Faculty from Waterloo Architecture were awarded a 2011/12 Faculty Design Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for their project Next North: Architecture in Shifting Terrain. Assistant professors Lola Sheppard and Maya Przybylski, and former student and adjunct professor Neeraj Bhatia, teamed up with and Mason White of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto to develop the installation which challenges the necessity of static architectural.
This is the second year in a row that Prof. Sheppard has won an ACSA Faculty Design Award. The award will be presented at the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. this March.
Juror Comments: This activated multimedia research project results in an immersive installation that oscillates between design research as speculative building and design research as informed graphic presentation. Operating at a variety of scales and platforms for research in both 2- and 3-dimensions, this multi-faceted project is presented as a sequence of shifting boundaries from local to global and from installation to inhabitation. Couched as spheres of ecological drift, the installation and its exhibited projects challenge the very nature of the necessity of static architectural approaches while exploring the ever-shifting terrains of Canada’s northern territory.
Read more at the [ACSA website]