Sara Klomps Associate Director Dipl Ing Arch, ARB
Sara Klomps first joined Zaha Hadid Architects as an intern in 1998–1999, when she worked on several competitions. After completing her studies in Germany, she returned to the practice in 2000 as a qualified architect. An associate since 2007 and associate director since 2014, Sara is involved in both the design and delivery of a range of the practice’s projects, including museums, sports facilities, and civic buildings. Sara is a registered architect in both Germany and the United Kingdom.
Education & Teaching
Sara studied in Germany at the Universität Dortmund and at the Universität Karlsruhe, graduating with a diploma in architecture in 2000. She has a particular interest in construction methodology and concrete design, and lectures on the subject regularly at architecture schools and industry events.
Sara has worked on a number of the practice’s seminal projects including the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati; the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI: Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome; the Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim- Nord in Strasbourg; and the 800-metre long Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi. She was also the project architect for the multi-award-winning Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany, leading the project team from the initial concept design through construction to the completion of the project.
Alongside project director Jim Heverin, Sara was one of two project architects for the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sara led the project team from the beginning of the concept phase through to the completion of the project for both the Olympic and Legacy stages of the project, with a focus on the project’s successful delivery. Her most recent projects include the new 90,000m2 high rise headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq, and a residential development on a technically demanding site in New York.