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Article and photo courtesy Harrington College of Design Alumni Newsletter, Winter 2010 Issue

Sara Sacra (AST ID1987), a Harrington College of Design Interior Design program alumna, is a talented interior design leader with over 20 years experience. Having worked for both architecture and interior design firms, Sara has built an extensive portfolio featuring a wide range of project types. As a young designer, her early positions with prominent firms like ISD were demanding and competitive workplaces where she received great exposure working alongside talented, creative and technical professionals like Gary Lee. Sara credits her Harrington instructor, Barbara Marks for demanding excellence by providing tough lessons that prepared her for the real world of presenting design to clients and thinking on her feet.

After 16 years in corporate/commercial design, Sara fell into the practice area of healthcare upon assignment of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Sara’s project research began by studying “evidence based design” which was proving that the environment where healthcare is given can profoundly affect the care giver, the patient family, and of course the patient’s outcome. Sara embraced the opportunity to employ these new design concepts into the cancer center project.

“Because of a variety of code restrictions and other health related requirements, innovation can be very challenging for the designer, who is sometimes exposed to very sobering realities that he/she might not otherwise face,” Sara shared. On the cancer center project, Sara worked with a focus group of patients who offered a solid understanding of their experiences with cancer treatment. This enabled the design team to make more informed decisions, which were essential in making the project personal and successful.

“Healthcare Design has changed dramatically in the past decade. Today healthcare is a competitive business and hospitals are vying for patients/customers. People are more selective today regarding where they want to deliver a baby, receive diagnostic tests, or undergo outpatient procedures. As more hospitals renovate or replace aging structures with new state of the art facilities, the healthcare design industry grows. Healthcare design combines all types of disciplines including food service, retail stores, public spaces, administrative offices and board rooms, as well as patient rooms, and requires designers who have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience,” Sara said.

Currently, Sara Sacra (AST ID 1987) is a Partner with Auer Design Associates, designing for commercial, corporate, healthcare, senior living and residential markets.

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The Barbara Marks Memorial Scholarship is in Memory of Harrington College of Design’s Distinguished Faculty Member Barbara Marks.

Ms. Marks was one of the preeminent color experts in the country and a successful interior designer before she joined the faculty of Harrington College of Design.  As an instructor at Harrington, Barbara’s specialty was color studies and materials and sources and she left a legacy to generations of graduates who view her instruction in color as the foundation of their education in interior design.  Upon her retirement from the classroom, Barbara developed and managed the Atelier at Harrington as well as the student and faculty galleries. 

Donations to the Barbara Marks Memorial Scholarship are now being gratefully accepted. To donate, you can send a check payable to “Career Education Scholarship Fund” with “The Barbara Marks memorial Scholarship Fund-Harrington College of Design”   on the memo line of the check. 

Your donation will go directly to a scholarship opportunity for a worthy student at the  Harrington College of Design.

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A long time Interior Designer and Educator, Barbara Harriet Marks had a great skill at creating dynamic spaces with her use of color, and was still taking clients well into her 80’s. Born and raised in Vermont, Barbara Marks came to Chicago in the 1940s, where she received a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Chicago. Then from 1972 to 2004, Mrs. Marks worked here at the Harrington College of Design where she created several core class curricula on color, sources and materials. Within a few years of Mrs. Marks’ retirement, Harrington honored her by dedicating the Barbara Marks Student Gallery. Barbara Marks also worked as the proprietor of Let There Be Linen, a popular bed linen shop in Chicago. After a two year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Mrs. Marks passed away in her home on December 26, 2009.

We remember Barbara Marks not only for her impressive contribution to interior design but also as a dynamic instructor and mentor, who taught with passion and demanded only the best from her students.
A memorial will be held at the Harrington College of Design:
Remembering Barbara: Memorial for Barbara Marks
January 22, 5-6:60 at Harrington College of Design
200 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60606
Room 106
In lieu of flowers the family is establishing a Barbara Marks Scholarship and would like all remembrances/donations to go to: Harrington College of Design, The Barbara Marks Scholarship
If you are interested in donating, please make all checks payable to “CESF” or the “Career Education Scholarship Fund” for the Barbara Marks Memorial Scholarship
You can read more about Mrs. Marks from a Chicago Tribune article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-obit-marks-06-jan06,0,4014875.story


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