A weeklong symposium at Washington State University Spokane hosted by the Interdisciplinary Design Institute will examine models for thinking about the relationship between health and the built environment. To be held Oct. 4-8, the week’s events offer workshops for healthcare and design professionals, faculty and students.

Joanne M. Westphal, a licensed practicing physician and landscape architect in Michigan, will present “Putting ‘Therapy’ in Therapeutic Site Design: A Historic and Contemporary View of Health in the Built Environment,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. The lecture is free to the public.

The symposium is intended to:

• demonstrate the relationship of research and practice in the design process
• increase interaction between academic disciplines in design and health sciences
• promote intellectual engagement between design professionals and academics.
The Interdisciplinary Design Institute enrolls students in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management and design-build management study at the institute. A doctorate of design degree is offered at WSU Spokane, which is only the second university in the nation to offer such a degree.

For more information, phone 358-7920 or e-mail Pam Medley at pmedley@wsu.edu.