Lara LaFontain, AIA


Lara is a licensed architect with five years of experience in senior living, multifamily housing, commercial, and healthcare projects throughout the western United States. During her study of architecture in Tucson at The University of Arizona, she developed her skills in sustainable design with a holistic approach that celebrates craftsmanship and natural materials. She has recently had an opportunity to put this into practice through her work on a project pursuing Living Building Challenge Petal Certification. 

Lara's design approach draws from influences across various scales, while remaining sensitive to environmental and cultural context. She is inspired by early experiences as a neuroscience researcher and an exhibit designer to bring new ideas into the mix and communicate them in a compelling way. Her ability to solve design challenges by seeing big picture connections has proven to be an asset in her work.

She is a 2017 recipient of the Chris White Scholarship for Emerging Professionals, a board member of AIA Portland, and the founder of Bold Type Talks, a quarterly event series for women in architecture and design. Lara stays busy outside of architecture through exploring the outdoors, painting, and playing with her adorable dog, Tycho.