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Sara Kolata

Sara Kolata was always a humanitarian at heart and dreamt of making the world a better place.

Sara studied in London submerged in the world of prestigious Architecture. She was inspired by the glorious career paths of celebrity architects and believed for this to be the only path to success within the industry. She did however question the humanitarian, environmental and socio-economic impact of many of their projects and felt uneasy with what she saw.

Sara longed to see more meaning and contribution in their work.

Sara also began to realise how difficult it is for young architects to get the full experience of project delivery and building, and she didn’t want to be a drafter.

She wanted to get my hands dirty, building.

At the age of 23, Sara went to a conference at TU Berlin dedicated to architects doing humanitarian aid. They looked different to all the pale, overworked architects she had met before. They looked happy, had tones of travel stories and fascinating career paths. They also were building like crazy. Delivering countless projects around the world, building much more than the architects she studied. They were building projects that were needed and quick to implement, and in this, Sara saw an opportunity of being able to become an architect in the full essence.

"That’s what I want my life as an architect to look like."- Sara thought.

Sara went on a search looking around the world to find where she could make an impact like that.

Listen to this episode to hear where Sara's inspiring journey led her to.

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