Sarah Featherstone



Morning Session

11.10AM:Black Mountains College: working towards a positive social and ecological future”

Sarah Featherstone BA Hons Dip Arch (UCL)


Sarah is an architect and co-Director of Featherstone Young, a practice with expertise in place-making and social engagement. She is also a member of VeloCity, an all-women, multidisciplinary team re-imagining the village for the 21st century, creating new homes and working environments in healthy and socially cohesive places. Her projects include the award winning Tŷ Pawb (Everybody’s House), a new model for an arts venue in Wrexham, Stonecrop, a new house in in Rutland and Ty Hedfan, a new house in the Brecon Beacons. One of FY’s current projects is the campus for the newly formed Black Mountains College set I the Brecon Beacons National Park. Sarah teaches at Central St Martins, UAL and the Welsh School of Architecture. Her teaching and practice reflect her interest in the way people shape their environments and how architecture can stimulate, rather than dictate, activity and social interaction.

Black Mountains College is a new further and higher education college located in Wales and founded as a direct response to the ecological and climate crisis. The school’s unique programme will connect the environment, society and the individual, to produce rounded, resilient leaders with a wide set of capabilities which can address a growing skills gap in Wales and the UK.

Featherstone Young are the architects designing the new campus in the Brecon Beacons National Park, crafting it from an existing farmstead, through both reuse of existing buildings and carefully sited new buildings.  Adopting the most effective sustainable principles it will promote active travel with cycling and walking as the primary mode of transport to and from the campus.