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Date 07/22/2011

Lafarge and the National Building Museum Spotlight wHY Architecture

Reston, VA.

Lafarge North America Inc.


Last night, Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series welcomed Kulapat Yantrasast, a founding principal of California-based wHY Architecture, a collaborative architectural workshop that brings a smart, fresh approach to each project. The results are consistently innovative designs, executed with the highest degree of quality and intelligence in construction.

At last night's event, Yantrasast discussed his firm's recent work, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the world's first new art museum to receive LEED Gold certification, and the expansion and renovation of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. 


"wHY Architecture's contemporary yet timeless body of work demonstrates a balance between creativity and design ingenuity -combined with the smart, sustainable solutions that we need in today's architecture," says Steve Meima, marketing communications manager for Lafarge Cement.

A native of Thailand, in 2009 Yantrasast became the first architect to receive the Government of Thailand's prestigious Silpathorn Award for outstanding achievement and notable contributions to Thai contemporary arts and culture. He has also served on the Artist Committee for American for the Arts, the nation's oldest organization for the support of art in society.


Lafarge's partnership with the National Building Museum has grown from its commitment to collaborating with leading resources in the building community. By facilitating the exchange of ideas and information, these partnerships help Lafarge stay on the leading edge of its industry by developing innovative products that meet the needs of new trends in architecture and design.


Spotlight on Design is an ongoing series that features architects and designers of distinction from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the series has hosted 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.


Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "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. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.  

The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.        


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