Partner, Lateral Office
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Lecture: Monday, October 27, 2014
5:30pm - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Max Abramovitz Distinguished Lecture
Lecture Title: "Spec Building / A Kind of Practice"
MASON WHITE is a Partner at Lateral Office. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and his Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2001). He is an Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto. He has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, and UC Berkeley. WHITE previously worked at Moncaelli Press (New York), Machado Silvetti Associates (Boston), and PH Architects (London) before forming LATERAL OFFICE. He is convinced that there are new roles for architecture out there that we do not know because we are not looking, really looking. WHITE is the recipient of the 2008-09 Arthur Wheelwright Fellowship from Harvard Graduate School of Design and the 2012-13 Howard Friedman Visiting Professorship in the Practice of Architecture at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
LATERAL OFFICE, founded in 2003, is an award-winning experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio is committed to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment. Lateral Office seeks direct engagement with challenging questions related to the public realm and productive infrastructures. This is demonstrated through successful cross-disciplinary collaborations, award-wining projects at various scales, and recognition in publications and exhibitions world-wide. Recently, Lateral Office was selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture with a project titled "Arctic Adaptations." The project was recognized with a special mention from the international jury.
Lateral Office has been featured in Newsweek (US), Globe & Mail (Canada), Canadian Architect, Landscape Architecture (US), Architectural Record (US), Landscape Architecture China, A+U (Japan), Detail (Germany), l’Arca (Italy), C3 (Korea), and MARK (Europe), among others. They are the recipients of the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2011); the Professional Prix de Rome from the Canada Council for the Arts (2010); the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York (2005); and the Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship from Ohio State University (2003). They are co-authors of the book Coupling: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).