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Landscape architect to discuss Learning by Design at URI on Feb. 18

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 9, 2004 -- Cheri Ruane, senior landscape architect at the Jacques Whitford Company, a multi-disciplinary design firm, will discuss "Learning by Design: Integrating children in the design of their environment," on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The event is part of the University of Rhode Islandís Community Planning and Landscape Architecture spring lecture series.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URIís Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

As a graduate student at Harvard University, Ruane focused her research on the processes and positive impacts of integrating children into the design of their environment. In her lecture, she will focus on the benefits of "spatial literacy," and the inspiration it has on childrenís opportunities for design-related careers, notions of diversity, and senses of responsibility. Her talk will showcase ways in which she has done this by working with students in grades K-12 in the Boston metropolitan area.

Through pro-bono and grant funded projects, she continues to work with students on master plans for public housing developments and public school site designs in Boston, Somerville, and Lowell, Mass.
Prior to her position at Jacques Whitford, Ruane worked for the City of Bostonís Parks Department as a project manager and participated in historic park improvements valued at $10 million.

For more information about the lecture series, call the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or email Professor Will Green at