Stephen Teeple: Sentient Geometry

Stephen Teeple, founder and principal of Stephen Teeple Architects in Toronto, speaks at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Architecture, it can be posited, is the choreography of geometries: the sequencing of inhabitable forms to elicit an internal experience or perception. The geometric organization of programs, situations and people into symbolic forms exercises an undeniable influence over us: that is, we know pleasing, successful architecture when we feel it. This sequencing of space, form and shape is intimately linked to our daily experience and our impact on the environment at large. Teeple Architects’ practice has, over the last 25 years, operated from a place of daily contemplation of this duality: the ordering of geometry as both virtual expression and actual experience.

Stephen Teeple B.E.S., B.Arch., M.Sc., OAA, AAA, FRAIC, RCA, founder and principal of Teeple Architects, is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and is the recipient of six Governor General’s Medals for Architecture – Canada’s top architectural recognition. Teeple is a prominent member of the Canadian design community, committed to active and ongoing engagement in all aspects of discourse regarding design, creativity and the public realm and was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding service and contribution to Canadian design and culture in 2013.

Teeple’s recent work has explored the cultural dimension of sustainability in design, a practice he believes is in keeping with the architect’s responsibility to understand the evolving role of architecture in society. Throughout the evolution of his practice, there remains a consistent intent to pursue architecture as an art form – a resonant form that shapes human experience into a heightened level of felt expression. The work of Teeple and Teeple Architects has been recognized at both the national and international level for its inspired, intelligent and efficient responses to site, ecology and the specific and unique needs of each client.

The presentation takes place in the Centre Space of the John A. Russell Building at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture.