Lara Lesmes is an architectural designer and educator based in London. Together with Fredrik Hellberg she directs the research and design practice Space Popular and the research MArch unit The Civic Program at the Architectural Association in London. Since 2020 she has also taught a research studio at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the Architectural Association in 2011, after which she joined the international architecture program INDA at Chulalongkorn University as second-year coordinator between 2011 and 2016. At INDA she also founded the academic research unit Tools for Architecture together with Fredrik Hellberg.
In 2013, Lara and Fredrik started the multidisciplinary design and research practice Space Popular. The practice creates spaces, objects, and events in both physical and virtual space, concentrating on how the two realms will blend together in the near future. They have completed buildings, exhibitions, public artworks, furniture collections, and interiors across Asia and Europe, as well as virtual architecture in the Immersive Internet.