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A Los Angeles native who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Lara was a student of film theory and media at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School in Philadelphia, as well as at the Sorbonne's Center for Film and Critical Studies in Paris, and holds degrees in Media Studies and French Literature.

Lara shoots on assignment for architecture and design firms around the country, and has been published in Architect, Architectural Record, Gray, LUXE, Metropolis, Minnesota Architect, the New York Times, Northwest Home, Residential Architect, Seattle Magazine, Texas Architect and Wallpaper*. Her images have been included in books and exhibits nationally and internationally. She has contributed to and authored over 5 books with publisher Documentary Media, most notably, PROCESS: Seattle Central LibraryINSPIRED: Churches of Seattle, and in the works, New and Reimagined Libraries of The American South and West. Lara was invited by NGO Meridian International Center to participate in an architecture delegation to the UAE November of 2019, sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE in the US. 

Architizer named Lara one of the prestigious 12 top Women in Architecture Photography internationally in 2018. She was made an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2005. 

SELECTED CLIENTS

Architecture / Design

atelierjones
Graham Baba Architects
Heliotrope Architects
Hacker                            Holst                                Hybrid
Integrus
Lake | Flato
LMN Architects
Miller Hull Partnership Mithun
MSR Design
NBBJ
OKA
SKL Architects                    
Weinstein A|U
zimmerraystudios

Arts

4 Culture
Documentary Books
MoPOP
MOHAI
Seattle Art Museum           San Francisco MoMA
Seattle Opera
Seattle Symphony

Build

Dovetail
Krekow Jennings
Lease Crutcher Lewis
MKA
Schultz Miller                  Sellen
YS Built
Vulcan

 

EXHIBITIONS

ALL EXHIBITIONS

UNION STABLES DOCUMENTATION

2015 - present - Permanant Installation at the historic Union Stables building

BEYOND THE ASSIGNMENT

2013 – at Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery & Julius Shulman Institute

CARTASONONIC

2012 – Jack Straw Productions,
Seattle

LA VILLE FERTILE

2011 – Cite d’Architecture et Patrimoine, Paris

SPIRIT OF FLIGHT

2009 – Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport & Museum of Flight, Seattle

PALOUSE PROJECT

2008 – Suyama 3x10 Showroom, Seattle

TOPOGRAPHIES IN BUILT + NATURAL LANDSCAPES

2008 – University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow

URBAN

2007 – The Alexis Hotel, Seattle

THE METROPOLIS VIEW: 25 Years Through the Lens

2006 – Art Director’s Club Chelsea, New York

INNOVATIONS & RENEWAL: SEATTLE & BERLIN

2001 – ATL Phillips Campus Bothell, Solo Exhibition

THE GEHRY EXPERIENCE

2000 – Experience Music Project, Seattle

HENRY BASH, juried art invitational

1998 – Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (Through 2007)

THE MAKING OF BENAROYA HALL

1998 – Benaroya Hall Information Center, Seattle

KEY ARENA

1997 – AIA Seattle, Solo Exhibition

COCA ANNUAL

1996 – Center On Contemporary Art, Seattle

WORKS IN METAL

1996 – AIA, Seattle

JOURNEYS TO THE EAST

1994 – Lead Gallery, Seattle, Solo Exhibition

CONSTRUCTIONS AND DECONSTRUCTIONS IN THE EAST

1994 – Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, Solo Exhibition

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