Sarah Naarden

Sarah Naarden


Sarah Naarden leverages 20 years of experience as an architect, social sustainability leader, design thinking advisor and social entrepreneur.

As a former Associate Director with Bates Smart, Sarah specialised as an interior architect. Over 10 years at the practice, she led cross-disciplinary design teams on local hospitals, mixed use residential developments and international hotels and her work on the Royal Childrens' Hospital was a career highlight.

In 2013 Sarah founded 'Design Think Tank', to enable the voices of first people, old people and young people to be heard in the place making process. As an advocate for Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health, Sarah created an Aboriginal Healing Garden at the Monash Medical Centre which received a Federal Government Community Service Award in 2014.

In 2015 Sarah set up her own design research practice 'Design Think Lab' with the aim to create social impact in the built environment. She has recently written a white paper about the future of aged care design and provided social sustainability advice for the City of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market's residential development bid.

Currently, Sarah is participating in the LAB 14 Carlton Connect University of Melbourne impact enterprise program. Her 'Hughaus' project proposes a rethinking of co-housing for our ageing population.


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