October 22, 2009

Montana architect to speak on campus

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A presentation next week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will feature an architect who emphasizes the wise use of building and design practices to assure a sound relationship between communities and the larger environment surrounding them.

Lori Ryker, executive director of the Artemis Institute, will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in Brown Auditorium, Parkinson Room 124. She’ll present “Rethinking the Relationship Between Nature and Culture.”

Ryker’s presentation is the last in the SIUC School of Architecture’s Fine Arts Lecture Series for fall 2009. The Student Fine Arts Fee funds the presentation, so admission is free. The public is welcome.

The Artemis Institute (http://artemisinstitute.org) is a non-profit Montana corporation that provides educational programs, activities and forums to help people understand and better utilize the relationships between creativity, spirituality and the natural world.

Ryker earned her master’s of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds a doctorate from Texas A & M University. She was a partner in Ryker/Nave Design, an architectural firm, from 1994-2007. A number of national and international journals have published her work and she continues research with Brett W. Nave on “Dialogue: Design, Construction and the Natural Environment.”

The ongoing research “is focused on helping a community come to a clearer understanding of its relationship with and impact upon the larger ecological environment in which it exists through holistically grounded design and build practices” and Ryker is “committed to educating the public in concepts of sustainability, ecological literacy, beauty and holistically considered design through her teaching, research and practice,” according to the Artemis Institute Web site.

For more information, contact the SIUC School of Architecture at 618/453-3734.