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FGCU Renaissance Academy Announces Contemporary Architecture & Design Lecture Featuring Kulapat Yantrasast

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) announces a special lecture presentation by Kulapat Yantrasast, partner in the architect firm of wHY Architecture/HOW Laboratory. Yantrasast's lecture, "Food & Architecture - An Architect's Studio as a Kitchen of Ideas and Realization," takes place 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at the Academy's 1010 5th Avenue South, Naples location.

Founded in 2003, wHY Architecture specializes in designing art museums, art galleries and architecture of creative sustainability. The office's first major commission was completion of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first new-build art museum in the world to receive a LEED Gold rating. wHY Architecture has also been working on the master plan of gallery re-installation and design for the Art Institute of Chicago. At Harvard Art Museums, wHY Architecture has been working to design all the new galleries and art installation in the renovated and expanded museum building that will open to the public in 2014.

In this intellectually stimulating and challenging Academy lecture series, nationally recognized experts share their knowledge of the artists, forms, styles and innovations that have helped to define contemporary art and architecture. Online registration and additional information is available at

Among the Renaissance Academy's offerings are affordable, non-credit single lectures, short courses, day trips, computer classes, film series, life enrichment classes, writing workshops, travel abroad programs and other special events. There are no exams or grades, just learning for the joy of learning with friends, neighbors and peers. Course fees are typically $25 per lecture, and provide access to Academy programs located at 12 locations throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

For more information or a free catalog of offerings, contact The Renaissance Academy at (239) 425-3272.

For further information contact John Guerra, director of FGCU Continuing Education and the Renaissance Academy at (239) 434-4838 or

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