James Dallman and Grace La

Emerging Voices 2010
James Dallman and Grace La

Recorded: March 10, 2010

Founded in 1999, the Milwaukee design studio LA DALLMAN, led by Grace La and James Dallman, has explored architecture “as transformed site, reshaping the raw materials of found and abstracted landscape.” LA DALLMAN’s projects include the Miller Brewing Company’s Employee Meeting Center, Milwaukee; Milwaukee Montessori School Open-air classroom; Rust Belt House, Fox Point, WI; and the UWM Hillel Student Center, Milwaukee. Recently, LA DALLMAN’s Marsupial Bridge and Urban Spaces in Milwaukee received the Silver Medal of the national Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. In this lecture they discuss the following Wisconsin based projects, Discovery World, the Rust Belt House, and the Marsupial Bridge and Urban Spaces.

The firm is the recipient of a number of AIA Wisconsin Honor and Merit awards and has exhibited widely. Their work has been featured in the monograph LA DALLMAN: Fabricated Landscapes, as well as Architectural Record, Praxis Journal of Building + Writing, TOPOS, a + t, and Azure. James Dallman received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is currently an invited critic at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Grace La received her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and her M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.