Spec Building: A Kind of Practice

Mason White and Lola Sheppard of Lateral Office – Canada’s representatives at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture – deliver the Bulthaup lecture at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape at Design at the University of Toronto.

Lateral Office was selected to organize and curate the Canadian exhibit at this year’s Venice Biennale in Architecture, which, for the first time in Canada’s involvement in the Biennale, will focus on the Canadian north. The 2014 Canadian Pavilion is entitled Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15. The Biennale is among the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibitions, and will take place from June 7 to November 24, 2014.

White and Sheppard’s lecture, “Spec Building: A Kind of Practice,” will explore the firm’s recent work in the Arctic, for which they received the 2012 Arctic Inspiration Prize and a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award from Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architecture. 

Lateral Office focuses on architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century, using architecture, landscape architecture and urban design as a tool to confront environmental, climatological, social, and  even economic challenges. Sponsors, clients and collaborators have included the City of Memphis, the City of Reykjavik, the City of Toronto, Metis Garden, Harbourfront Centre, Culture and Heritage Nunavut, and the Holcim Foundation, among others. The firm’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States and Canada, as well as Germany, Iceland, England, and the Faroe Islands.

The lecture will be held in Room 103 of the Daniels Faculty, located at 230 College Street, and a reception will be held immediately following the lecture in the front lobby of 230 College Street. Please RSVP to Misha Rahardja at misha.rahardja@daniels.utoronto.ca by Wednesday, January 22, 2014.