Team Organization

The Arctic Adaptations creative team is led by Lateral Office. The firm was founded in 2003 as an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Lateral Office believes that the role of the architect is not simply to be a problem solver or designer, but to act as a cultural, environmental, and spatial detective, bringing to light new opportunities and synergies, and seeking out new roles for architecture.

Lateral Office has been pursuing research and design work on the role of architecture in the Arctic since 2007. Recognizing that the challenges for Arctic inhabitation extend beyond merely more infrastructure or new technologies, Lateral Office’s work in the North tests the potential for architecture and infrastructure to be adaptable, multi-purpose, and responsive to the region’s present-day dynamism, along with its unique geography, climate, and cultures.

Lateral Office has been recognized with numerous awards for their work in the Arctic, including the inaugural Arctic Inspiration Prize (2012), a Progressive Architecture Award (2013), the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Gold Award for North America (2012), an Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York (2011), and the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome (2010).

LATERAL OFFICE is the organizer of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.

LATERAL OFFICE is the organizer of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15. Project Leads: Mason White, Lola Sheppard, and Matthew Spremulli.

Team Structure
Arctic Adaptations exhibits three parallel projects observing: a 100-year past, a present, and a 15-year future. The 100-year past team developed soapstone carvings of significant and iconic works of architecture. The 15-year past team developed terrain models and original photographs of each of the 25 new arctic cities in Nunavut. The 15-year future team is comprised of 15 organizations. Working in collaboration with five Nunavut-based organizations, design teams – comprised of a Canadian architecture office and a Canadian school of architecture – will develop a 15-year vision plan for both a regional (territory) and architectural (building) scale on a particular theme. The themes are: Arts, Education, Health, Housing, and Recreation. 15 architectural models with integrated animations were developed to project an adaptive arctic modernism.


Arctic Adaptations Creative Team
Carving artsists, photographers and several organizations based in Nunavut assisted in the conceptual direction and realization of original soapstone carvings, photography, and CNC milled terrain models. for the 15-year future projects, the five Nunavut organizations provide grounded knowledge on current challenges and opportunities territory-wide within their theme. The five architecture firms leading the design teams all have extensive experience working and thinking about what it means to build in Canada’s North. The five schools of architecture hosted a design competition on one of the five themes. They also offered academic and public programming related to architecture in Canada’s North.

Map of team members across Canada.

Map of team members across Canada.

Qaggiavuut Society, Iqaluit
Stantec, Iqaluit
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Halifax

Ilisaqsivik Society, Clyde River
Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architects, Montreal
Université de Montréal, École d’architecture, Montréal

Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit
Pin/Taylor Architects, Yellowknife
University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Vancouver

Nunavut Housing Corporation, Iqaluit
Lateral Office, Toronto
University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Toronto

Nunavut Sport and Recreation, Baker Lake
Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd., Whitehorse
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Winnipeg

Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, Iqaluit
Nunavut Development Corporation, Rankin Inlet
John McKinnon, advisor
Jamesie Alivaktuk
Jaco Ishulutaq
Jupa Ishulutaq
Sandy Maniapik
Lew Philip
Malaya Pitsiulak
Anugakuluk Tikivik
Noah Enowyak
Greg Morgan
Leo Mukjunik
David Nibgoarsi
Thomas Nibgoarsi

Nick Illauq, photography advisor, Clyde River
Bobby Kilabuk
Tamar Mukyunik
Harold Putumiraqtuq
Andre Akana Otokiak
Claude Constantineau
Josh Kalluk
Avataq Neas
Andrea Ann Carter
Jimmy A Qaapik
Jimmy Kunuk
Bruce H Haulli
Mosesie Ikkidluak
Billy Aakavak
Peter Kakolak
Daniel Kulluruqtuq
Jeeteeta Merkosak
Maakusi Aningmiuq
Noel Kaludjak
Ron Wassink
Sarah Meeko
George Aklah

Conor Sampson – CS Design

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Kirt Ejesiak
Geoff Green
Peter Harrison
Bruce Kuwabara
Qajaq Robinson
Shelagh Rogers
John Ralson Saul
Brigitte Shim
Cathy Towtongie
Hunter Tura

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