A licensed architect for more than 20 years, Sarah has been featured by Houzz and named one of Washington, D.C.’s Top 100 Designers by Home & Design Magazine. She mingles her time between parenting her three kids and directing Studio 360, a residential architecture firm providing design excellence and attentiveness to discerning clients.
Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
A: Find a mentor! I encourage both young women and new women business owners of any age to stay curious and demonstrate a desire to continue learning. Find a mentor in your field, ask questions and be fervent in applying their advice. Don’t be afraid to look inexperienced; too many people pretend they know more than they do. Be authentic and own what you don’t know. It’s OK to ask for help. Good leaders appreciate teachable and humble employees and business partners.
Q: What has been an unexpected surprise in your work?
A: When I was a young professional, I was taught to separate business from personal life. As I’ve become more experienced, I’ve been surprised by how easy and natural it is to allow both sides of life to mix. I genuinely care for and connect with each of my clients. I’m also committed to offering the highest level of professional service on every project, and perhaps because I do all residential work, by the end of a project, I feel like I know that family so well. It’s a privilege to work on their home and consider them my friends.
Q: How have you mentored aspiring architects?
A: I often have high school and college students shadow me on job sites or work as interns. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer at my kids school teaching about artists and architects. Investing in the next generation of young people by spending time with them and exposing them to the profession is so important to me. I love my job and hope my enthusiasm is contagious!