Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins will be joined by two of the firm’s design leaders to discuss how working globally and fostering collaboration sparks creativity and drives innovation.


June 25, 2013 -- Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that this year’s fifth “Spotlight on Design” lecture will be held on Wednesday, June 26, with three principals of the global design firm Gensler: Diane Hoskins, FAIA, co-CEO; Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, LEED AP, principal and global design leader; and Theresa Sheils, AIA, LEED AP, principal and studio director.

With 43 offices and 3,500 employees in 14 countries, Gensler ranks among the world's largest design and architecture firms. Widely credited with making interior design and sustainability integral parts of architectural practice, the firm offers architecture, interior design, urban design and planning, strategic consulting and graphic services to almost every industry sector. A recipient of the Year 2000 Architect Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, Gensler worked last year on some 6,700 projects across 20 practices, including commercial office buildings, professional services, retail, aviation, urban design, entertainment and hospitality, sports stadia and education facilities. Its clients include half of the Fortune Global 100 companies and 33 of the top 50 U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

Spotlight on Design is an ongoing 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, Glenn Murcutt and other acclaimed designers. Lafarge has been the corporate sponsor of Spotlight on Design since 2001.

Diane Hoskins oversees Gensler’s global practice and spearheads its proprietary research platform to quantify the productivity, sustainability, and economic impact of the firm’s projects.  An architect and LEED®-accredited professional, she is a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, a leader of Gensler’s law firm practice and one of three firm-wide design leaders, applies more than 20 years of experience in design and strategic planning. A LEED-accredited professional, she has served as project director for a diverse group of global, national, and local organizations and has won numerous design awards. Theresa Sheils, a registered architect and LEED-accredited professional, has worked on some of the firm’s most complex domestic and international projects. A strong proponent of high-performance sustainable design, she led the team for PNC Place., a LEED Platinum regional headquarters that has earned 11 design awards and was named Best New Office Building in Washington, D.C.

“Lafarge is a proud sponsor of the Spotlight on Design program, which is a perfect forum to foster a constructive dialogue on innovative ideas, materials and methods that will ultimately transform our approach to building better cities,” said John Stull, president and CEO for Lafarge U.S.  “We look forward to welcoming these three distinguished architects to the National Building Museum and to learning more about their firm’s outstanding track record in advancing the quality of the built environment globally.”  The June 26 program is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, professor of architecture at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center and curator at the National Building Museum. During their speaking engagement, Diane Hoskins, Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, and Theresa Sheils will discuss how working on a global scale and fostering collaboration between people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise sparks creativity and drives innovation. They also will present highlights of some of the Gensler’s projects, including Shanghai Tower, Duke Kunshan University, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. 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 a great opportunity for design professionals to achieve continuing education training through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). For those not local to Washington, D.C., the lecture series and interviews with individual architects dating back to 2006 can be accessed online by visiting the National Building Museum’s website at


Lafarge North America Inc. (“Lafarge”) has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,400 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum 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.

With the world’s leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group’s website:

Contact: Dawn Stefano, Communications & Branding Manager, U.S., 703-480-6621.             


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