Associate Professor Mason White’s work and research privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its environment and history. White founded the design practice Lateral Office (www.lateraloffice.com) in partnership with Lola Sheppard in 2003. He is also a founding editor of the journal Bracket (www.brkt.org), established in 2008.
His work, research and teaching invites readings of architecture as a by-product of complex networks within ecology and culture. Recent research pursues questions of the role of infrastructure and networks within contemporary spatial practice. In the graduate program, White teaches core and advanced design studios on architecture’s complex relationship to environment, and analysis-based electives on the culture of technology in architecture. In the undergraduate program, he teaches a lecture course on forms of urbanism.
Lateral Office has received numerous awards and recognition, including: the 2016 National Urban Design Award from the RAIC; 2014 Special Mention from the Venice Biennale in Architecture; 2013 Progressive Architecture Award; the 2011 Gold Award, North America from the Holcim Foundation; the 2011 Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York; and the 2010 Professional Prix de Rome from the Canada Council for the Art. His practice has participated in the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, where they were awarded Special Mention from the international jury for the project “Arctic Adaptations.” Lateral Office is the recipient of three Faculty Design Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
White’s recent research and design work has focused on public infrastructures in northern and remote contexts. White has developed a growing record of inter-disciplinary work pursued collaboratively. He has been a primary investigator and collaborator on several major tri-council grants, including:
- SSHRC, "Envisioning an Arctic Indigenous Wellness Centre," (2018-19);
- SSHRC, “Renewing Newfoundland’s Outports: Architecture as Catalyst,” (2017-21);
- SSHRC, “Nunavut’s Urban Futures,” (2014-18);
- CIHR, “Transforming Primary Health Care in Remote Northern Communities,” (2012-17
White’s significant publications include:
- Bracket 4 [Takes Action], Neeraj Bhatia and Mason White, editors, (Actar, 2019);
- Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan, Daniel Ibanez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, Mason White, editors, (Actar, 2017);
- Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory, Lola Sheppard and Mason White (Actar, 2017);
- Bracket 1 [On Farming], Maya Przybylski and Mason White, editors, (Actar, 2010);
- Pamphlet Architecture #30, “Coupling: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism,” Lateral Office / InfraNet Lab, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010)
White is the 2012-13 Howard Friedman Professor at UC Berkeley; the 2008-09 Arthur W Wheelwright Fellow from Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the 2003-04 Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at Ohio State University. His work has also been published in The Globe & Mail, Canadian Architect, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, C3, Architect, Praxis, and Architectural Record. His writing has been published in New Geographies, Praxis, Kerb, OZ Journal, MONU, A+U, and 306090. He has lectured and exhibited work internationally including US, Germany, Chile, Bulgaria, Russia, Korea, Iceland, Netherlands, and England, among others. White previously taught at Cornell (2004-05) and Ohio State University (2003-04). He has been an invited external critic at schools widely and internationally.