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Date 12/02/2013

Lafarge and National Buildlng Museum Welcome Antón García-Abril on February 13 for Spotlight on Design Lecture

Distinguished architect will present the work of acclaimed Ensamble Studio, which includes Madrid's Reader's House and Cervantes Theater in Mexico City.

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series welcome Antón García-Abril, co-founding principal of acclaimed Ensamble Studio, a Madrid-based architectural firm renowned for exploring new approaches to architectural space through innovative uses of materials and building technologies.


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.


Antón García-Abril is a European Ph.D. architect and professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as an associate professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, invited professor at the Graduate Schools of Design of Harvard and Cornell Universities, and visiting critic and lecturer at various institutions in America and Europe. His accomplishments include the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996 and his election this year as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his services to international architecture.


In 2000, García-Abril co-founded Ensamble Studio and established a cross-functional team with a solid research background on exploring new approaches to architectural space, building technologies and urban strategies. Awarded the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize in 2005 and the Rice Design Alliance Prize to emerging architects in 2009, Ensamble Studio's projects include The Music Studies Center and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela, the Martemar House in Malaga, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid and The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain).  


 "As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge proudly supports educational and collaborative discussions on the properties of materials and their innovative structural possibilities that advance sustainable construction methods and help inspire the architecture of tomorrow," said Olivier Biebuyck, senior vice president of marketing for Lafarge.  "Through our sponsorship of the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series, we are able to offer this opportunity for other design professionals to learn about the accomplishments of this distinguished architect and his projects that challenge notions of materiality, architectural engineering and constructed space." During his speaking engagement, García-Abril will present the work of acclaimed Ensamble Studio, which includes Madrid's Reader's House and Cervantes Theater in Mexico City. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 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

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United States

Ph: 703.480.6621



Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has approximately 270 industrial and distribution sites and 3,700 employees in 41 States in its US 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 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, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & 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. 


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