Professor wins architecture award
Waterloo - Lola Sheppard, a School of Architecture professor, has been selected as the recipient of Architecture Canada's 2012 Young Architect Award. Sheppard, who has been honoured with several awards in the past year including the 2011 Holcim Gold Award, is one of the founding directors of InfraNet Lab, a design research company dedicated to the role infrastructures and networks play in our environment.
Ms. Sheppard received her Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2001. She practiced in Europe for six years, most notably at Jean Nouvel in Paris, and in 2002 became the founding partner of Lateral Office, a Toronto design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and is deeply committed to design of the public realm.
Along with teaching at the School Architecture, she is a visiting critic at schools across Canada and the U.S. In choosing Sheppard for the Young Architect Award, the jury said she is “a talented architect, design leader, and influential educator whose work is contributing to larger societal concerns, going well beyond the bounds of traditional architectural practice.” She will receive her award during the 2012 Architecture Canada | RAIC NLAA Festival of Architecture taking place June 13-16 in St. John's.
Architecture Canada’s Young Architect Award "recognizes the achievements of a young architect in excellence in design, leadership and/or service to the profession."