Lara Camilla Pinho
  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Lara Camilla Pinho is an award-winning teacher and architect focused on sustainability and social impact. Through teaching, research and practice, Lara seeks to tackle real-world problems and current global issues using sustainable solutions that focus on vernacular construction, local resources and a more-than-human lens.

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.

At UWA's School of Design, Lara is co-coordinator of the Social Impact Design focus area in the Master of Architecture program which focuses on design’s capacity for social change by offering a solid foundation in design that is socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.  Students are exposed to the complex and global nature of issues found equally in the realms of economic development, community improvement and disaster relief. Lara has established the unit ‘Empowering Communities through Design’ which seeks to establish a best practice framework for understanding the field and the worth of design that serves all species.

Lara’s research areas include the potential of design-research methods to add value to recycled plastics in collaboration with the University of Tasmania as well as investigating the potential of climate adaptive building materials.

Lara is also a co-founder and Principal Architect at blaanc borderless architecture and co-founded the non-profit humanitarian association Adobe for Women Association.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

University of Lisbon

External positions

Co-founder, Adobe for Women Association


Co-founder / Principal Architect, blaanc Borderless Architecture

2008 → …


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