Designing a Compassionate Community: Hope, Beauty, Dignity

Heritage Square Museum. Los Angeles, California. 

Sarah Barnard, LEED AP, designs healthy, sustainable interiors for non-profit organizations that work to protect our architectural and cultural heritage and fight for social and environmental justice. Barnard doesn’t just offer pro-bono design services to organizations that protect the very fabric of our society; she fosters connectivity and growth both to the institutions as well as the groups that they serve.

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The most recent of Barnard’s pro-bono projects, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), is a non-profit law firm that defends and advances the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. Barnard created a workplace reflective of NILC’s identity as a strong and vibrant advocate for social justice. Barnard established and curated a year-long fine art exhibition in order to continue to help NILC beyond the scope of her design services, by coordinating the artists, overseeing the installation, producing an exhibition catalog and promoting the opening reception. The event infused NILC’s workspace with visual art, raised funds for the organization and expanded their community of supporters to include not only attorneys and advocates but also artists, collectors, curators, critics, designers and friends.

National Immigration Law Center. Los Angeles, California. 

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We live in challenging times. Since founding her company in 2003, Barnard, who has been committed to helping organizations that protect and advance our society as well as our humanity, stands firm in her quest to aid institutions such as: The Heritage Square Museum, the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Olmstead Preservation Association work to protect architectural and cultural histories; the Downtown Women’s Center provides permanent supportive housing to homeless women; the National Immigration Law Center provides protection for immigrants, low-income workers and people of all genders and sexual orientations; Life Rolls On-Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, that aids and inspires people with disabilities.

Life Rolls On + Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Los Angeles, California. 

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These types of organizations have never been more important to our well-being, yet in present times, are at great risk. Barnard understands 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.

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. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.