Lancelot Coar
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
407A Architecture 2 Building
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f 204.474.7532
Lancelot.Coar@umanitoba.ca


Education
Masters of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Drexel University (1997)
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering (structural emphasis), Drexel University (1997)
 
Teaching
Lancelot teaches architecture design studios and foundational & advanced technology courses in the Department of Architecture.
 
In his design studios Lancelot has led numerous community-based studio projects in rural and indigenous communities.  Since 2007, his studios have collaborated with the farming community of Clearwater, Manitoba. In these projects his students have used deconstruction to revive the material and history of five century-old community buildings and used them to design and build eight new structures with the community members.  
 
For the past two years his studios have focused on the settlement and housing issues facing First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut.  These projects have resulted in community led design projects proposing new housing and community architectures that seek to meet the building challenges of the far north while celebrating indigenous histories and values of these communities.
 
This work has earned the University Presidential Outreach Award, The Carl Nelson Teaching Award, and an Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Sustainability Award from Manitoba Roundtable.

Clearwater Studio video:
https://youtu.be/wMwq2MRFGg8
 
Research
Lancelot is a researcher at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST).  At CAST, his research interests are centred on exploring the unexpected potentials of the dynamic properties of building materials; this work has led to his development of building systems using a range of materials including fiberglass, ice, wax, fabric, wood, and plaster.
 
In this research, he explores how physical parametric behavior in building materials can provide a productive link between design and construction by working with the behaviour of materials to produce efficient and meaningful forms in architecture. This research seeks to discover congruent approaches in form finding and form making with minimal translation from the techniques used to produce a design to the methods required to build the final work. The materials selected for this research are chosen specifically for their wet and flexible properties helping to reveal how expressive material behavior can assist in both the construction and design language of flexible structural systems.  It is through this dynamic material language that a common ground between physical and digital parametric study is established helping to link both past and emerging technological trajectories resulting in the production of highly efficient and constructible forms.
 
Lancelot has lectured and written about his teaching and research extensively and has received support from local and national granting agencies including SSHRC, CHIHR, Manitoba Conservation, and the Winnipeg Arts council.
 
Research Website
www.lancelotcoar.com
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