Lara studied for a bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Jordan, Jordan (2006 to 2011). She then worked in various roles including architectural practice, two NGO’s and in a university as a teacher assistant. As a result of this work her focus has moved towards humanitarian issues within the built environment including schools and residential sectors. She then was awarded a Jordanian scholarship to study MSc in Architectural Technology and Building Performance at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK. She graduated in 2015 with Distinction and has since been awarded again a Jordanian PhD scholarship to study at Edinburgh Napier University.
The focus of her research relates to Architecture for Emergencies in the Middle East. The primary investigation include the development of new ‘transitional’ construction systems that will help fulfil the societal, cultural and building technology needs of refugees and displaced populations. This work will provide the keystone towards innovative designs and construction technologies to support the rehabilitation process for such scenarios.