Sarah Lewis

Associate/Urban Design Studio Director, Fuss & O’Neill Inc.

Sarah A. Lewis


Sarah Lewis was born in Great Britain and moved to the U.S. during high school. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, moved to Washington DC in 1988 to practice architecture, and then realized her true passion was urban design. She was President of the Washington DC Chapter of the CNU since its inception in 2002 through 2012 and is also a National Board Member.

She has taught architectural design studios at the University of Maryland and frequently teaches Management and Facilitation for the National Charrette Institute. Sarah joined Fuss & O’Neill from her own firm, Ferrell Madden Lewis, in January 2012. Her expertise includes the design of projects with open public involvement, design guidelines and form-based coding, and facilitation of the physical implementation of those projects. She has worked with jurisdictions across the country developing urban design master plans for mixed-use developments. These new developments, plus infill and redevelopment plans for existing communities, have ranged in scale from walkable historic neighborhoods to entire downtown areas encompassing hundreds of acres. Three notable projects under her design and management guidance have won Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards: the College Town Study for Lexington Kentucky (2006), the infill/redevelopment plan with architectural and urban design guidelines for the historic Beall’s Hill neighborhood in Macon Georgia (2005), and the Concept Plan for Rebuilding Long Beach Mississippi (2007).