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Baumer Lecture, Spring 2020, Lola Sheppard

Lola Sheppard / Lateral Office

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 5, 2020 - 5:30pm

Lola Sheppard will deliver the February 5 Baumer Lecture in the Gui Auditorium in Knowlton Hall at 5:30 p.m. Sheppard is a registered architect and founding partner at Lateral Office. She received her BS in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is professor at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo where she also serves as the Undergraduate Officer. She has taught at the University of Toronto, The Ohio State University, and California College of the Arts. Before forming Lateral Office, Sheppard worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel (Paris), Peter Rose (Cambridge), and Allies and Morrison (London).

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.

Sheppard is Director of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective, founded in 2008, which probes the spatial by-products of contemporary resource logistics, and is co-editor of the journal Bracket: Architecture, Environment, Digital Culture.

Sheppard was awarded the RAIC Young Architects Award in 2012, and Lateral Office was awarded the Emerging Voices from the Architecture League of New York in 2011 and the 2010 Professional Prix de Rome from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has held grants from the Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Sheppard is co-author of Pamphlet Architecture #30 titled COUPLING: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2011) co-editor of the second issue of Bracket titled [Goes Soft], published by Actar (2012) and Bracket [at Extremes] to be published by Actar in 2013. Lateral’s work has been published in Praxis, GAM, Landscape Architecture China (2010), Young Architects: Situating (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006), C3 and l’Arca. Her writing has been published in Canadian Architect, Alphabet City: Water (MIT Press, 2009), and 306090. Lola has lectured and exhibited work in Canada, the US, Iceland, and England. She has been an invited critic at the Universities of Pennsylvania, British Columbia, Virginia, Toronto, Michigan, Buffalo, Yale, McGill, Laval, the Architectural Association, and others.