Sara studied architecture at the University of Bath. After gaining her professional qualification in 1990, she worked for Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners on Waterloo International Station and the RAC Headquarters at Bristol, and for Wilkinson Eyre Architects on the Crossrail Redevelopment of Liverpool Street Station.
Sara went on to work with Alison Brooks Architects and delivered the award-winning Atoll Hotel Project on the island of Helgoland in Germany.
In 1994 she and William Stevens won third prize in an open competition for the design of a National Glass Centre at Sunderland. Yabsley Stevens Architects was founded in 1998 and is based in Highgate, North London.
Since setting up YSA, Sara has worked predominately in the residential sector, focusing on high-quality refurbishment projects and making renovations and additions to listed buildings. She has continued her association with Alison Brooks Architects, assisting with the practice development and a project for a new academic and residential quad for Exeter College at Oxford University.
Sara also collaborates with other architects, advising on the initial stages of projects, appraising appointment agreements, compiling fee proposals and providing technical expertise.