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Date 05/02/2014

Lafarge and National Building Museum to Spotlight Johnston Marklee & Associates on February 11

Founding principals Sharon Johnston, AIA, and Mark Lee will discuss their architectural firm's innovative projects, which explore the relationship between design and building technologies.

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that this year's second "Spotlight on Design" lecture will be held on February 11 with Sharon Johnston, AIA, and Mark Lee, founding principals of Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee & Associates. The program is the third in a series of three "Spotlight on L.A. Design" lectures focused on West Coast architectural firms. 

The lectures complement the museum's exhibition, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990.  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.

Featured extensively in national and international media, Johnston Marklee & Associates has developed a wide range of institutional, residential and commercial projects in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and China. Rather than adhere to a signature style, the firm embraces an innovative design process that includes frequent collaborations with contemporary artists, writers, photographers and sculptors, bringing multiple layers of expertise to create unique works of architecture. Since its founding in 1998, Johnston Marklee has garnered many notable awards, including Progressive Architecture Design Awards, AIA Los Angeles and AIA 

California Council Honor Awards, an American Architecture Award, and an AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture. Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston are visiting professors at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design during the 2014 winter quarter. A visiting critic at numerous institutions around the world, Mark Lee holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of California and a master in architecture II degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A board member of the AIA Los Angeles chapter, Sharon Johnston, AIA, earned a bachelor's degree in history and art history from Stanford University and a master's degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During the program, Lee and Johnston will discuss some of their firm's recent projects, including the UCLA Graduate Art Studios, Poggio Golo Winery and The Menil Drawing Institute. The lecture is scheduled for February 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum. To attend the event, register by clicking here.

"Lafarge is constantly striving to provide architects with innovative solutions that enable daring designs and new structural possibilities for building better cities," said Maik Strecker, vice president of marketing for Lafarge U.S. "We look forward to welcoming these two distinguished architects to the National Building Museum and learning more about their insights on the relationship between design and building technologies to create unique works of architecture and enhanced urban environments." 

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 an opportunity for design professionals to achieve continuing education credits through the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Those not local to Washington, D.C., can access the lecture series and interviews with individual architects online by visiting the National Building Museum's website at


Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager

United States

Ph: 703-480-3667


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.


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:

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