LA DALLMAN: Fabricated landscapes

Grace La and James Dallman
Principal architects, LA DALLMAN, Milwaukee

LA DALLMAN: Fabricated landscapes
Monday, November 9, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Cass Gilbert Fund Lecture

The work of LA DALLMAN explores architecture as transformed site, reshaping the raw materials of found and abstracted landscape in projects of diverse scale and type. The practice deploys material and detailing investigations as cultural artifacts, which grow from the context. Among recent projects, the lecture will discuss LA DALLMAN's permanent exhibits at Discovery World, the new University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hillel Student Center, and the Levy House.

Led by James Dallman and Grace La, both graduates of Harvard University, the LA DALLMAN design studio has been awarded over 30 professional honors since its inception in 1999. Most recently, the Marsupial Bridge and Urban Spaces has received the Silver Medal of the national Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. LA DALLMAN was featured as Architectural Record's emerging architectural firm (April 2001), and was recognized as one of four small firms nationally working on large scale projects (Dec. 2002).

Recently, the practice won six design awards for excellence from the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin, second prize among 109 submissions in Pittsburgh's 2006 International West End Pedestrian Bridge Competition, and was a finalist in Atlanta's 2005 International Andrew Young Design Competition, Madison's Chazen Art Museum, and Pittsburgh's Allegheny Square Competition. The practice was awarded first place in the 2000 design competition for Kilbourn Tower.

LA DALLMAN is published in Detail in Process (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), The Green Braid (Routledge, 2007), The Public Chance (a + t, 2008), 1000x Architecture of the Americas (Verlaghaus Braun, 2008), Architectural Record, Praxis, Spain's a + t In Common Series, Canada's Azure, and Germany's Topos. They have lectured broadly and have exhibited their design work in various cities including at the Carnegie Museum of Art.