Sarah McDonald






Kansas City


P 816.581.4032

An architect in the Justice studio, Sarah is always seeking insights about the effects of the built environment on the physical and mental welfare of the users since using evidence-based design as the focus of her thesis during her final year of school. Since then, Sarah has found herself using similar ideas in her work on justice projects and is passionate about using research to explore new opportunities to better the built environment.

Outside of work, her hobbies include searching for treasures at thrift stores and antique shops, visiting new businesses in the area, especially new coffee shops and drinking establishments, baking treats for the office, taking walks around her neighborhood, or playing pickleball in local parks.

Get to know Sarah

What is the best part of your job?

I love all of it. I’m still finding new learning opportunities in all aspects of the design process.

What is your favorite quote?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Notable projects

Johnson County Courthouse

Olathe, KS

Saline County Jail courtyard

Saline County Jail & Sheriff’s Operation Center

Salina, KS

Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center

Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center

Bryan, TX

Wyandotte County Juvenile Justice Center

Kansas City, KS