The 29-year-old was previously deputy director of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and is expected to take up her new role on 13 October.
Before her role at the LFA, Ichioka worked as a consultant curator for the Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern, and was exhibition content coordinator for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale.
She succeeds previous director Rowan Moore, who resigned in May (AJ online 06.05.08)
Ichioka said: ‘I look forward to building a focused, pertinent programme for the foundation, developed in close collaboration with its trustees, staff and patrons, and inspired by its history as an independent advocate for innovation and emerging talent in contemporary architecture and urbanism.’
AF chair Brian Clarke said Ichioka’s appointment will enable the foundation to make the necessary changes to cope with the ‘challenging’ times ahead.
‘The AF will inevitably be changing its shape to accommodate what it perceives as the changing needs of this challenging period,’ said Clarke.
He added: ‘The board of trustees are thrilled at the prospect of working with Sarah and are confident of an exciting future bringing our passion for the best in contemporary architecture to an ever wider audience.’
Sarah Ichioka's career so far:
• 2007-present: Deputy director, London Festival of Architecture
• 2006-2007: Consultant curator, Tate Modern
• 2004-2007: Research associate, Urban Age Project
• 2006-2007: Urban consultant, Witherford Watson Mann Architects
• 2005-2006: Catalogue & exhibition content coordinator, La Biennale di Venezia
• 2003-2005: Associate, Enterprise LSE Cities Ltd
• 2004-2005: Teaching assistant, Urban Infrastructure & Development Cities Programme, London School of Economics
• 2003: MSc, City Design and Social Science, London School of Economics
• 2001: History BA, Yale