In our world's history, more of us are drawn to cities than ever before. Over half of the world's 7 billion inhabitants now live in cities and this trend is anticipated to continue. It is vital that we become more creative in our design and use of city spaces. 


My name is Sarah Oberklaid, and my background as an urban planner and artist has inspired me to develop Drawn to Cities as a space to combine my fascination for the dynamics of cities with my love of drawing interesting places. Drawn to Cities shares my perspectives of diverse places and ideas for improving city life, sometimes these are written, photographed or drawn. Some of my writing is published on The Planthunter and The Urbanist, and some of my other drawings can be viewed at

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I currently live in Seattle, USA and have spent several months over the past year or so based in Évora, Portugal. I have worked on diverse projects focusing on strategic land use planning, housing, community engagement, open space, community and cultural  infrastructure and urban design, for a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations. Through the Drawn to Cities studio, I aspire to conduct innovative research, share knowledge and ideas, and engage with others interested in enhancing cities.  

I enjoy assisting and collaborating with diverse organizations and communities to develop interesting projects which seek to better understand and enhance the quality of cities. I am interested in assisting with projects based in the Pacific North West, as well as desktop based projects anywhere in the world.

In the spirit of learning new skills and rising to challenges, I have developed all content personally (everything including the website design, logos, images, articles, projects and maps, etc). Anything created by or with others in the process of developing this original content is credited. 

I would love to hear from you if you are interested in collaborating on a project with me, would like to know more about my work, resume or portfolio, or just feel like providing constructive feedback.