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Date 09/21/2011

Lafarge and the National Building Museum Spotlight LA DALLMAN

Reston, VA
Lafarge North America Inc.


Last night, Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series welcomed Grace La and James Dallman, principals of the Milwaukee-based architecture firm LA DALLMAN. The husband and wife team led a discussion on "Fabricated Landscapes," which explored urban transformations of site and infrastructure through new approaches to space and material. The program was offered as part of the AIA|DC's Architecture week, giving participants the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. 


Recipients of numerous awards, La and Dallman were most recently honored with the 2011 Rice Design Spotlight Award, an international award which recognizes especially gifted architects in the early stages of their careers. LA DALLMAN is the first U.S. architectural practice to receive the prize, which recognizes their innovative work on projects like Milwaukee's Marsupial Bridge, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Hillel Student Center, and the stunning concrete and steel Levy House, among many others.


"LA DALLMAN's work is contemporary and smart, using and transforming materials that reflect today's architectural trends, and integrating seamlessly into the existing environment - from urban infrastructure and civic buildings to private homes," says Serene Jweied, director of communications for Lafarge North America. "By expanding the boundaries of architecture, and collaborating across building disciplines, LA DALLMAN's body of work is functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable."


Lafarge's partnership with the National Building Museum is part of its commitment to working with leading resources in the design and building community. Through the exchange of ideas and information, these partnerships help Lafarge stay on the leading edge of its industry, and help inform the development of innovative building materials that follow today's 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, ZahaHadid, Rem Koolhaas, I.M. Pei, and Glenn Murcutt, and other acclaimed designers.



Serene Jweied

Director of Communications



The NationalBuildingMuseum 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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