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. 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.
Together with its associated 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.
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.
An initiative of LafargeHolcim
The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction was created in 2003 by LafargeHolcim as an independent legal entity to raise awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future.
LafargeHolcim is the world’s global leader in building solutions. The company is reinventing how the world builds to make it greener, smarter and healthier for all.
On its way to becoming a net zero company, LafargeHolcim offers global solutions such as ECOPact, enabling carbon-neutral construction. With its circular business model, the company is a global leader in recycling waste as a source of energy and raw materials through products like Susteno, its leading circular cement. Innovation and digitalization are at the core of the company’s strategy, with more than half of its R&D projects dedicated to greener solutions.
Headquartered in Switzerland, LafargeHolcim’s 70,000 employees are committed to improving quality of life across more than 70 markets through its four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.
LafargeHolcim is represented on the Board of the Foundation by Jan Jenisch and Magali Anderson. Further Board members include Maria Atkinson, Australia (Chairperson); Alejandro Aravena, Chile; Kate Ascher, USA; Meisa Batayneh Maani, Jordan; Stuart Smith, United Kingdom; Brinda Somaya, India; and Marilyne Andersen and Harry Gugger, all Switzerland.