Lancelot Coar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, specializing in undergraduate and masters level design studio and construction technology lecture courses and is a researcher at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST). His research at CAST focuses on exploring the techniques and methods necessary to encourage building materials to assist in the act of form finding through material behaviour. The projects highlighted in here describe an inquiry into the dynamic properties that are contained by construction materials which are able to contribute to the design, assembly, and representation of architecture. His research includes the development of building systems using fabric formed concrete, fabric reinforced concrete, fabric reinforced ice structures, bending active fiberglass frames and post-tensioned wood.
Since 2007 Coar has also worked with the farming community of Clearwater, Manitoba to develop a multi-year unbuild/design/build program in which students in the department of architecture work with the community to transform abandoned century-old buildings into new relevant architecture for the community. This is done through a strategy of carful deconstruction, reclamation of old-growth lumber, and the design and construction of new propositions that promote future needs and opportunities for this ambitious community. This work has earned Coar the Presidential Outreach Award from the University of Manitoba, and an honorary mention for the Excellence in Sustainability Awards by the Manitoba Roundtable.
Lancelot Coar worked in both architecture and engineering practices prior to teaching. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering and in Civil Engineering at Drexel University, and later earned his Master in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications and exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, the United States and Canada. He is also a founding partner in Co|Re Collaborative and a member of the performance art collective The Abzurbs.