Following the Inauguration Day investiture ceremony this Friday 26 October, in which President Farnam Jahanian will be formally installed as CMU's 10th president, a two-part symposium will be held featuring 10 distinguished professors from across Carnegie Mellon University. The speakers will discuss their innovative work, its power to enhance lives, and celebrate CMU’s impact in Pittsburgh, the region, and the world.
School of Architecture Studio Professor & Associate Head Mary-Lou Arscott will speak during the first session, entitled “Pittsburgh as a Living Lab,” taking place from 1:30-2:30pm in the Simmons Auditorium of the new Tepper Building on Friday 26 October.
Mary-Lou works with communities to collaboratively address and solve social problems. Through insight and observation, she engages with communities to become part of their ecosystem, enabling the development of a holistic approach for improvement. An example of her work is the Latham Street Commons project, which works to enhance the health and wellbeing of people living in Pittsburgh’s Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods. The project created a rooftop garden and a gathering place for community camaraderie.