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Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP

Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP

Author of The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough

Since 1978, Sarah Nettleton has been designing homes and commercial projects with a deeper understanding that our built surrounds are a platform for living as both individuals and a global community. 

Today, as principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects, Nettleton designs homes and commercial projects with an emphasis on sustainable design and supporting a lifestyle that reflects the values that motivate her clients’ lives. 

In 2007, The Taunton Press released Nettleton’s first book, The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough. By understanding that home is a platform for our lives Nettleton, along with co-author Frank Edgerton Martin, show readers how home design can reflect and support that simple, sustainable and less-commodified lifestyle so many of us crave. The book has been well received with coverage in leading newspapers including The Los Angeles Times and The New York Post.

Among her acclaimed work as principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects is the Tofte Cabin, a 1947 cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior that Nettleton remodeled to be sustainable and connect to its natural surrounds. In 2002, the National Committee on the Environment for the American Institute of Architects awarded Sarah Nettleton Architects a Top Ten Green Projects Award for the green cabin remodel. In 2001, Sarah Nettleton Architects received an Honor Award from Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the Tofte Cabin. More at

Nettleton is a sought-after media resource and national speaker. She has been a guest on “The Today Show,” “The Nate Berkus Show” on Oprah & Friends Radio, KARE-TV in Minneapolis and KSTP-TV in St. Paul. She has been profiled in Renovation style magazine and has been tapped by Minnesota Public Radio and newspapers including The Star Tribune, Duluth News-Tribune and The St. Paul Pioneer Press for her sustainable approach to home design. She has spoken at distinguished venues including the 43rd International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, the University of Minnesota 2nd Annual Earth Day Forum, the Living Green Expo, the 2007 AIA National Convention, the 2007 Pacific Coast Builders Conference and as a guest lecturer at Carlton College. 

She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Architecture School and taught architectural technology at the Minneapolis Technical and Community College for 11 years. Nettleton is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). 

Nettleton is a graduate of Tulane University with a Master of Architecture degree. In 2004, she was awarded a RAVE (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) Honor Award for “Sustainable Modern Meets Kyoto Protocol” by the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter and Mpls./St. Paul magazine for a home that is in The Simple Home.

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