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April 16, 1999

UW-RF ECO-Club Sponsors Lecture on Architecture

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host a lecture by registered architect Alexis Karolides on Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in Room 200 of the Agricultural Sciences Building.

The presentation is titled, "Sustainability Design for Growing Communities." In her talk Karolides is expected to discuss a variety of issues such as environmentally sound land-use planning and building design as well as cost-effective construction practices. This speech comes at a time when the blueprints for the new River Falls High School could be influenced by ideas of this kind.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Karolides is a graduate of the River Falls High School. Her father, Nicholas, is an associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and an English professor at UW-RF.

Alexis Karolides is a registered architect with the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, a premier research and educational foundation. She came to the institute with six years of experience in commercial, institutional and industrial architecture.

Karolides is a senior research associate with RMI's Green Development Services. Some of her recent consulting projects include the Monsanto life-sciences incubator building, various projects with the Aspen Skiing Company and a monastery in Tibet.

She has provided educational seminars and integrated design workshops for communities and institutions across the U.S.

She has spoken at numerous conferences, including the DOE All States Meeting and a symposium in Colorado Springs sponsored by the Partnership for Community Design.

Karolides received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College. After a Richter Fellowship in Germany, where she studied post-war architecture, Karolides earned her master's degree in architecture at Rice University.

She has interned with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Governor's Energy Office. While in Texas she also was an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College in the building construction technology department.

For more information about the lecture, contact Kelly Cain in the plant and earth science department at 715/425-3729.

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