About: Lara Serbin

Lara Serbin is the founder of Serbin Studio. She has had continuous involvement in the design and construction industry since 1995, and worked in all phases of project management, programming, design, and construction administration. Lara has particular interest in conceptual design with respect to cost efficiency and energy conservation.


Articles by Lara Serbin:

Sustainable Architecture in Valencia

16 Aug 2013 in Architectural Planning&Architecture&Blog&Commercial Architecture

Buckeye, Arizona is a fast growing Town located about 45 minutes west of down town Phoenix.  Serbin Studio’s is minutes away from historic Buckeye so we spend a lot of time in Buckeye.  One of Buckeye’s long standing traditions is funerals.  Buckeye is a tight knit community where people recall going to kindergarten with their accountant or meeting their Continue Reading

Historic Preservation: Luhrs Tower

08 Aug 2013 in Architectural Planning&Architecture&Blog&Commercial Architecture&Interiors&Planning

Here at Serbin Studio we like historic architecture. I was in downtown Phoenix a couple weeks ago and went inside the historic Luhrs Tower.  Just for fun.   It was the art-deco elevator door detail, the ornately painted ceiling beams and round button chandelier that enticed me to climb up the tight stair case that was behind the elevators. The finishes were consistent Continue Reading

LACMA: James Turrell

24 Jul 2013 in Architecture&Blog

The trip to Los Angeles was mostly to see the Retrospective show on James Turrell at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.   I was attracted to the show mainly to experience the hype in Light, Action, The alternate realities of James Turrell by Wil. S. Hylton in the June 16, 2013 New York Times Continue Reading

LACMA: Black Flower Power

13 Jul 2013 in Architecture&Blog

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see James Turrell a retrospective.  Turrell is really wonderful but I will save that for another post.  What blew my mind was the fantastic architectural models done by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.   He seems like such an approachable architect, so down to earth.  I guess that Continue Reading

Red Zone

28 Jun 2013 in Blog

The sun was directly overhead as Lily and I stood outside the box office at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals football club.  The perfectly round opening in the glass window was shooting chilled air and we wanted to jump through the hole to escape the heat.  Off season the round metal covered stadium Continue Reading


25 Jun 2013 in Blog

The layout of your office is like organizing your cd’s.  If you don’t keep them in a case they will be scratched and eventually useless.  Same goes for employees not perform their jobs when their work space is not in order. Before you begin an office redesign, think about the types of tasks employees perform in Continue Reading

Taliesin West Visit

14 Jun 2013 in Blog

To Taliesin West for a 9am tour is where I was headed today, and my daughters actually enjoyed themselves.  Lily wished she lived there which impressed me.  When I asked her why she said she liked the secret tight feeling hallways and small funny shaped doorways.  The entry ways captivated me most.  I found all my favorite Continue Reading

Black Box Entertainment

06 Jun 2013 in Blog

  Theatres are fun to design.  The stage builds confidence.   Stage size or location doesn’t matter, there is a built up excitement about rising higher than the crowd.  Once the crowd is quiet and all the eyes are on the performer, there is a switch from reality to fantasy.  I recently attended a recital for my ballet dancing daughters.  The experience of being Continue Reading

Planning for the AVTT

29 May 2013 in Blog

I sit as Design Chair on the Buckeye Main Street Coalition in Buckeye, Arizona.  Our group is made up of local business leaders in the Buckeye community. Our focus is revitalization of historic downtown Buckeye. When I say revitalization I mean projects like designing Wayfinding Signage, paving a park with bricks and adding benches or Continue Reading

Phoenix Center for the Arts Interior

Phoenix Center for the Arts: Benesh and Stout Interview

01 May 2013 in Blog

My initial interaction with the City of Phoenix Center for the Arts project was in 2004 at the initial pre-proposal when the late Patty Tax, a City of Phoenix contracts administrator, was explaining the project and she emphasized that this was a very special project. Photo credits, Christiaan Blok Photographer South Entry Facade The final Continue Reading