Lara McKendrick, Partner
B Arch, OAA, MRAIC
Born in Toronto and raised where the Niagara Escarpment meets the shores of Georgian Bay, Lara came to Ottawa to study architecture at Carleton University graduating in 1996.
In 1999 after 3 years at the firm of Lesley Watson (now Watson MacEwan Teramura) Lara made a key decision to gain employment at Otto & Erskine (now Erskine Dredge &
Associates) a firm well respected for its technically strong practice. Also in 1999, Otto & Erskine merged with Peter Williams Architect (and Henry Lowry Architect) to form Lowry Otto Erskine Williams Architects Inc. (LOEW.) During the 7 years Lara spent at LOEW she had the opportunity to work primarily under the mentorship of senior partner Peter Williams. Peter gave her the opportunity to be design lead and project architect on complex projects from initial functional programming through to construction close out. These included outpatient clinics at the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital, The Credit Union headquarters at 14 Chamberlain Ave., and the renovation of 359 Kent Street, Ottawa.
In 2007 Lara moved to Lalande Doyle Architects (L+D). As the senior architect on staff she was the lead design and project architect on various civic projects including the $9M expansion of the Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orleans, the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre (LEED Silver) and the SW Transitway Extension Longfields Station. One of Lara’s more prestigious projects while at L+D was the Museum of Civilization’s special exhibits gallery ‘C’ renovation and boutique expansion. In this project the new boutique expansion melds seamlessly into the existing landmark building giving the appearance of having always been present.
Since 2011 she has been a founding partner of Lara McKendrick Architecture Inc. Lara’s expertise lies in giving form to clients’ dreams and leading consultants in developing feasible design solutions. With a keen interest in environmentally responsible design Lara is currently in process to be a certified Passive House designer.
In addition to her regular practice, Lara is called upon as a guest critic for Carleton University’s School of Architecture and does pro bono work in the field of dementia care design. She served 10 years as a volunteer ski patrol and currently divides her time between Ottawa Ontario and Canmore Alberta.
Nathalie Demers, Partner
Dipl. Arch Tech
Known as a skilled project coordinator with over 20 years experience in contract
documentation execution, technical specifications, and contract administration Nathalie has a solid reputation as a thorough and experienced technician and project manager.
Nathalie studied Architectural Technology at Algonquin College graduating in 1991. After graduation, she worked as a facility project officer for the Canada Communication Group at the National Printing Bureau (NPB). While at NPB Nathalie was responsible for analyzing existing operations and the implementation of efficiencies at the Quebec City and Montreal printing plants.
In 1992 Nathalie partnered with Peter Williams Architect where she worked in various scale hospital renovations at CHEO, the Ottawa Hospital, Hawksbury District Hospital and as well on the Mothercraft Daycare in Westboro. In 1999 Peter Williams and Nathalie merged their partnership with Otto & Erskine and Henry Lowry Architect to become Lowry Otto Erskine Williams Architects (LOEW).
LOEW were the principal architects for the Ottawa Hospital from 1999 to 2007. As the lead architectural technologist on large-scale hospital renovations she gained considerable experience in coordination of all engineering and architectural components.
In 2007 Nathalie took the position of Head of Architectural Technology at The Museum of Civilization Corporation. During her tenure at the museum she was responsible for the entire project process from the selection of consultants via RFP to the coordination of user group occupancy. Her projects included the renovation of the special exhibits galleries, the boutique expansion, parking garage ramp retrofit and the exterior plaza retrofit.
From 2010 to 2011 Nathalie worked as the Senior Technologist at Lalande Doyle Architects where she led technical teams on various civic and commercial projects including the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre and the $292.5M Place Victoria at 30 rue Victoria, Gatineau at LEED Gold certified office tower for PWGSC.
Since 2011 she has been a founding partner of Lara McKendrick Architecture Inc. and is the technical and contract administration lead.