Lara Leskaj

LEED AP
Associate Principal, Chicago

Growing up in Cincinnati, Lara’s neighbor was an interior designer.  As a creative kid with strong math skills, she always felt drawn to this career: it felt like a good fit. Lara stuck with her passion and studied interior design, eventually earning her masters degree in architecture. Today, she uses these two areas of expertise to take a holistic approach to her work.

Lara calls herself an “accidental designer”. She has always gravitated towards design, and this has paved the way for her career today. She pulls from travel experience and project work across many practice areas, finding immense satisfaction helping her clients achieve unique, customized spaces.

"I love tactile design, especially palette and color development. This helps me look at my projects holistically, moving seamlessly across practice areas."
Fun Fact

Lara is a dedicated hockey mom.  Shuttling her kids to practice five days a week, traveling for tournaments and volunteering for the club is how she spends her free time.

Beacon Tavern
Lara's design sensibility can be seen at Chicago's Beacon Tavern.
Beacon Tavern
Sconces, tile, a gas fireplace, antique mirrors, and wood accents give this American tavern a vintage twist.
For Lara, design is about listening to her clients and allowing their views and comments to impact the project. She understands the importance of how environments positively impact business success.
Confidential Client
Celebrating local flora, this confidential project connects brand expression to regional geography.
University of South Carolina; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Columbia SC
University of South Carolina, Center for Health and Well-being, Columbia, South Carolina
This LEED Gold project received a 2018 AIA Columbia South Carolina Divine Detail award.
University of South Carolina; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Columbia SC
University of South Carolina, Center for Health and Well-being, Columbia, South Carolina
This innovative hub for health and wellness includes clinics for general medicine, women’s care, sports medicine/orthopedics, and allergy, immunization and travel, along with consulting offices for nutrition, counseling, wellness and psychiatric services.

Lara's Featured Work

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Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal
Ottawa, Ontario
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Confidential Client
Chicago, Illinois
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Water Street Healthcare Partners
Chicago, Illinois