January 11, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
ARCHITECT/ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AS KICKOFF FOR BIRDHOUSE
PROJECT BENEFITING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- Noted architect and social activist Michael Pyatok will be featured at a noon lecture Wednesday, Jan.13, in the auditorium at the WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute, 668 N. Riverpoint. The lecture is free and open to the public.
        Currently at the University of Washington, Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for 31 years. His practice serves non-profit organizations and private developers in building affordable housing, mixed-use developments and community facilities, which always incorporate his signature birdhouse installation. He is the recipient of numerous local and national design awards.
        Pyatok's visit kicks off several IDI community service projects. IDI faculty are developing the service projects in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day to increase the involvement and interaction between the academic and Spokane communities.
        After attending a workshop on designing and building birdhouses, IDI students, working in teams with faculty and staff, will construct birdhouses to be displayed throughout Spokane. The birdhouses will then be auctioned off and the proceeds given to Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable housing for low-income families. Additional service projects scheduled include volunteering with construction of an HFH house and a food drive.
        For more information on the projects, contact Suzanne Snowdon at 509/358-7918.
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Note to reporters: The birdhouses will be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 27. A wrap-up celebration will be held that day, noon-1 p.m., at the IDI Gallery, where the birdhouses will be on display.


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