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Todd Barnett, Architect

Todd Barnett, an award-winning architect with over thirty years of experience, has led new construction, addition and renovation projects for library, religious, educational, multifamily housing, health care and private home design work. Todd has taught architecture internationally, served on private and public boards and commissions and volunteered his services to a range of organizations.

Todd started three unique groups: The Architects’ Sketch Hour, a gathering of architects and allied professionals for plein-air sketching; The Sole Proprietor Architects’ Forum, a Madison collective of architects in private practice. The monthly meeting has been in existence for over fifteen years and provides opportunities to share in roundtable discussions, maintain continuing education and review unique issues, among other things; and The Coast-to-Coast Architects Salon, collective of architects in varied practices which gather remotely to discuss the many faces of architectural design.

Over the past twenty years, Todd has volunteered as a visiting studio critic at the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Judson University and the Boston Architectural College. Participation simultaneously gives back to the profession and helps keep our own ideas fresh and inspired.


Todd earned both his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his junior year in college, he attended the University of Illinois study abroad architecture program in Versailles, France.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Todd was a project architect for fifteen years at a design-focused architecture firm in Madison and a designer for a multidisciplinary museum planning, exhibit design and architecture firm in Boston. He has made Madison his home since 1990.

Sarah Canon, Project Designer

Sarah Canon, a talented designer with extensive experience as a practitioner and educator, is a key contributor, particularly during the design phases. Following her undergraduate studies at Yale University, Sarah received her Master in Architecture from the University of Minnesota where she served as a teaching assistant to Sarah Susanka from whom she learned and taught the philosophy of the "Not So Big House." Sarah has taught architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Architectural History at the University of Debrecen in Hungary and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany.

Sarah has served on a number of boards including the University Research Park Design Review Board of the University of Wisconsin and Friends of the Meeting House.

Sarah and Todd have worked together since 1995.


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