The public is invited to attend a free lecture featuring Alexander Garvin, Vice President for Planning, Design and Development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The event will be held in the Shaftman Performance Hall of the Jefferson Center in Roanoke on Saturday April 5, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. Garvin has been coordinating the formulation of comprehensive development plans for the World Trade Center site and the surrounding areas of Lower Manhattan, seeking input from the various individuals and organizations that have an interest in the process. The event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Downtown Roanoke Incorporated, and Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies and Department of Architecture.

Garvin will discuss the process underway to rebuild the former World Trade Center site. Following the lecture he will answer questions from the audience. Attendees are invited to stay for a dessert and coffee reception in Fralin Atrium.

Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture and public service. He is currently and will remain a commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management at Yale where during his three-decade tenure he has taught many courses on urban planning and development, housing, real estate, architecture, and parks. He has published numerous articles and books on urban planning issues, including The American City :What Works, What Doesn't. He is also the winner of the 1996 American Institute of Architects book award urbanism. In April 2001, the American Planning Association released his latest book,Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda.

He is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land and a fellow of the Urban Land Institute for whom he has organized and taught workshops on basic real estate development, the residential development process, and the role of design in real estate. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Studies degrees from Yale University.

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For more information about the event, please contact Gregg Lewis at 540-529-3893, or e-mail