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Date 04/21/2011

Lafarge and The National Building Museum Spotlight Andrea Cochran


Reston, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.


This week, Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series welcomed Andrea Cochran, founding principal of California-based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. Cochran is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her work has earned many awards, most recently an ASLA Honor Award in General Design for the Nueva School.


"Andrea's ability to transform ordinary or even blighted areas into truly stunning spaces is extraordinary," says Sustainable Construction Coordinator for Lafarge North America Andrew Pinneke. "When you see before and after photos of her projects, the magnitude to which landscapes can impact us as human beings becomes crystal clear. Her mastery of materials was apparent on many levels, from her use of transplanted olive trees to re-purposed stones. And, as someone in the building materials industry, I was very impressed by the many different ways concrete, in various forms, colors, and textures, was incorporated with other elements of her landscapes."


A monograph of Cochran's work was published by Princeton Architectural Press in May of 2009


Lafarge's partnership with the National Building Museum is part of its commitment to collaboration with leading resources in the building industry. Partnerships like these facilitate the exchange of ideas and information, allowing Lafarge to develop innovative products that meet the needs of new trends in architecture and design.


Spotlight on Design is an ongoing series featuring architects and designers of distinction from around the world. Spotlight includes a lecture series and documentation of each presentation. Since its inception in 1997, the series has presented many of the world's premier design voices in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and design, including Pritzker Prize Laureates Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, I.M. Pei, and Glenn Murcutt, and other acclaimed designers.



Serene Jweied,
Director of Communications



The National Building Museum is America's leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.


The Lafarge Group

The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 16.2 billion Euros in 2010. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

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