Since founding R+B in 2003 with her husband, R+B Principal John Rowland, AIA, Sarah has embraced a holistic model of practice, continuously elevating the firm’s reputation for excellence in design. A leader to her team, she champions the firm’s overriding belief that sustainable design is an integral component to delivering high quality, thoughtful projects that stand the test of time. The health and well-being of clients is critical, and inclusivity is a hallmark of all interactions.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Colorado Boulder College of Environmental Design with Honors, Sarah’s experience includes high-end hospitality and residential architecture, interior design, urban design, and historic preservation. Her design leadership spans studios in Aspen and Denver with projects ranging from coast to coast and beyond. In 2022, Sarah, a Licensed Architect, was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, which recognizes significant contributions to the profession of Architecture and society.
Sarah promotes a collaborative approach with clients, the professional growth of her team, of which 50% are women at every level, and diversity of viewpoints via a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. Over R+B’s tenure, she has held multiple leadership positions, including Chair of the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission and 2023 AIA Colorado President, and is frequently invited to sit on awards juries and speak on panels, webinars, and podcasts. Under Sarah’s leadership, R+B has been named AIA Colorado Firm of the Year and team projects have been awarded by AIA Colorado, IIDA, ASID Colorado, and PSMJ, among others. Her convergent philosophy led to an invitation for the firm to participate in the 2023 Venice Architectural Biennale.