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.

Since 2005, she has been 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 is teaching a seminar entitled Sustainable Design at McGill’s School of Architecture in winter 2009.

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“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991