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Note: Design Forward LLC is proud to have served the Southern California area designing straw bale homes for over 15 years. However, we have moved on to other business ventures and have closed the business as of January 2017. We will not taking any new projects or responding to phone and email requests. This website will be left up as an archive of data for straw bale and design. You may find that some of the links are broken or out of date, but we will not be updating this site any longer. Thank you!
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About Design Forward
Logo ButtonDesign Forward was established in March of 2002 - we have extensive experience in the field of architecture, design and drafting:
Green America
Green Office
Enviroment California
Green Building Initiative
  • 20years of architectural drafting in CAD / CADD.
  • 15 years of residential design experience.
  • Over 14years specializing in sustainable residential design, including straw bale construction.
  • Hands-on construction and workshop experience. Teach on-going sustainable design courses, led numerous straw bale workshops, as well as organized workshops for others.
  • Comprehensive experience in computers, including AutoCAD, Sketch Up, FormZ, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, web design and web applications.
  • Principal designer, Lisa Swan, has a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from Norwich University.
  • Active participation in local organizations, including the California Straw Building Association.
  • Selected as a distinguished green business by Greenopia and Green America.
  • We were the first to permit staw bale homes in many areas, including Imperial County, Pomona, Pinyon Crest and other areas of San Diego, Los Angeles, and Southern California.
Logo Button Design Forward is located in Pasadena, CA, however we have worked in the following jurisdictions:
  • Imperial County, California (environmental impact report, acquired permits)
    • Ocotillo Wells - Anza Borrego Desert
  • Los Angeles County, California (acquired permits, Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, fire department review, community standards)
    • Altadena, California
    • La Crescenta, California
    • Pasadena, California - unincorporated area
    • Compton - unincorporated area
  • City of Los Angeles (acquired permits)
    • Hollywood Hills
    • Toluca Lake
  • City of South Pasadena, California (Design Review Board and acquired permits)
  • City of Pasadena, California (variance, conditional use permit, historical review, acquired permits)
    • Historic street
    • Old Town Pasadena
  • City of La Canada-Flintridge, California (high fire zone)
  • City of Monrovia, California (acquired permits)
  • City of Pomona, California (acquired permits)
  • City of San Gabriel, California
  • City of Glendale, California
  • City of Burbank, California
  • City of Inglewood, California
  • San Diego County, California (acquired permits)
    • Fallbrook, California
    • Valley Center, California
    • Julian, California
    • Jamul, California
    • Borrego Springs, California
    • Rancho Santa Fe, California (Design Review)
  • City of San Diego, California
  • City of Carlsbad, California
  • City of Encinitas, California
  • Riverside County (acquired permits)
    • Pinyon Crest, California
  • City of Las Vegas, Nevada

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Revised June 22, 2016