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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (September 9, 2011)— La Roche College and the Interior Design Advisory Board will hold its annual Design Dialogue Series on Thursday, October 6. Deborah Burnett of Design Service, Inc. will engage the audience in a discussion entitled “Good Design = Good Health: Focusing on Sleep, Design and Wellness.” The event, made possible by the Pittsburgh Design Community and the La Roche College Interior Design Advisory Board Fund Raising Campaign, will be held at the Carnegie Science Center.

“Deborah is recognized as a leading authority in the field of epigenetic design, which explores how the body and brain are affected by the interior environment,” says Cheryl McLaughlin, Interior Design Advisory Board member and chairman of the event. “Deborah’s focus is on light and the importance of adaptive light in all types of interior projects.” Burnett is a nationally recognized health and wellness design authority and has appeared on HGTV. She is also a licensed building contractor and chair holder of the Color Marketing Group. For her epigenetic design work and research, she has been accepted into the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences worldwide.

The dialogue will focus on understanding how the built environment affects our health and how spaces will be designed in the coming decades. Burnett will also discuss the impact of light, color, pattern, the importance of adaptive lighting and how the significance of this outlook can affect and enhance performance levels as well as overall health. Tickets to the Design Dialogue are: $30 for general admission, $20 for La Roche alumni, and $15 for students. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to pre-register by Wednesday, September 21. Registration on the day of the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and silent auction. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. To pre-register or to donate to the Interior Design Advisory Board Fund Raising Campaign, please contact the La Roche design department at 412.536.1024 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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