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.