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Pittsburgh, Aug. 13, 2010 – Cameron Sinclair will be the keynote speaker at the annual Design Dialogue Series, sponsored by La Roche College and the Interior Design Advisory Board. Sinclair, co-founder and 'eternal optimist' at Architecture for Humanity, will present “When Sustainability is a Matter of Survival” at the IBEW Lecture Hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side on Thursday, Oct. 28. Registration and a reception with tapas begin at 5:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and benefits Architecture for Humanity.

Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need. During the past 10 years, the organization has worked in 26 countries on projects ranging from schools and health clinics to affordable housing and long-term sustainable reconstruction. Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr have compiled a compendium on socially conscious design titled "Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises." The pair was awarded the Wired Magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture for their work in responding to housing needs following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 they were recipients of the National Design Award for demonstrating "that good design can indeed change the world."

“We are delighted to have Cameron Sinclair join us in Pittsburgh for this year’s Design Dialogue,” said Cheryl McLaughlin, president, La Roche Interior Design Advisory Board. “He was chosen by our students as a designer whom they really wanted to hear from, particularly because of his work in the community at large. His work is exemplary.”

Sinclair and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds’ first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. Their work with Architecture for Humanity has helped community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions and foundations. Sinclair is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 TED prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Recently he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. (See attached biography for more details.)

Tickets for the event are $30 for the general public and $15 for students. For information on tickets and other Design Dialogue details, interested people may call 412-536-1024.

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