Our Story

Studio

Lateral North began as an architectural masters project at the University of Strathclyde in 2013. At the time the architecture department was moving building and so the first Lateral North ‘office’ was formed by simply not telling anyone we were still in the almost empty building. That was until we were found and promptly told to ‘get out’.

Since then we have found our office home in the back of a 1990’s VW camper van, squatting (this time through invitation) at a few desks in the office of our friends at Dualchas Architects, and in the mezzanine level of a Swedish coffee house.

Then, in the summer of 2018, we moved into our current office in the city centre of Glasgow. Situated on the fourth floor of Central Chambers (a former hotel which serviced Glasgow Central Station, and has since been converted into a series of office spaces) we are a stones throw away from the platforms at Central Station, with a beautiful view across Bothwell and St Vincent Street buildings.

Our office has become a hive of activity over the past year as it has been used as a place for our collaborators to base themselves when visiting, a space to screw, glue and sand together exhibitions, and a chance to unwind on a Friday evening with a game of fussball.

Profiles

Graham Hogg

Graham is one of the co-founders of Lateral North. Graham has worked within the High North, including projects in Alaska, Iceland and Norway and collaborating with international partners.

Graham has worked alongside Anchorage Museum and other Alaskan partners for the past three years on Mapping Anchorage and a future vision for the north, Future Arctic, worked alongside Collective Architecture to develop a carbon-neutral, community focused master plan for Strathclyde Country Park and led architectural workshops for Paisley Primary Schools focusing on the town’s heritage.

Tom Smith

Tom is one of the co-founders of Lateral North. He has worked with national organisations from throughout Scotland and Europe to deliver unique design driven projects.

Tom has led projects including Scotland’s 2016 Venice Biennale exhibition for the Scottsh Government, the newly revamped Skye Ecomuseum, Druim nan Linntean, and World War 100 Exhibition which was premiered in the Scottish Parliament in the summer of 2019 and opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

Simon Forsythe

Simon joined Lateral North at the start of 2019 and has quickly become a vital part of the team utilising his photography and film making skills to develop a wide variety of digital content for a number of projects for Lateral North.

Simon has developed a series of documentary films for the World War 100 exhibition which explores the work developed by the five print studios of Scotland, created a series of Shinty Memories shorts which were premiered in the Screen-Machine in December 2019, and been a key part in documenting community workshops in Paisley, North Lanarkshire, Anchorage and other locations.