Design Forward LLC is proud to have served the Southern California
area designing straw bale homes for over 15 years. However, we have
moved on to other business ventures and have closed the business as
of January 2017. We will not taking any new projects or responding
to phone and email requests. This website will be left up as an archive
of data for straw bale and design. You may find that some of the links
are broken or out of date, but we will not be updating this site any
longer. Thank you!
and founder of Design Forward LLC, Lisa A. Swan is the lead
designer on all of the company's projects. She is an honors
graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a
Bachelor of Architecture and received a MBA from Norwich
University. Concentrating on residential design for the
last 11 years, she has over 15 years of design and drafting
experience. She established Design Forward in March of 2002
to more specifically concentrate on sustainable design.
Professional memberships include Associate AIA - American
Institute of Architects, CASBA - California Straw Building
Association, The Alliance for Sustainability, Green America
Business Network, and Environment California.