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The Least Design Possible, a lecture by Lola Sheppard

  • Kansas City Design Center 1018 Baltimore Ave Kansas City, Missouri (map)

Join us Tuesday, March 1st for a lecture by Lateral Office founding Partner Lola Sheppard. A social hour will be held starting at 5:30pm, with the lecture following at 6pm; admittance is free and street parking is available.

About the lecture: 

The last decade of global architecture seemed to imply that more was better: larger, more ornate, more extravagant. "The Least Design Possible" argues that the real test of design is how much effect can one leverage with the greatest restraint. Rather than relying on form, architecture might uncover cultural, social and spatial practices, to inform design action. How does architecture engage ideas of temporality, seasonality, environment and local vernaculars?

About Lola Sheppard:

Sheppard is a Registered Architect and founding Partner at Lateral Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor and is currently the Interim Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she also serves as Undergraduate Officer. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Ohio State University, and California College of the Arts. Sheppard previously worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel (Paris), Peter Rose (Cambridge), and Allies and Morrison (London) before forming Lateral Office. She is committed to architecture's new relationship to social and ecological possibilities - not just solutions. Sheppard is the recipient of the 2012 RAIC Young Architect Award.