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Lara was a student of film theory and media at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, as well as in Paris at the Center for Film and Critical Studies at the Sorbonne, and holds a degree in French Literature as well.

Lara lived in Paris and worked as a studio assistant at ELLE before becoming interested in architecture in post-reunification Berlin. Since returning to the Pacific Northwest, she has spent much time photographing numerous civic building projects as site documentarist, from Seattle’s Paramount Theater, Union Station and Key Arena renovations, to the Seattle Symphony, Experience Music Project, Tacoma and Bellevue Art Museums, the Seattle Central Library, Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Disney Concert Hall in LA and currently the Urban Outfitters campus at the historic Philadelphia Naval Shipyards.

Lara shoots on assignment around the country, and has been published in Metropolis, Architect, Architectural Record, Wallpaper*, the New York Times, Residential Architect, Seattle Magazine and Northwest Home. Her images have been included in books and exhibits nationally and internationally. and collaborates often with Documentary Media, most recently on INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle. Lara was made an Honorary member of the AIA Seattle in 2005.

Lara’s personal work focuses on the place where the built environment and land meet; whereby she concentrates on how different landscapes have been cultivated to accommodate and sustain the human need.

CLIENTS

Architect/Design

atelierjones
Graham Baba Architects
Heliotrope Architects
Hornall Anderson Design
HOK
Integrus Architects
Lake | Flato
LMN Architects
Miller Hull Partnership
MSR Design
NBBJ
Olson Kundig Architects
SkB Architects
SRG Partnership
Suyama Peterson Deguchi
THA Architecture
Weinstein A|U
zimmerraystudios

Arts

4 Culture
Documentary Media
EMP
MOHAI
SAM
Seattle Opera
Seattle Symphony

Develop/Build

Dovetail
Krekow Jennings
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Magnussen Klemencic
Point 32
Schultz Miller
Skanska
Vulcan

 

EXHIBITIONS

ALL EXHIBITIONS

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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