LAN (Local Architecture Network) was created by Benoît Jallon and Umberto Napolitano in 2002, with the idea of exploring architecture as an area of activity at the intersection of several disciplines.
This attitude has developed into a methodology enabling LAN to explore new territories and forge a vision encompassing social, urban, functional and formal questions. LAN’s projects seek to find elegant, contemporary answers to creative and pragmatic concerns.
LAN has received several awards: the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA) prize awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2004), the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the Archi-Bau Award, the Special Prize at the 12th World Triennale of Architecture, Sofia (2009). LAN has won the silver medal for the International Prize for Sustainable Architecture for Fassa Bortolo in 2012. In 2013, a Commendation for the Civic Trust Awards, the WAN Residential Award and first prize for BigMat France were conferred on LAN.
In 2014, the Euravenir Tower was nominated for the Prix de l’Équerre d’Argent and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, EDF Archives Centre was nominated for the Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, and the Neue Hamburger Terrassen received the International Architecture Awards (Chicago Athenaeum) and the Carl-Friedrich Fischer Preis 2014 – Humanes wohnen. The same year, the French Academy of architecture distinguishes LAN with the Le Soufaché Award.