Diversity and Inclusion in Interior Design Practice: Sarah Barnard Awarded Scholar Recognition by ASID

Sarah Barnard, Allied ASID, LEED AP (PRNewsfoto/Sarah Barnard Design)

Sarah Barnard has been recognized 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 celebrates Sarah’s commitment to fostering connectivity and growth throughout the community.

“To honor and support diversity in leadership roles in interior design, the American Society of Interior Designers has launched Ones to Watch, a program which recognizes American designers across four categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, and Manufacturing Leadership,” said Estefanía Acosta, writer for Metropolis. “Barnard was selected in the Volunteer Leadership category in part for her history of supporting non-profit organizations like the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) in Los Angeles.”

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.”

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. For more information about Sarah visit www.sarahbarnard.com

To learn more about the Ones to Watch Scholar Program visit https://www.asid.org/resources/awards/ones-to-watch

To read the recent Metropolis article visit http://www.metropolismag.com/interiors/asid-ones-watch/