Spatial Practice in Rural and Remote Territories
Lecture: “Spatial Practice in Rural and Remote Territories”
What are the possibilities for expanding the role of architecture in rural and remote territories where considerations of environment, geography, colonization, and degrowth become entangled?
About the Lecturer
Lola Sheppard is a Registered Architect and founding Partner at Lateral Office. She received her 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 and Associate Director Graduate Studies.
Lateral Office, founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White, is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political. Lateral Office is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century – and the subsequent new typologies made possible by an architecture that confronts contemporary cultural challenges. Recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, architecture, and environment in northern Indigenous and rural communities.