Sara Stevens is an architectural and urban historian, and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is an Assistant Professor of architectural and urban design history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the chair of the Master of Urban Design program. Her research focuses on real estate developers of the 20th century, exploring the cultural economy of architectural practice, finance, and expertise in Canada and the United States. Her book, Developing Expertise: Architecture and Real Estate in Metropolitan America (Yale University Press, 2016), studies real estate development in 20th century American cities, and how developers, investors, and architects worked together to build subdivisions and superblocks, cul-de-sacs, and towers. She has taught at Rice University and Columbia University, and worked as a practicing architect.