Leila Marie Farah (2004 - 2005)


Leila Marie Farah

Leila Marie  is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science and a registered architect in France. She holds a professional degree in Architecture from l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, an M.Arch and a PhD from McGill University. In addition, she spent a year in Florence, Italy, on an Erasmus scholarship, and studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris as well as the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

Her research focuses on integrated design, ecological design and inclusive and healthy cities. Between 2005 and 2011, she was a member of a McGill-based research unit and sought ways to increase the sustainability of cities through community participation, urban agriculture and design. As a result of this work, she received  a research grant from the International Development Research Centre for “Paysage Solidaire” as well as the 2008 National Urban Design Award in the category Urban Fragments for the innovative project “Making the Edible Campus” from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada/ Canadian Institute of Planners/ Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Her work has been recognized through a McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, a Jonathan King Medal and a Canadian Centre for Architecture Collection Research Grant, as well as the Borusan Prize at the XXII International Union of Architects in 2005. Her projects have been exhibited in Paris, Italy, Turkey and Canada.

Since 2009, when she taught a seminar entitled Sustainable Design at McGill’s School of Architecture, Leila Marie has been teaching integrated and interdisciplinary courses with architecture, engineering, interior design and planning students..

Her dissertation focused on the correlation between food and architecture. By combining those two fields, she seeks to enlighten spatial relationships beyond visual aspects and contribute scientifically to her field.

At Ryerson, Leila Marie is a member of The Carrot City Initiative that examines how design at all scales can enable the production of food in the city. It explores the relationship of design and urban food systems as well as the impact that agricultural issues have on the creation of urban spaces and buildings as society addresses the issues of a more sustainable pattern of living.

Leila Marie has presented several papers on sustainable design in national and international conferences.Besides her other publications, in 2009 she was guest co-editor of a special issue of Open House International titled “Designing Edible Landscapes", and co-authored Making the Edible Campus: A Model for Food-secure Urban Regeneration 

Leila Marie is a French citizen and was raised in Kuwait, Cyprus and France.

Updated March 2015

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