Mission & objectives
It is the mission of the Foundation to select and support initiatives that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical solutions – helping the world to build better. Through the non-commercial promotion and development of sustainable construction at national, regional, and global levels, the LafargeHolcim Foundation encourages sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting building and construction.
LafargeHolcim Awards competition
The international Awards competition recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts – and is the most significant global competition for sustainable design. Projects and concepts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and related fields are eligible for entry in the competition. Each competition cycle spans three years, from announcement to completion and a total of two million US dollars in prize money is awarded.
The competition was known as the Holcim Awards from 2003. Holcim Ltd and Lafarge S.A. completed their global merger and launched LafargeHolcim, a world leader in the building materials industry, in July 2015. The name of the Foundation was changed to LafargeHolcim Foundation, and the competition became the LafargeHolcim Awards.
Together with its affiliated universities, the Foundation advances the academic discussion of sustainable construction through the LafargeHolcim Forum. Every three years around 300 experts from around the world meet to discuss challenges of today’s urbanization processes and built environment. The conferences are complemented by the release of technical publications, and offer architects, engineers, building professionals and experts from all generations and geographic locations an interdisciplinary academic platform for exchanging ideas and information.
The symposiums were known as the Holcim Forum from 2003. Holcim Ltd and Lafarge S.A. completed their global merger and launched LafargeHolcim, a world leader in the building materials industry, in July 2015. The name of the foundation was changed to LafargeHolcim Foundation, and the symposium became the LafargeHolcim Forum.
Through its activities, the Foundation has developed a close-knit global network of stakeholder groups, and it has grown to assume the role of information hub. The Foundation publishes booklets on exemplary sustainable construction projects, as well as maintaining a comprehensive Internet presence and Social Media engagement.
Supported by LafargeHolcim
The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction was created in 2003 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. With an equally balanced portfolio between developing and mature markets and a focus on cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, LafargeHolcim is the global leader in the building materials and solutions industry.
As urbanization increasingly impacts people and the planet, LafargeHolcim provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
LafargeHolcim is represented on the Board of the Foundation by Roland Köhler and Gérard Kuperfarb, both members of the Executive Committee. Further Board members include Alejandro Aravena, Chile; Maria Atkinson, Australia; Enrique Norten, Mexico/USA; Brinda Somaya, India; Simon Upton, France/New Zealand; and Marilyne Andersen, Marc Angélil, Eric Olsen, Harry Gugger and Rolf Soiron, all Switzerland.