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Date 30/10/2013

Lafarge and National Building Museum to Spotlight Esteemed Classical Architect Allan Greenberg on November 7

Eminent practitioner of progressive architecture that advances classical ideals will discuss his work, including the Humanities Building at Rice University and the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store. 

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that this year's ninth "Spotlight on Design" lecture will be held on Thursday, November 7, with Allan Greenberg, one of the most lauded and influential revivalists of American classical architecture.


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.


Named in Architectural Digest's Top 100 Designers and Architects, Allan Greenberg was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he trained in classical, Gothic and modern architecture. He worked for leading Scandinavian modernist architects Jørn Utzon (with whom he worked on the Sydney Opera House) and Viljo Revell. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 1965, he spent two years in the City of New Haven's Redevelopment Agency and later served as architectural consultant to Connecticut's Chief Justice from 1967 to 1979. Greenberg established his own firm in 1972, which has completed work on a renowned list of buildings throughout the U.S. and overseas. He has taught at Yale University's School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania, the Division of Historic Preservation at Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame. He also has written many books and articles, both scholarly and popular, on the dynamic and enduring qualities of traditional architecture and design. In 2006, Greenberg was the first American to be awarded the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture in recognition of his many contributions to architectural design and scholarship.


"By combining contemporary construction techniques with the best architectural traditions, Allan Greenberg has achieved great renown for producing timeless, technologically progressive and ‘green' buildings that radiate a sense of classic beauty and artistic craftsmanship," said Maik Strecker, vice president of marketing for Lafarge U.S. "We look forward to welcoming this esteemed architect, teacher and author to the National Building Museum and learning more about his exquisite classical and progressive design work that has enriched the American cultural and urban landscape."    


During the program, Greenberg will discuss some of his notable residential, university and civic projects, including the Humanities Building at Rice University, which won the Design Excellence Award from the AIA Washington, DC, Chapter, and the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store in Beverly Hills, which was named the Best Commercial Building of 1998 by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Following the lecture, he will sign copies of his latest book, Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect (Rizzoli, 2013), which showcases buildings that radiate classic beauty and artistic integrity. 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 an opportunity for design professionals to achieve continuing education training 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: 703-480-6621


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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