As of April 1st 2018, the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction will be chaired by former LafargeHolcim Executive Committee member Roland Köhler, replacing Rolf Soiron who acted as the Chairman of the Foundation since its inception in 2003. Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim, will join the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, together with Jens Diebold, Head of Sustainable Development, as representatives of LafargeHolcim.
Under the leadership of Rolf Soiron, the foundation, with its International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, has developed into the most significant global competition for sustainable design.
In addition, Brinda Somaya, principal architect and managing director of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in India; and Stuart Smith, director of Arup, a multinational engineering group based in the UK, were newly appointed to the Board of the Foundation that further consists of leading experts including Maria Atkinson (Australia), Alejandro Aravena (Chile), Enrique Norten (USA/Mexico) as well as Marilyne Andersen, Marc Angélil, Harry Gugger and Roland Köhler (all Switzerland).
Winners of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018
The LafargeHolcim Foundation also announced, on 28 March 2018, the outcome of the 5th Global LafargeHolcim Awards. The gold winning project is a publicly-accessible water retention and treatment complex in Mexico City. Further prizes go to Argentina, Ghana, Niger and the USA.