA Cape Town.
Press Release: Tailor-made for architects and anyone working in the building and related design industries, the seminar features speakers from Saraben-Studio, one of the UK’s most promising young architectural and design firms, alongside local design mavens Porky Hefer and Haldane Martin; architect-filmmaker Robert Silke and film buff Alexandra Parker. Architecture students will also share their fresh insights to the huge opportunities ahead.

“After two decades of marvelling in the possibilities of computers, enough time has passed to appreciate that they often don't make better buildings”, says architect Hugh Fraser, seminar host. “Using the work of Saraben Studio as a departure point, the COA conference explores what is possible now that we better understand digital rendering, modelling and fabrication. The boundaries between the design fields have also blurred allowing architecture, interior and furniture design to blend with product and graphic design more seamlessly.” Hugh Fraser. Photographs by Jurie Seneka. 


ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION 2012
Mosque of the Sun II: Crown of Doha Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Show 2012.
Project Location: Doha, Qatar
Team: Ben Cowd, Thomas Hopkins,
Sara shafiei
Materials: Paper, Etched brass, Rapid Prototype.
To see the exhibition please visit: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/summer-exhibition-2012/




QATAR FOUNDATION, VCU Guest Visiting Lecturer
Sara Shafiei of saraben -studio is guest desk critic and visiting lecturer at VCU Qatar, Interior Design Department, Qatar Foundation.   
For more information on Qatar Foundation and VCU please visit: http://www.qatar.vcu.edu/



LECTURE AT VCU QATAR
Sunday 10th April 2011, 6PM
VCUQatar, Education City, Doha

Press release: A lecture by Sara Shafiei, discussing the relationship of new architectural interventions in order to produce a contemporary style rich in textures, patterns and layers. Includes a presentation of her work that harnesses the use of modern technology and her interest in excess baroque ornamentation to create an ornamental theatre influenced by magic and illusion.
For more information please visit: http://www.qatar.vcu.edu/news/vcuqatar-presents--6



INTERVIEW: NORMAN FOSTER MOVIE







'How much does your building weigh Mr Foster?'

Directed by Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas
Ben Cowd is Interviewed in Norman Foster's movie 'How much does your building weigh Mr Foster'
Press Release: The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France.
To buy the movie on DVD visit: amazon.co.uk












LRSA ARCHITECTS AWARDS 2011
President: Tom Hart
Arena, Leicester
Saraben-academia exhibits drawings and models at the LRSA Awards Ceremony 2011 and receives an award for excellence for the work produced during the RIBA initiated Polyark II event.
For more information please visit: www.architects-lrsa.org







VENICE BIENNALE 2010
Sunday 29th August to Sunday 21st November 2010
People meet in Architecture, Directed by Kazuyo Sejima (Sanaa)
Giardini, Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd exhibit Drawings and models at the Venice Biennale Architecttura, Venice
The work is part of the Unit 20 Exhibit in the Austrian Pavilion. The Biennale runs until October 2010
Press Release: The exhibition People meet in architecture is laid out in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni della Biennale (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, forming a single itinerary, with 48 participants: firms, architects, engineers and artists from around the world. The Exhibition presents National Participations (53) in the historical Pavilions in the Giardini, in the Arsenale and in various locations throughout the city of Venice.















SARABEN>STUDIO PUBLISHED IN ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING BOOK
Portfolio Skills: Architectural Drawing
Author: David Dernie

This book contains many drawings and models by Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd to explain the importance and varying role of drawing and communication in contemporary architecture and architectural education. 

For further information visit: amazon.co.uk














BEN COWD PUBLISHED IN EXUBERANCE

The New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture
Features the work of Ben Cowd
Edited by Marjan Colletti
Press Release: Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio-techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle-Eastern and Asian super-urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.
To buy the book click here: amazon.com


THE CULTURE SHOW
Saraben>studio featured on the culture show
Channel 4: RA Summer Exhibition
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd's project 'The Crown of Esfahan' was praised by Rachel Cook in a special episode of the Culture Show about this years Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.




RA SUMMER EXHIBITION 2010
The Royal Academy of Art, London
14 June—22 August 2010
saraben-studio exhibit 'The Crown of Esfahan' at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2010. The Summer Exhibition runs until 22nd August 2010. Other architects include; Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster and Peter Cook.
The Exhibition was curated by David Chipperfield



SARABEN>STUDIO PUBLISHED IN SLASH
Slash: Paper under the knife
The Museum of Art and Design, New York
Author: David McFadden
Accompanying the exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Saraben>studio are published in the book SLASH, highlighting the work of 45 artists exhibiting in the the travelling exhibition exploring the role of paper in contemporary arts.
For further information visit: amazon.co.uk










EXHIBITION @ MAD, NEW YORK
The Museum of Art and Design 
October 7, 2009 - April 4, 2010
Curated by: David Revere McFadden
Press Release: Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world's renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD's Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design.
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd exhibit drawings and models as part of the Slash Paper under the knife Exhibition. Other artists include Olafur Eliasson, Kara Walker and Noriko Ambe



























RA SUMMER EXHIBITION 2009







The Royal Academy of Art, London

8 June—16 August 2009

Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009. The Summer Exhibition was curated by architect Will Alsop and runs untill August 2009.













SARA SHAFIEI PUBLISHED IN NEAR FUTURES
Features the work of Sara Shafiei
Edited by Nic Clear
Press release: In this highly pertinent issue, guest–editor Nic Clear questions received notions of the future. Are the norms of economic growth the only way society can develop? Does the current economic crisis call into question a future of unlimited growth and/or enable different choices? Drawing on such fields as synthetic space, psychoanalysis, postmordern geography, post–economics, cybernetics, and neurology, as well as interviews with novelist William Gibson, Archigram architect David Greene, and musician Brian Eno, Architectures of the Near Future offers practicing architects, students, and others a series of alternative voices.
To buy the book click here: amazon.com 









RAASTA FLAGSHIP STORE FEATURED IN ARCHITECTS JOURNAL








'Sara Shafiei shows off Madrid Shop'
Edited by Richard Waite

saraben>studio's competition win to design the new Flagship store for Raasta Fashion in Madrid was published in the Architects Journal Magazine.

To see more images of this project click here

















DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE







Passages through Hinterland
Edited by Sara Shafiei and Ruairi Glynn
Digital Architecture: Passages Through Hinterlands is a collection of provocative projects from a young generation of digitally enabled designers. This publication oscillates between the analog and the digital, from concept to realisation, mapping processes as it explores the diverse digital paths that lead innovative spaces, poetic narratives and social interactions.
The book covers a spectrum of London’s leading graduates and young practices, featuring projects from the Architectural Association, Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), University of Westminster and Royal College of Art, and case studies and interviews with architects including Amanda Levete Architects, Plasma Studio, JDS Architects, sixteen* (makers), Horhizon, marcosandmarjan, Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Philip Beesley, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Usman Haque and Neil Spiller.
For more information visit: passagesthroughhinterlands.com









SARA SHAFIEI PUBLISHED IN PROTOARCHITECTURE






Features the work of Sara Shafiei
Edited by Bob Sheil
With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field
For further information visit: amazon.co.uk


SARA & BEN PUBLISHED IN BARTLETT DESIGNS
Speculating with Architecture
Edited by Iain Borden
Bartlett Design includes projects by Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd
Bartlett Designs: Speculating with Architecture communicates a new message about the importance of inventive and well-designed architecture and its relevance to the wider public. Highly visual, this unique resource features full-color images showcasing the newest generation of designers. Visually stunning, the text is richly illustrated with drawings and both computer-aided and hand-crafted models.




SARA SHAFIEI WINS BEST DRAWING PRIZE @ RA
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
Awarded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw
Sara Shafiei was awarded the Royal Academy of Arts Best Drawing Prize for the cross section through the Theatre for Magicians, Rome.

RA SUMMER EXHIBITION 2008
The Royal Academy of Art, London
9 June— 17 August 2009
Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2008. Other architects exhibiting include Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Peter Cook and Renzo Piano.