Sara Hendren

Lecturer in Architecture

Sara Hendren is a humanist in tech—an artist, design researcher, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering. Her book What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World explores the places where disability shows up in design: an inventive tradition of remaking our everyday tools and environments that also carries the highest human stakes. It was named one of the Best Books of 2020 by NPR and the winner of a Science in Society Journalism prize. Her design work has been widely exhibited around the world—at the Seoul Museum of Art, the Vitra Museum, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others—and is held in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt. In 2021-22, she is a fellow in Education Policy at the New America think tank, where she is researching the future of work for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities.