Emerging Voices:
Interboro Partners; Lateral Office


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Emerging Voices: Interboro Partners, Lateral Office
Tobias Armborst, Dan D’Oca, & Georgeen Theodore; Lola Sheppard & Mason White

Introduced by Jamie Maslyn Larson
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
7:00 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery
1.5 HSW CEUs

Click here to watch the 2011 Emerging Voices podcasts.

The first evening of the 29th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Interboro Partners and Lateral Office.

Interboro Partners is a Brooklyn-based office of architects, urban designers, and planners “who work together to improve the urban environment.”  Founded in 2002 and led by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, Interboro has engaged in projects “that represent an ever-expanding concept of what architecture is, of how it acts on the world, but also how it is acted upon by individuals, institutions, ideas, idealizations, and objects.”  Recent projects include LentSpace, a temporary sculpture park in lower Manhattan; Made in Midtown, a project with the Design Trust for Public Space, researching Manhattan’s garment district; The Arsenal of Exclusion/Inclusion, a “dictionary” of policies, institutions, and phenomena that foster and restrict access to the built environment, produced for the 2009 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam; and West Market Redevelopment Plan for the City of Newark.  The office has received numerous grants and fellowships from institutions, including the Design Trust for Public Space, the Graham Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.  Interboro Partners was selected by the Architectural League in 2005 to participate in the Young Architects Forum (now known as the Architectural League Prize) and were just announced as the 2011 winners of the P.S.1 and MoMA Young Architects Program.

Tobias Armborst received his Diplom Ingenieur in Architecture from Technical University Aachen and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Vassar College.  Daniel D’Oca received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Bard College and his Master in Urban Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He is an Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Georgeen Theodore received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She is an Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, where she is the Director of the Infrastructure Planning program.

Lateral Office, founded in Toronto in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism.  The studio describes its practice as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,”  engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project– be that social, ecological, or political.” Projects include Water Economies/Ecologies, Farming the Salton, CA; Next North: Caribou Research Station, Nunavut; the installations, “The Active Layer” in Chicago and “Clearing” in Toronto; Icelink, Bering Strait Competition; and From Runways to Greenways, a masterplan for Reykjavik. They are the recipients of the Professional Prix de Rome from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship from Ohio State University.  In 2005, they were selected to participate in the League’s Young Architects Forum (now known as the Architectural League Prize).  They are co-authors of Pamphlet Architecture #30: Coupling.

Lola Sheppard received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  She currently is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.  Mason White received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and his Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  He is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto and a Senior Editor at Archinect.  Sheppard and White are both Directors of InfraNet Lab, a research lab on logistics infrastructures and spatial networks.

Jamie Maslyn Larson is a Director of the New York office of West 8 and served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.

Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets at the check-in desk, space permitting. Tickets purchased online are available for pick-up at the venue check-in desk and are non-refundable.

For more information, email info@archleague.org or call 212.753.1722 x13. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. For a listing of contributions to the Next Generation Fund, please click here.

Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images from left to right: Interboro Partners, LentSpace, New York, NY, 2009. Image copyright: Michael Falco / The New York Times; Lateral Office, Water Economies/Ecologies, Farming the Salton, CA, 2008-09. Image courtesy of Lateral Office.



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