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Architect to speak on sustainable design

March 24, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The relationship between food and architecture and turning cities into more sustainable places is the focus of a lecture Thursday, March 25, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Leila Marie Farah, a French architect and a lecturer at McGill University, will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center on "Nutri-Cities, Then and Now: Toward Fertile Urban Environmentalists." A reception will follow until 8:30 p.m.

The free public event is part of the University's Gwen Frostic Lecture Series. It is sponsored by WMU's Environmental Studies Program and is funded by the Western Student Association and Student Assessment Fee.

A French citizen, Farah holds a professional degree in architecture from l'Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, a master's degree from McGill University and currently is a doctoral candidate at McGill's School of Architecture. Her research focuses on the correlation between food and architecture, and she has been recognized with several scholarships and international architecture awards. She has presented several papers on sustainable design at national and international conferences, and her projects have been exhibited in France, Italy, Turkey and Canada.

Previously, Farah worked with leading European architectural firms, such as the Architecture Studio in Paris. Since 2005, she has been collaborating with a McGill-based research unit to seek ways to increase the sustainability of cities through community participation, urban horticulture and design.

For more information on the lecture, call (269) 387-2716.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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