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Date 09/17/2013

Lafarge and National Building Museum to Spotlight Walter J. Hood Jr, ASLA, on September 26

Distinguished landscape architect, urban designer and public artist will discuss award-winning work of Hood Design Studio, including Splash Pad Park, the de Young Museum and Lafayette Square Park. 

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that this year's seventh "Spotlight on Design" lecture will be held on Thursday, September 26, with prominent landscape architect, urban designer and public artist Walter J. Hood Jr., ASLA.  


Spotlight on Design is an ongoing lecture 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. Lafarge has been the corporate sponsor of Spotlight on Design since 2001.


Walter Hood is a Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department at the University of California, Berkeley; principal of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA; and Goldman Sachs Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, Hood was a finalist for the President's Park South Design Competition with the National Planning Commission and was a winner selected to represent the United States at the 2010 Venice Biennale. His many honors include an AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement, a USA Character Approved Honor by NBC Universal, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design, a Robert Taylor Fellowship from MIT and a Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; both a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina A&T State University.


"Through his innovative work in landscape architecture and urban design, Walter Hood is redefining our approach to transforming public spaces and building better cities that are unique, desirable and pleasant places in which to live and work," said Maik Strecker, vice president of marketing for Lafarge U.S. "We look forward to welcoming this acclaimed professional to the National Building Museum and learning more about his pioneering work in creating more beautiful urban environments that are architecturally special, visually pleasing and meaningful to the community." During his speaking engagement, Hood will discuss his firm's award-winning projects, including Splash Pad Park, the de Young Museum and Lafayette Square Park, as well as work starting this fall to enhance a new town square for the Nauck neighborhood near Shirlington, VA. The lecture is scheduled for September 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC. To attend the event, register at


During the past several years, more than 30,000 people have attended lectures through the Spotlight on Design series with audiences ranging from professionals, policymakers and students to the general public. The series also provides a great opportunity for design professionals to achieve continuing education training through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). For those not local to Washington, D.C., the lecture series and interviews with individual architects can be accessed online by visiting the National Building Museum's website at




Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager

United States



Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,000 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate, and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 


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