Keynote : "Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory"

Thursday 31 August 2017

Lola Sheppard

Lola SHEPPARD is a Registered Architect and founding Partner at Lateral Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Officer of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she also serves as Undergraduate Officer. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Ohio State University, and California College of the Arts. SHEPPARD previously worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel (Paris), Peter Rose (Cambridge), and Allies and Morrison (London) before forming LATERAL OFFICE. She is committed to architecture's new relationship to social and ecological possibilities - not just solutions. SHEPPARD is the recipient of the 2012 RAIC Young Architect Award. Lola Sheppard's research exists at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. It privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its history and environment.  The work posits that the role of the architect is not simply problem solver or designer, but cultural, environmental and spatial detective, bringing to light the forces at work within a site-specific climate and geography, and able to look for synergies between issues and opportunities.  Much of her recent work and teaching has focused on the role of architecture, infrastructure and the public realm in the unique and challenging context of Arctic Canada.”

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