Award-winning teacher and architect focused on sustainability and social impact
Architects have the ability to assist communities that would most benefit from our knowledge.Lara Pinho
Lara Pinho is an architect who seeks to respond to global humanitarian issues using sustainable solutions, traditional construction and local materials through teaching, research and practice.
She studied at the Faculdade de Arquitectura - Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal) and École Nationale Superieure d’Architecture Paris-Belleville (Paris, France) and has lived in South Africa, Portugal, France and the Netherlands.
Lara began to focus on social impact design after winning the international Open Source House Competition with the project, Emerging Ghana, an eco-affordable housing design for the emerging middle class of Ghana.
Her work is focused on the area of sustainable and humanitarian architecture linked to the use of each location’s local materials and vernacular construction techniques, using them as a means to teach communities new, sustainable building skills.
Lara is currently working on the potential of design-research methods to add value to recycled plastics. She is using recycled synthetic plastics in the design and development of architectural products and investigating how these products can positively impact underserved communities that are directly affected by global plastic waste.
Lara is also the co-founder and Principal Architect at blaanc borderless architecture and co-founded the non-profit Adobe for Women Association.
Grad.Dip.Arch. University of Lisbon
Reg. Arch. n. 16177 Ordem dos Arquitectos (OA)
2012 Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative
Nominated for the 2012 Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative
2013 Global Public Interest Design 100
Listed in the 2013 Global Public Interest Design 100
2016 Sustainable Architects of the Year
Named in the 2016 Sustainable Architects of the Year - Portugal BUILD Architecture Awards
UWA School of Design
International and Engagement Funding
Fundación Sertull, Fundación Alfredo Harpo Helú, Banamex and other Mexican foundations and industries