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Sarah Mills

Sarah is course leader of the Master of Architecture, MArch, co-ordinates the MArch studio Cinematic Commons and lectures in architectural history and theory. She is also an internal examiner for the PG Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice.

Role within the School

Senior Lecturer


Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Hons), Diploma in Architecture (Architectural Association).


Sarah is a practising architect and is a regular design critic at other institutions. She has practised architecture widely and taught architectural design at Sheffield University before joining our University in 2008. Sarah is on the Yorkshire and Humber Design Review Panel and a co-founder of Group Ginger.


Recent collaborations and exhibitions include the Cinematic Commons exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds 2015; the Cinematic Commons exhibition and workshop at Columbia University (GSAPP) / Studio X in Mumbai, 2014; The Green Viaduct Leeds, a cultural intervention at Art Angel Open 100, 2013; Arts Space, a two-year residency working with school children to create large-scale art pieces using collected, reused everyday objects, 2011-2013; The Ginger Group pop-up cinema and event at Marshalls Mill, Leeds, 2012, sponsored by Igloo Regeneration and Quarmby Construction.


Filmic and scenographic ways of thinking in architecture and the representation of ‘commons’ through the film essay.

Selected Publications

Recent publications include: Mills, S. and Bernath. D. (2015) The Gaze of Commoning: Film Architecture as a New Urban Paradigm. Paper presented at the All Ireland Architecture Research Group conference, Dublin. Mills, S. and Baker S. (2014) Group Ginger. Legacy and place making through temporal use. In Mazzucotelli, S. Ed. Understanding Urban Pop-Cultures, Inter-Disciplinary Press. Mills, S. (2012) Cinematic Investigative Techniques to Inform Place Making. Proceedings of The Production of Place conference held at the University of East London in 2012.


Architectural Association London scholarship for Diploma of Architecture studies.

School of Architecture Contact

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Postal Address
Building B - Broadcasting Place
Woodhouse Lane
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