Hickok Cole Creative is a branding and marketing studio. We operate as part of Hickok Cole, a multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm. Our team thrives on opportunities to create brand strategies, identities, graphics and environments to elevate and differentiate the experience of architecture. A great brand story can be a signal of a position in the marketplace, a reflection of an elevated tenant or resident impression and a road-map for future marketing to achieve and sustain desired rents. Just as the perfect amenities can reflect how one aspires to work, the right story can also make or break a lease. Everyone deserves a place they can be proud to be a part of, from owners to brokers, to on-site property teams to tenants, residents and visitors. So let’s get Creative.

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Sarah Barr

Associate Principal / Creative Director
BA Studio Art
University of Mary Washington

Sarah joined Hickok Cole in 2004, and has 20 years of experience in design leadership and creative strategies for print, digital media and environmental graphics. She has won numerous industry awards and has spoken to regional and national audiences about brand value and strategy. Prior to launching Hickok Cole Creative in 2013, Sarah collaborated with the marketing and professional staff to launch several award-winning, successful campaigns.

An artist at heart, Sarah received her BA with Honors in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington. Prior to joining Hickok Cole Architects, she was a design consultant with Beveridge Seay, Inc., where projects included work for ExxonMobil Corporation and US Airways.

Working closely with commercial and residential developers, owners and brokers, notable comprehensive branding programs include: The Hepburn, Silverline Center, 999 E Street, and LCOR’s newest luxury Crystal City apartments, Altaire. Sarah is a member of CREW DC and recently served as a judge for the 2018 NAHB Pillars of Industry Awards.


Jamie Mitchell

Associate / Art Director
BFA Communication Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jamie has worked for boutique design studios for the past 25 years executing branding, editorial and communication work for corporate, association and nonprofit clients. His work has been described as intentional, considered and thoughtful. A manager of people and process, previous positions include Asst. Creative Director at Bussolati Associates and Production Manager at Hasten Design Studio.

Jamie earned his BFA at VCU with a degree in Communication Arts. He also attended the Yale School of Management Executive Training, AIGA Business Perspectives for Creative Leader Program. Mr. Mitchell is a member of the DC Chapter of AIGA.

Current and recent projects include The Hepburn; NOVEL South Capitol; and LCOR’s Altaire Apartments. He also recently stewarded Hickok Cole’s rebranding effort in conjunction with Hickok Cole marketing and corporate leadership.

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Rebecca Kelly

Art Director
BS Graphic Design Communications
Philadelphia University

Over the past 15 years, Ms. Kelly has gained a broad range of design experience. After graduating with honors from Philadelphia University with a degree in Graphic Design Communications, her career began and later took off at Michael Graves Design Group. While there, Ms. Kelly helped to rebrand and repackage the Michael Graves Design brand at Target stores nation-wide. In addition to branding and packaging, she also worked with the architects to create comprehensive wayfinding and environmental graphics packages for clients both locally and internationally. She then went on to make large contributions to Gallagher & Associates award-winning exhibit design.

Current and recent projects include Snell Properties’ repositioning of Dominion Arms and Shirlington House Apartments; exhibit graphics for the David Gilkey Memorial Wall at NPR Headquarters and the Kreeger Museum’s ReVision exhibit; and environmental branding for several projects including Kingston, Altaire, NCQA, American Gas Association, Peace Corps and National Association of Broadcasters.

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Ava Busler

Graphic Designer
BA Psychology
Lewis & Clark College

Ms. Busler comes from a social psychology background, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Busler gravitated toward the visual arts after graduation, pursuing graphic design classes at the Pacific Northwest College of Art while simultaneously tackling marketing projects for a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Ms. Busler’s education in psychology and experience in real estate contributes a valuable perspective to many projects.

Thoughtful, collaborative and technically-skilled, Ms. Busler has taken projects from concept to completion with Hickok Cole, designing for a variety of mediums. Her bread and butter are digital design assets and engagement packages.

Current and recent projects include complete branding packages for Incanto Apartments at The Wharf, Kingston at McLean Crossing, Novel South Capitol, Solstice, The Banks Apartments, and the The Crossvines, MCRA’s multifaceted projects in Poolesville, Maryland.