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10-18-05

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Landscape architect Patricia Lussier will speak at ISU Oct. 21

AMES, Iowa -- French Canadian landscape architect Patricia Lussier will present Iowa State University's P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lussier's lecture, "Hand-me-down Design: An Approach to Landscape Architecture," will focus on the use of unusual, abandoned or recycled materials in landscape design, a process often used in work by her firm, Studio Espace DRAR, Montreal.

Lussier co-founded Studio Espace DRAR in 1999 with Anna Radice. Both 1997 graduates of the University of Montreal, Lussier and Radice joined forces after a few years in private practice to express their visions of contemporary landscape architecture. The studio, whose name means "from dreams to reality," explores the potentials and constraints of private gardens, public parks, urban spaces, community gardens, abandoned lots, roof terraces and other types of landscapes.

Lussier and Radice are innovators in landscape architecture, said Tim Keller, professor and chair of landscape architecture.

Their installation for the 2000 International Garden Festival in Quebec was the starting point for reinventing applications for objects usually considered garbage. As a result, the use of recycled glass is not unusual in gardens today.

The Philip H. Elwood Lecture Series in Landscape Architecture was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the department of landscape architecture at Iowa State University. The lecture series, initiated by 1943 landscape architecture graduate Theodore Osmundson, created an endowed fund to bring renowned practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest lecturers each fall semester.

A reception will follow the lecture in the Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum in the College of Design.

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French Canadian landscape architect Patricia Lussier will present Iowa State's P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. The Lussier's lecture, "Hand-me-down Design: An Approach to Landscape Architecture," will focus on the use of unusual, abandoned or recycled materials in landscape design, a process often used in work by her firm, Studio Espace DRAR, Montreal.