Lola Sheppard

Partner, Lateral Office, and Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Canada

Lola Sheppard

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    Holcim Awards North America ceremony, Toronto, Canada

    Introducing the Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize winners – Lola Sheppard, Partner at Lateral Office, Toronto; Winner Holcim Awards Gold 2011 North America; and Member Holcim Awards jury 2014 North America.

Lola Sheppard is a Partner at Lateral Office, based in Toronto, Canada; an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at University of Waterloo; and will be a member of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for North America.

Last updated: February 06, 2023

Lola Sheppard is a Partner at Lateral Office, based in Toronto, Canada.

She is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, ON, Canada, and is also a Director of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective, founded in 2008, which probes the spatial by-products of contemporary resource logistics.

Lola Sheppard is committed to architecture’s new relationship to social and ecological possibilities – not just solutions. Her research exists at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. It privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its history and environment. Much of her recent work and teaching has focused on the role of architecture, infrastructure, and the public realm in the unique and challenging context of Arctic Canada.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Lola Sheppard founded Lateral Office in 2003 in partnership with Mason White. Lateral Office was awarded the Emerging Voices from the Architecture League of New York (2011) and the Professional Prix de Rome from the Canada Council for the Arts (2010), and the Holcim Awards Gold 2011 for North America for Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network in Iqaluit, NU, Canada.

The exhibition Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, curated and managed by Lateral Office, was selected the Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as the country’s contribution to the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The exhibition spans five themes that constitute Arctic Adaptations at the Venice Biennale - northern health, recreation, housing, education, and arts.

Lateral Office won a Holcim Awards Silver in 2020 for Indigenous Wellness in Canada - Community engaged healthcare and cultural center. Architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White collaborated with the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (AIWF) to envision a centre that will cater to the needs of 22,000 people from seven indigenous groups living in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The project was praised by the jury for its “genuine community engagement that conceives an architecturally compelling building that is relevant to the community.”

Lola Sheppard has taught at the University of Toronto, Canada; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA; and California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, USA. She previously worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel in Paris; Peter Rose in Cambridge, MA, USA; and Allies and Morrison, London.

She was recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Young Architect Award in 2012. Lola Sheppard is co-editor of the journal Bracket: Architecture, Environment, Digital Culture.

She was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for North America in 2014 and 2023.