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 on 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 architecture, 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 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 which aids and inspires 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 www.scale.asid.org

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

To learn more about Sarah Barnard Design, please visit www.SarahBarnard.com.

Sarah Barnard: LEED AP, Interior Designer, 2017 ASID Scholar Award Winner

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Sarah Barnard has been recognised by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as a rising leader in the interior design industry demonstrating exceptional leadership and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. Awarded with the highest honor of Scholar, the ASID recognises Sarah's commitment to fostering connectivity and growth throughout the community.

"As a LEED AP, I design healthy, sustainable interiors for non-profit organizations that work to protect our architectural and cultural heritage and fight for social and environmental justice."

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.

"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." 

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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.

Barnard is currently working on interior design projects in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Los Feliz, Hancock Park & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.

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