Researcher for future buildings and cities

Surname: Tomholt
Name: Lara
Title: ir. MSc
Year of birth: 1989
Nationality: Dutch
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Architectenregister (NL): 1.141115.024


08|2016 - present
Doctor of Design (DDes)
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA.

02|2011 - 11|2014
Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Technology.
The Why Factory
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

09|2007 - 01|2011
Bachelor Architecture, Urbanism and Building Technology.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

09|2009 - 02|2010
Architecture minor: Erasmus exchange program.
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

09|2001 - 06|2007
Secondary education (A-levels). "Cum laude" graduate.
Etty Hillesum College & Molenplein, Den Helder, The Netherlands.


05|2018 - present
Research assistant
Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Cambridge, USA

05|2017 - present
Research intern, Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
From 07|2020: John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

08|2017 - 05|2019
Teaching fellow
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA.

01|2017 - 08|2018
Research assistant
ALivE group, Harvard GSD (in collaboration with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering), Cambridge, USA

09|2011 - 06|2016
Tutor for students of secondary education.

09|2012 - 03|2013
Architecture intern
Benthem Crouwel Architects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

04|2010 - 05|2016
Assistant teacher chemistry at secondary school exam training programs.
Stichting Studiebegeleiding Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands.

02|2009 - 07|2013
Tutor for students of secondary education.
Studentsplus, Delft, The Netherlands.


ResearchGate profile

L. Tomholt, O. Geletina, J. Alvarenga, A.V. Shneidman, J.C. Weaver, M.C. Fernandes, S.A. Mota, M. Bechthold, J. Aizenberg (2020) Tunable infrared transmission for energy-efficient pneumatic building façades. Energy and Buildings, 226, 110377. [Citations: 2]

L. Tomholt, L.J. Friesen, D. Berdichevsky, M.C. Fernandes, C. Pierre, R.J. Wood, J.C. Weaver (2020) The structural origins of brittle star arm kinematics: An integrated tomographic, additive manufacturing, and parametric modeling-based approach. Journal of Structural Biology, 211 (1), 107481. [Citations: 0]

S.C. Hofferberth, M.Y. Saeed, L. Tomholt, M.C. Fernandes, C.J. Payne, K. Price, G.R. Marx, J.J. Esch, D.W. Brown, J. Brown, P.E. Hammer, R.W. Bianco, J.C. Weaver, E.R. Edelman, P.J. del Nido. (2020) A geometrically adaptable heart valve replacement. Science Translational Medicine, 12, eaay4006. [Citations: 7]
Press release by Boston Children's Hospital

D. Baum, J.C. Weaver, I. Zlotnikov, D. Knötel, L. Tomholt, M.N. Dean. (2019) High-throughput segmentation of tiled biological structures using random-walk distance transforms. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59 (6), p.1700-1712. [Citations: 7]


Solar Decathlon Design Challenge
US Department of Energy
3rd place, Office Building division

Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) Image Contest
Tübingen, Germany.
1st place ("Best Image")

Battle of Concepts: Hoe zorgen we ervoor dat treinreizigers sneller in- en uitstappen?
Province Gelderland, The Netherlands.
6th place


05|2014 - 08|2014
International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) 2014: Urban by Nature (Benthem Crouwel stand)
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


09|2016 - 05|2018
Council for Student Sustainability Leaders
Harvard Office for Sustainability, Cambridge, MA, USA

The Green Program Hawai'i
University of Hawai'i, HI, USA


01|2016 - 04|2016
Course: Object oriented programming in Java 1 & 2
Open University, The Netherlands.

02|2011 - 06|2012
Course: English for academic purposes 4. 84 hours. Level: CEF-C1
Course: English for academic purposes 3. 84 hours. Level: CEF-B2
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

02|2012 - 06|2012
Course: Online digital portfolio. Web design with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

02|2010 - 06|2010
Course: Oral presentations.
Course: Teamwork.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

08|2009 - 12|2009
Course: Italian. 50 hours. Level: CEF-B2
Course: Italian. 40 hours. Level: CEF-A3
Politecnico di Milano, Milan & Como, Italy.


Dutch (mother tongue)
English (CEF-C1, TOEFL 113/120)
Italian (CEF-B2)
German (secondary school education)
French (secondary school education)


Adobe Creative Suits: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere Pro
2D and 3D modeling: Autocad, Rhinoceros and Grasshopper
Programming: Processing, Java, Python, Arduino
Web design: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
CT visualization and segmentation: VG Studio Max 3.0, Materialise Mimics, Amira


04|2020 - 05|2020
Face shield design and isolation hood prototype assembly assisting the MGB COVID-19 Faceshield and Isolation Hood working groups
Wyss Institute press release

09|2015 - 12|2015
Volunteer dog walker
Dierenbescherming, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

12|2014 - 06|2016
Volunteer at an animal shelter
Dierenasiel en pension 't Julialaantje, Rijswijk, The Netherlands.