Sarah Peil Winstead, AIA is an accomplished architect with a passion for human-centric design and a unique blend of skills that make her an asset to the HPZS team. With five years of professional experience under her belt, Sarah is currently leading the Evanston Ecology Center renovation where she is applying her expertise in biophilic design to modernize a functional space for the community.

In addition to her work on the Ecology Center, Sarah is the Materials Specialist for the Yannell Conservation Habitat project: a first-of-its kind project on the shores of Lake Michigan that aims to be the first single family residence in the Midwest to achieve full Living Building Challenge and PHIUS certification. Beyond her professional experience, Sarah brings a background in fine arts and literature to her work as an architect. Her thesis exploring the intersection between spatial design and empathy theory in psychology showcases her enthusiasm for creating spaces that evoke emotional responses and foster connection between people. Recognized for her dedication to the industry, Sarah was named a 2018 Design Futures Council Scholar and is an active member of Chicago Women in Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.