Designing a Compassionate Community: How Designers Can Create Mutually Beneficial Relationships with Non-Profits

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Sarah Barnard will be presenting at SCALE the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) National Student Summit in Los Angeles February 23-25, 2018. Hailed as “the must attend event of the year for interior design students” SCALE is an excellent resource for both students and educators who care about the impact of design on human life. Students of interior design will gain exclusive insights into a variety of professional roles, and educators will explore current topics and resources to expand their programs. Students studying other built environment professions such as architecture, landscape archi- tecture, and urban planning will also benefit from the multi-disciplinary speakers and diversity of topics presented at SCALE.

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As a recent ASID Scholar award winner, Sarah Barnard LEED A.P. has been selected amongst a highly curated roster of speakers to discuss her interior design practice and methodology for creating mutually beneficial relationships with non-profit organizations. “The potential for sustainability and growth is the product of symbiotic systems” says Sarah Barnard. “Designing a compassionate community is about building relationships that are long-lasting.”

Sarah has been committed to helping organizations that protect and advance our society as well as our humanity, standing firm in a quest to aid institutions such as: The Heritage Square Museum, the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Olmstead Preservation Association, working to protect architectural and cultural histories; the Downtown Women's Center providing permanent supportive housing to homeless women; the National Immigration Law Center providing protection for immigrants, low-income workers and people of all genders and sexual orientations; Life Rolls On/ Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, aiding and inspiring people with disabilities.

Sarah says "These types of organizations have never been more important to our well-being, yet in present times, are at great risk. I understand that by providing pro-bono design services, securing donations of goods and services and by always continuing to encourage growth and expansion of a compassionate community, we can encourage each other to create a better world, with hope, beauty and dignity.”

SCALE The ASID National Student Summit with be held at the Sheraton Grand located downtown at 711 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA 90017. To register visit

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau- Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation. Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters.