Sarah Cawrse


RiNo Art District, BID/GID

1320 27th St. Ste G

Denver, CO 80205

Phone (970) 297-8843



Sarah is a planner, urban designer, and landscape architect in Denver, Colorado. As the Director of Urban Strategy & Design, she manages the infrastructure, sustainability, public realm, and urban planning priorities and projects of the RiNo Art District, which encompasses a family of organizations that support the local community: a Business Improvement District (BID); a General Improvement Distric (GID); and 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. With almost a $5 million-dollar budget, her role is to invest in the RiNo community and its stakeholders on project delivery, advocacy, and policy efforts as they relate to enhancing economic development, improving the public realm, and growing the community's culture. Sarah is also a member of Denver's Planning Board, which advises the mayor and Denver City Council on land use matters.


Before coming to RiNo, Sarah Cawrse was a Principal City Planner and Urban Designer for the City of Boulder and previously was a Senior City Planner and Urban Designer at the City and County of Denver for over five years. Her planning work includes innovative public outreach efforts and extensive coordination to generate consensus and create forward thinking and implementable recommendations and strategies. She has managed complex regulatory projects, such as the development next to the Denver Broncos Football Stadium, that involved collaboration with developers, property owners, and city staff to ensure new rules and regulations achieve plan policies and community benefits. Before transitioning to the public sector, Sarah worked at Design Workshop - a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm - and was involved in a variety of projects ranging from planning to site design with a focus on master plans for mixed-use development, parks, and open space. At Design Workshop, she was able to develop her landscape architecture and urban design skillset ranging from design thinking to technological skills. This experience allowed her to become a licensed landscape architect and receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and the Construction Documents Technology certification and the Construction Documents Technology certification. Sarah received her landscape architecture degree from Cal Poly in 2012, and a master’s degree in Urban Design from Newcastle University in England.


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