Lara has extensive experience in preservation, adaptive use and new construction for educational, institutional and private development projects. She serves as FA’s Sustainability Strategist, bringing a passion for sustainability and expertise in environmentally-conscious solutions to all of the firm’s projects. Lara is especially skilled in managing systems integration as they relate to sustainable practices and the role they play in preserving and reusing existing buildings.
When she’s not managing complicated projects—or leading the office sustainability effort—Lara is either rock climbing, playing with her two dogs Norman and Darby or tearing apart portions of her house – much to her husband’s annoyance. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and is an active member of multiple professional groups including the Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter (APTNE).
Boston Society of Architects, Historical Resources Committee
American Institute of Architects
Boston Preservation Alliance
Wellesley Town Planning Board
U.S. Green Building Council
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter (APTNE)
Amherst College, Guest Lecturer in Global Sustainability Class (Spring 2012, 2014, 2015)
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Guest Review Panel (Spring 2008)
Architectural Record Webinars, 2019: "The Lucas - Multi-Family Residential Paired with a Historic Building Reclaims a Neighborhood"
Favorite mode of transportation? Kayak, not the most useful for commuting but usually means something fun is happening.
Favorite author? Dickens, the characters are amazing. I tend to name things after them - we called our last house Pumblechook.
Any hobbies? Restoring a 1947 Dodge Pickup