“I have been living in New Orleans for five years now, working on Make It Right and other community-focused green building projects in the Lower 9th Ward. There is a vast network of green-living proponents in this city, but cohesion and organization are lacking. The formation of Life City marks the beginning of a powerful movement toward correcting this and toward achieving a new level of environmental justice, and I am honored to be a part of it. “
Sarah Howell is an Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who practiced in California and New York before moving to New Orleans. As a student at Yale, she developed an interest in Sustainable Design, which led her to Austin Veum Robbins Partners, a firm in California specializing in “green” design and building practices. She later moved to New York City, where she gained experience in residential design and historic preservation. Sarah has experience with project types ranging from large institutional to small-scale residential and in her time at John Williams Architects, she has focused exclusively on affordable residential design that meets the most rigorous green building standards.
As Project Architect for Make It Right, Sarah and her team produce the construction documents and oversee the construction of LEED Platinum houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sarah also manages the LEEDCertification process for each house, working closely with the contractors to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for every Make It Right home. Sarah is also the Project Architect for phase V of Project Home Again, a non-profit organization building 100 affordable green houses in the Gentilly area and donating them to families who lost their homes in Katrina. For this flagship project, Sarah and her team are providing architectural services from Schematic Design through Construction Administration.