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 vibrant and robust advocate for social justice. Barnard established and curated a year-long fine art exhibition 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 demonstrates her commitment to helping organizations that protect and advance our society as well as our humanity. She stands firm in her quest to aid institutions such as The Heritage Square Museum, the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Olmstead Preservation Association which work to protect architectural and cultural histories. Additionally, she has served the Downtown Women’s Center which provides permanent supportive housing to homeless women; the National Immigration Law Center which protects 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 critical to our well-being, yet in present times, they are at considerable 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 support each other to create a better world, with hope, beauty, and dignity.

Sarah Barnard designs healthy, happy, personalized spaces that are deeply connected to nature and art.

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