Team

Lara Presber // Principal

Architect AAA, AIBC, MAA, OAA, AIA, RAIC, NCARB, CPHD, WELL AP™, Fitwel Ambassador

Has a penchant for dry humour, dry rosé, and most importantly drywall.

There’s not much in this world Lara loves more in her downtime than power tools and a personal home renovation project — because deep down she’s nothing if not a renaissance woman. Case in point, the alphabet after her name. All those letters mean different things but stand for one thing; she’s going to deliver. Anyone who’s been through the design and construction process knows that it takes a particular force of will to wrangle a project from its raw form into a finished space and she is uniquely possessed by that strength of being. She doesn’t leave the house without a measuring tape, dreams in plan and somehow can find a way to mollify even the unruliest of projects into submission. For proof, one can easily turn to her resume which, alongside international educations, impressive client list and vast professional accolades also includes a womenswear line. If you still aren’t satisfied, we submit to evidence her spectacular English gardens, which despite Calgary’s notoriously difficult climate, she somehow manages to coax to life each spring. A literal and figurative force of nature, Lara is a tremendous advocate for her clients. She’ll help articulate your vision and then move mountains or walls to bring it to life. Lara is passionate about the environment and holds certifications in Passive House, Fitwel and WELL AP.

Kyla Martin // Technical Lead

Architectural Technologist, AT, WELL AP™

Unicorns always, socializing sometimes.

Most of us barely glance at the world around us; Kyla has an unwavering gaze. From chipped teacups to the monophonic texture of a wheat field she is as likely to derive a revelation from the extraordinary as she is the mundane. She is inspired by everyday objects, turning them into extraordinary ideas, and she uses her knowledge of fashion, design, business, and building technologies to bring each to life; touching each project from start to finish to ensure continuity of ideas and execution. Drawing from those experiences, Kyla is deeply serious about her craft. An ardent lover of unicorns and pithy one-liners, hitting the outdoors with her dogs and rearranging her furniture for better Feng Shui.

Carrie Lipsett // Intern Interior Designer, AAA

BSc., BAID, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate

Will probably try to plan your next party

Interior design offers a world of creative possibilities. Carrie lives, breathes, and revels in this world. She finds new ways of doing old things and her approach is always bespoke. Her do-it-yourself attitude, along with a long list of exemplary credentials, only adds to her creative prowess. What makes Carrie truly special, is where she finds inspiration. She’s really into nature, well, selective parts, including her background and degree in biology and her mad skills in floral arranging. Any natural structure or pattern really that helps organize and provide function to her creative process, function that her clients can’t seem to get enough of. When Carrie isn’t crafting elegant interiors, she’s feeding her love of fashion, hitting the links, indulging in pop-culture trivia and escaping to far-off destinations. On the rare occasion, it can also mean kicking back and enjoying some reality TV — her guiltiest of pleasures. Please, no judgement.

Carla Pienaar // Interior Designer

B.Comm (Hons.), MID, WELL AP™, Fitwel Ambassador

Curiosity will be the death of her

A former professional vagabond and globetrotter, Carla is an explorer at heart and it translates into everything she does.  As a designer, her goal is never be known for a distinct aesthetic, but rather to deliver spaces that are intentional, strategic, and uniquely suited to the project itself.  She has taken the long and winding road into interiors and filters the approach through her diverse range of experience.  From early days in marketing & branding, world class hospitality service (both on stationary and aboard the train) to product & service design, Carla’s passion and M.O. is to generate vibes and curate the feels, making her what we call a strategic experience designer.  Don’t be surprised if she convinces you to change your logo or the way you deliver your burger to the table in the process, ensuring that your business is expressing its vision through and through. Our resident extrovert, Carla is a social butterfly. Spot her out and about taking in the culinary/cocktail scene, hitting it out on the Haultain tennis courts, or cruising the mountains on her snowboard when Ullr has been good to us. Currently Carla is taking on golf, the unsaid requirement of this studio team, anyone up for a round?