Fall 2012 Student Lecture Series: Mason White

Post-Natures: Architecture in an Expanded Field

November 14, 2012

Abstract: Mason White, partner, will use the work of Lateral Office to make a case for a particular approach to practice that is centered on the architect as a spatial detective. The talk will observe the need for new approaches to ecological and social challenges as an opportunity to re-define practice and the role of the architect. Recent research and work in the Canadian Arctic will be highlighted.

Mason White is a founding partner of Lateral Office and Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto. Lateral Office 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." LO has received numerous national and international awards including: 2011 Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, Gold; 2010 Emerging Voices, Architectural League of New York; 2010 Professional Prix de Rome, Canada Council for the Arts; and 3 ACSA Faculty Design Awards. White is the recipient of the 2008-09 Arthur Wheelwright Fellowship from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the co-author of Pamphlet Architecture #30: Coupling published by Princeton Architectural Press (2010), and Bracket 1: On Farming published by Actar (2009).