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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 You may find that some of the links are broken or out of date, but we will not be updating this site any longer.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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Lisa A. Swan

Owner and founder of Design Forward LLC, Lisa A. Swan is the lead designer on all of the company's projects. She is an honors graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture and received a MBA from Norwich University. Concentrating on residential design for the last 11 years, she has over 15 years of design and drafting experience. She established Design Forward in March of 2002 to more specifically concentrate on sustainable design. Professional memberships include Associate AIA - American Institute of Architects, CASBA - California Straw Building Association, The Alliance for Sustainability, Green America Business Network, and Environment California.

Lisa Swan's Full Resume

Services, Awards and Recognitions
07.2010 Featured in an article for Esther Alvarez's straw bale home, designed by Lisa Swan
11.2008 Selected as a Greenopia Distinguished Business for 2009
04.2008 Interviewed for an article about the costs of going green: "Color of Money" in Pasadena Magazine
02.23.2008 Instructor for "Sustainable Building: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient" Seminar
01.6.2008 Listed and published in straw bale article
04.2007 Interviewed by the Dennis Nitchy BBC program, Digital Planet, for a story about PaperBackSwap.com, Audio program (RealPlayer needed to play, download for free here)
04.21.2007 Straw Bale Demonstration Project for the Conscious Living Fair 2007
04.20.2007 Certificate of Recognition: Co-Creating the Ideal Life 2013 for the area of Construction (Straw Bale)
02.17.2007 Instructor for "Sustainable Building: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient" Seminar
01.2007 Selected as a the Editor of the Google Open Directory Project (DMOZ) for the Earthship category.
11.04.2006 Instructor for "Sustainable Building: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient" Seminar
5.13.2006 Instructor for "Sustainable Building: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient" Seminar
4.22.2006 Selected as a green business by Greenopia
3.17.2006 Career Profile in the Book "Becoming an Architect" published by John Wiley
2.28.2006 Discussion Panelist for Business and Professional Caucus of the California Democratic Party - "Go Green".
2.9.2006 Instructor for "Sustainable Building: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient" Seminar
12.14.2005 Selected as a the Editor of the Google Open Directory Project (DMOZ) for the Straw Bale Construction category.
2005 member of the AIA Green Housing Practices Subcommittee

Revised May 14, 2012