Sarah Zales

AIA | Principal

Sarah brings extensive project management, architecture, design and building code expertise to her role at Elsy Studios. As principal, Sarah has helped to define the highly tailored, people-focused design approach for which Elsy Studios has become known in the region.

In addition to her firmwide leadership, Sarah oversees the design on projects in industries ranging from technology to oil and gas and professional services. Since joining Elsy, Sarah has been instrumental in building lasting relationships with clients such as CH2Mhill (now Jacobs). Her work has been featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, Colorado Real Estate Journal, and the Denver Business Journal.

A strategic problem-solver, Sarah is known for creatively addressing client challenges and reconciling aesthetic design with complex building code criteria – skills she honed through her experience as a plans examiner with Colorado Code Consulting and the City of Greenwood Village. Prior to joining Elsy, Sarah also served as a project manager for Denver-based Box Studios where she worked with a diverse client base to deliver both large corporations and smaller specialty projects. 

Within the industry, Sarah has done service work for Boys and Girls Club, We Care, and Warm a Heart.

Education, Awards & Accreditation

  • Colorado Licensed Architect
  • AIA Member
  • NCARB Certified Architect
  • Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver
  • ICC Plans Examiner
  • ICC Commercial Building Inspector