Sara joined the SVPA team as a full time employee in 2003. She started her experience as an intern at SVPA while completing her degree at Iowa State University and gained additional experience at a firm outside the Iowa market after graduation. Sara became an Associate in 2009, and Vice President in 2011.

Sara is experienced in all aspects of programming and space planning. She firmly believes that every project requires a strong line of communication from the conception stage of the process through construction. Sara takes a holistic approach to design based on the needs and desire’s of each individual client. She believes that design is constantly evolving with society and continues to push the creative process to reflect that development.

Sara has extensive experience in Programming and Planning as well as Finish Selection, Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment Selection and Construction Administration.

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Academic Credentials & Certifications...

  • Registered Interior Designer in Iowa
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Iowa State University, 2001
  • NCIDQ Certified

Professional Highlights & Affiliations...

  • Vice President and Director of Interior Design, SVPA Architects Inc.
  • Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • LEED Accredited Professional, United States Green Building Council
  • Member, West Des Moines Development Board
  • Past Board Chair, State of Iowa Interior Design Examination
  • Past Board Member, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Member & Past President, IIDA Great Plains Chapter
  • Des Moines Business Record "Forty Under 40," Class of 2009

Honors & Awards...

  • IIDA Gold Award for Urbandale City Hall, Urbandale, IA – Government category
  • IIDA Silver Award for Waukee YMCA
  • IIDA Silver Award for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church – Educational/Religious category
  • “You Make the Difference” Award, Link Associates Foundation

Community Activities…

  • Member, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, IA
  • Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Class of 2006-2007

Current and Recent Project Work...

  • Vermeer Yellow Iron Academy, Pella, IA
  • Athene, West Des Moines, IA
  • Principal Child Development Center, Des Moines, IA
  • B.E. Smith Children’s Center, Shawnee Mission, KS
  • Bradshaw Law Firm Tenant Improvement, Des Moines, IA
  • Valley Community Center, West Des Moines, IA
  • Hy-Vee Corporate, The Ron Pearson Center, West Des Moines, IA
  • Nationwide, Des Moines, IA
  • ChildServe, Johnston, IA
  • West Des Moines Community School District
     Crestview Elementary School Improvements
     Fairmeadows Elementary School Renovations & Addition
     Jordan Creek Elementary School
     Walnut Creek Campus Interior Renovation
     Western Hills Elementary Renovations & Addition
  • Sammons Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
  • STEM@Drake University, Des Moines, IA