Changes at the LafargeHolcim Foundation Board; announcement of Global Awards Winners

28 March 2018

As of April 1, 2018, the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction will be chaired by former LafargeHolcim Executive Committee member Roland Köhler, replacing Rolf Soiron who acted as the Chairman of the Foundation since its inception in 2003.

Under the leadership of Rolf Soiron, the Foundation with its USD 2 million International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction has developed into the most significant global competition for sustainable design. It recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented ideas and rewards projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth, thereby exemplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability. Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim, will join the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, together with Jens Diebold, Head of Sustainable Development, as representatives of LafargeHolcim.

In addition, Brinda Somaya, Principal Architect & Managing Director of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in India; and Stuart Smith, Director of Arup, a multinational engineering Group based in the UK, were newly appointed to the Board of the Foundation that further consists of leading experts including Maria Atkinson (Australia), Alejandro Aravena (Chile), Enrique Norten (USA/Mexico) as well as Marilyne Andersen, Marc Angélil, Harry Gugger and Roland Köhler (all Switzerland).

Winners of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018
The LafargeHolcim Foundation also announced today the outcome of the 5th Global LafargeHolcim Awards. The gold winning project is a publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex in Mexico City. Further prizes go to Argentina, Ghana, Niger and the USA. The LafargeHolcim Foundation was created to raise awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future. The Foundation is an independent legal entity that is supported by LafargeHolcim. Find information on all prize-winning projects here

About LafargeHolcim
LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Group operations produce cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete which are used in building projects ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. As urbanisation increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs around 80,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.

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(from left): Beat Hess, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim; Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim, Roland Köhler, incoming Chairman of the Foundation; Rolf Soiron, founding Chairman of the Foundation; Thomas Schmidheiny, member of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim.




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