Leila Marie Farah (2004 - 2005)


Leila Marie Farah

Leila Marie is a French citizen and was raised in Kuwait, Cyprus and France. An architect, she graduated from l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, earned an MA from McGill University’s School of Architecture and is enrolled in a PhD program at McGill. She was recently awarded a McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA) and a Collection Research Grant at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Her dissertation focuses 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.

Leila Marie has presented several papers on sustainable design in national and international conferences. 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.

Between  2005 and 2011 , she was  actively involved with the Minimum Cost Housing Group, a research unit of McGill’s School of Architecture, where she has been researching ways to turn cities into more sustainable places. Leila Marie was part of the lead team awarded a 2008 National Urban Design Award in the category Urban Fragments for the project “Making the Edible Campus”. Her work was also recognized with the Borusan Prize at the XXII International Union of Architects, in 2005. Her projects have been exhibited in Paris, Italy, Turkey and Canada.

Leila Marie taught a seminar entitled Sustainable Design at McGill’s School of Architecture in winter 2009.

Update September 2014
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, a M.Arch and a PhD from McGill University. 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. This work resulted in receiving a research grant by the International Development Research Centre for “Paysage Solidaire” as well as the 2008 National Urban Design Award for the innovative project “Making the Edible Campus” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada/ Canadian Institute of Planners/ Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Furthermore, besides other publications, she co-editing as a guest a special issue of Open House International titled “Designing Edible Landscapes.” Since 2009, she has been teaching integrated and interdisciplinary courses with architecture, engineering, interior design and planning students. Her work has been recognized through a McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, a Jonathan King Medal and a Canadian Centre for Architecture Collection Research Grant.

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