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Date 28/01/2013

Lafarge And National Building Museum Spotlight Drake Design Associates On Wednesday, January 30

Design firm founder Jamie Drake, FASID, IIDA, to discuss his exuberant color sense, taste for glamour, and eye for telling detail in various projects.

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series welcomes Jamie Drake, founder of New York-based Drake Design Associates, a full-service design firm of interior designers and architects that creates residential and commercial interiors known for their urbane, stylish and dazzling aesthetic. 


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.  Lafarge has been the Corporate Sponsor of Spotlight on Design since 2001.


Author of some of this country's most glamorous spaces, Jamie Drake's industry honors includes his 2011 induction into the ASID College of Fellows as well as his 2003 triple crown: the Interior Design Magazine's Interior Design Hall of Fame, the IFDA New York Circle of Excellence for Interior Design, and the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year. A recipient of the 2000 D & D Designers of Distinction Award, he sits on several prestigious boards, among them the New York Community Trust and the Historic House Trust Director's Council.


"With the Lafarge Group being the world leader in building materials, our partnership with the National Building Museum is one step in our ongoing commitment to work with and learn from architects and designers in developing innovative solutions for creating more sustainable and resilient buildings," said Olivier Biebuyck, senior vice president of marketing for Lafarge. "Renowned for his exuberant sense of color, his eye for unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Jamie Drake is well known for creating inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments." During his speaking engagement on Wednesday, January 30, Drake will discuss his taste for glamour and eye for telling detail in projects that include the Kips Bay Show House and a variety of private residences. The lecture is scheduled for January 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC.


During the past several years, more than 30,000 individuals have attended lectures through the Spotlight on Design series with audiences ranging from professionals, policymakers and students to the general public. The series is also a great opportunity for design professionals to achieve continued 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 dating back to 2006 can be accessed online by visiting the National Building Museum's website at


Dawn Stefano

Marketing Communications & Branding Manager

United States

Ph: 703.480.6621


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.


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 270 industrial and distribution sites and 4,200 employees in 41 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architecture 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, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: cement, aggregates and concrete. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011. 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. 


The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. For the second year in a row, the Lafarge Group ranked among the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of the Group's strategy and actions against global warming. With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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