Working with Architects

As construction projects become more complex, architects face an increasing number of challenges: accessibility, efficiency, environmental footprint, durability and aesthetics. For this reason, Lafarge partners with architecture firms and engineering offices early on in the project design phase. We provide guidance on construction solutions that offer the right combination of cement, concrete and aggregates for each project, transforming ideas into reality while building better cities together.


We share the architects’ challenges on urbanization

By 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in cities, which is twice as many people as in 1970! With the rise in urbanization, city authorities, architects and urban planners must tackle a variety of different issues, including affordable housing, infrastructure, environmentally friendly construction, well-being and aesthetics.

Like architects, we play a major role in cities around the world. As a developer of construction solutions, Lafarge shares a number of their concerns, especially those related to urbanization. We work in close cooperation with architects and engineering offices to move forward on these fundamental issues and develop construction solutions that are best able to meet them. This is the thinking behind our ambition: Building Better Cities.


Our solutions foster architectural creativity while meeting new construction demands

We help architects give free reign to their creativity and meet increasingly stringent project specifications by forming partnerships as early as the initial planning phase. Together, we develop the cement, concrete and aggregate construction solutions best suited to each project, including the following:

  • Aesthetic solutions, which enable architects to design bold buildings that combine unique shapes, colors and textures.
  • Solutions that improve energy efficiency of buildings, such as our Efficient BuildingTM systems, which help projects obtain international environmental certification (LEED, BREEAM, HQE, etc.).
  • Technically advanced products, such as our ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) Ductal® that offers beauty and high mechanical resistance and allows the construction of spectacular buildings, like Rudy Ricciotti's MuCEM in Marseille.

With Lafarge, architects and engineering offices can also count on the following:

  • Cutting-edge R&D. We operate the world's leading laboratory dedicated to construction materials, where we develop customizable concrete formulas and solutions.
  • Consulting on major architectural projects. We offer the expertise of our construction specialists, who deliver quality recommendations on the right materials to use.

We support training for young architects and preservation of heritage       

  • Lafarge works to support young architects through training programs and partnerships with major architecture schools around the world (Tongji University in Shanghai, Columbia University in the United States, Paris La Villette and Villepinte in France, etc.).
    In 2011, we also launched the Studio+ program focused on affordable housing with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture in Paris-Belleville (France), the Sir JJ College of Architecture (India) and "Ion Mincu" University (Romania).
  • We are committed to preserving architectural heritage. We have undertaken several projects that aim to improve preservation solutions, such as the renovation of Eileen Gray's E1027 Villa. We also work with the following preservation organizations:
    • Cercle des partenaires du patrimoine (French Heritage Partners Circle) 
    • Fondation du Patrimoine (French Heritage Foundation) 
    • Richard Morris Hunt Prize (RMHP), which we fund
    • Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage) in Paris (partner since 2010) 
    • Louvre Museum (partner since 1995)