mountainstandardtimelab (MSTLAB) at the Banff Centre

mountainstandardtimelab (MSTLAB) is a two-week interdisciplinary laboratory exploring the convergence of art, architecture and landscape-based research and practice. The program dates run from April 26 to May 7, 2010, and the application deadline is February 16, 2010.


The work will consist of a structured studio developed around the theme of critical landscape. The theoretical foundation of the mstlab is based on ideas of landscape and memory, tourism, colonialism, and authenticity of experience. Participants will take part in two organized research trips exploring intensified landscape conditions, including the prairie grassland, mountain passes, glaciers, foothills and coulees, as well as selected architecture in Southern Alberta. The lab also offers the opportunity for in-situ construction in and around the Banff Centre site, and self-directed interdisciplinary work with participants from other residencies. A series of associated lectures will be held by Andrew King on architecture/landscape, Victoria Baster on Arthur Ericksons University of Lethbridge building, and Ben Fullalove on emotional landscape and the Columbia Icefields.


This is the third year the lab has been offered, and it is derived from a series of thematic and short workshops organized by the Centre and Andrew King over the last four years. Past participants include graduate students in architecture, practicing architects, practicing artists, photographers and landscape architects. The Banff Centre is a non-degree-granting institution with university status. As such, appropriate credit hours may be available for completion of the lab.


Andrew King is an architect, author, critic, curator, and educator. He was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome and was awarded a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. His design work and critical essays have been published in several national and international art and architecture journals, including Canadian Architect and Canadian Art, and he was selected as one of Canada’s design leaders by The Globe and Mail. He is the David Azrieli Visiting Chair in Architecture at Carleton University.


Ben Fullalove received his PhD in art history from Duke University in 2003 and is a permanent faculty member teaching in the Liberal Studies department at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. A major focus of his interest is the consideration of wilderness as a culturally mediated representational and experiential space. As part of this research, Fullalove spends as much time as possible hiking, skiing, and generally messing about in the Rockies and other mountains of Western Canada.


The total cost for the studio and accommodation is $1299 CDN. For more information, please visit or e-mail