E. Sara McBarnette, LEED AP BD+C, MIES, LC, IALD

Sara joined the lighting design team at Auerbach Glasow in 1999 with a solid background in lighting design acquired over a five-year period while engaged with other prestigious lighting design firms.  She has been involved in the design and management of many significant lighting projects with Auerbach Glasow including exterior site master plans, city streetlighting design, commercial office facilities, fine arts museums, retail and worship spaces.

Sara developed an interest in lighting during her undergraduate years at Stanford University.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design Engineering, she chose to concentrate on lighting and enrolled in the Parsons School of Design program in architectural lighting where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree.  She has a LEED AP BD+C certification which represents specialization in green building practices for commercial design and construction.

Selected Project Experience
  • AT&T Foundry Innovation Center, Palo Alto, California
  • Auto Desk Design Center, San Francisco, California
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Cisco Showcase Suites, Telepresence, San Jose, California
  • City of Vallejo, Waterfront, Vallejo, California
  • Confidential Client , Building 47, Cupertino, California
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California
  • Curran Theater Renovation, San Francisco, California
  • Foundry Square, San Francisco, California
  • Hitachi GST Campus Core Master Plan, San Jose, California
  • James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Levi’s Stores, Nationwide Locations
  • Lockheed Martin Building 157, Sunnyvale, California
  • Marin Community Foundation Offices, Novato, California
  • Network Appliance, Executive Briefing Center, Sunnyvale, California
  • New Mammoth Lakes Courthouse, Mammoth Lakes, California
  • Oakland Museum of California Renovation, Oakland, California
  • Poly International Plaza, Guangzhou, China
  • Rex Phebus Veterans Memorial District Center, Clovis, California
  • Robson Square Ice Rink Expansion, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • San Francisco City Streetlighting – Dolores Street and Liberty Heights, San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco Street Light Plan, San Francisco, California
  • San Jose Greater Downtown Exterior Streetscape Lighting Master Plan, San Jose, California
  • Stanford University, Windhover Contemplative Center, Palo Alto, California
  • The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Interior Renovation, San Francisco, California
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Wrightsman Galleries, New York, New York
  • Toledo Museum of Art Campus, Toledo, Ohio
  • University of California, Davis, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, California
  • University of California, Davis, Lecture Hall, , Davis, California
  • Master of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, Architectural Lighting
  • Bachelor of Science, Stanford University, Product Design Engineering
  • National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, Lighting Certification (LC)
  • United States Green Building Council, LEED Accredited Professional, LEED® AP BD + C
Professional Affiliations
  • Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers
  •  Department of Energy Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium
  •  Illuminating Engineering Society
  •  National Organization of Minority Architects – Affiliate Member
Professional Activities
  • Judge: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Illumination Awards, 2017-2019
  • Judge: A|L Magazine Light & Architecture Design Awards, 2018
  • Judge: SF-Lux Awards, 2018
  • Subject Expert: LEED AP BD+C exam development, 2017
  • Judge: Robert Bruce Thompson Student Light Fixture Design Competition, 2015
  • Speaker: National Association of Minority Architects, San Francisco Chapter, Things to Know About Lighting When Designing for Sustainability, 2010
  • Instructor: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, San Francisco, Introduction to Lighting Calculations, 2009 and 2010
  • Speaker: National Association of Minority Architects, San Francisco Chapter, Introduction to Lighting and Sustainability, 2008