Design for Life
100% Employee Owned
JLG is a 100-percent employee-owned full-service architecture firm, founded in 1989 by Lonnie Laffen and Gary Johnson. Today, the firm has grown to nine offices with over 100 full-time employees, and was named one of the top Architecture firms in the United States by Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record and PSMJ, one of the fastest growing architecture firms in North America by Inc Magazine and the Zweig Group, and a Best Place to Work by Prairie Business, the Zweig Group and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals.
2016 Building Design + Construction Giants top 100 k-12 architecture firms (#49)
2015 Architect 50 - #19
2016 Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Design Firms – #54 (2015 #38)
2015 Building Design + Construction Giants 60 BIM Architecture Firms - #44
2015 ENR Top 500 Design Firms - #386
2016 Zweig Group Hot Firm List - #75 (2010, 2013, 2014 #21, 2015 #5)
2016 Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Top 25 Firms #5 (2013, 2014 #17, 2015 #5)
2016 Zweig Group Best Firm to Work For - #4 (2006, 2014 #5, 2015 #6)
2016 Zweig Group Trifecta Award
2016 Zweig Group Marketing Excellence Award
2015 Architectural Record Top 300 Architecture Firms in the US – #89 (2014 #158)
2015 Rebuilding Together / Fargo-Moorhead Builder Award
2015 Grand Forks Young Professionals Grow Grand Award (2014)
2015 Grand Forks Herald People’s Choice Award (2013, 2014)
2016 Inc Magazine Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Privately-Held Companies in the US #4203 (2015-#1316 2014-#2547)
2015 Best Place to Work Top 50 by Prairie Business (2014)
2013 Inc Magazine Hire Power Award for American Job Growth
1992 National American Institute of Architects Intern Development Program Outstanding Firm Award
AIA North Dakota Best of Show, Honor, Juror's Choice, Merit, and Unbuilt Awards
North Dakota Ready-Mix Excellence in Concrete Awards
DECI Development of the Year Awards
Education Design Honorable Mentions
St. Paul Heritage Preservation Awards
Minnesota Preservation Awards
Prime Site Awards of Excellence
North Dakota Barrier-Free Design Awards
North Dakota Concrete Products Awards
MC Landscape Design Awards
Mid-America EDC Redevelopment Awards
North Dakota Housing Finance Production Awards
Grand Forks Chamber City Beautification Awards
Grand Forks Chamber Special Achievement Awards
National School Boards Association Awards
Committee on Urban Design and Environment Awards
JLG Gives Back
If design is the heart of JLG, our communities are our lifeblood. We work hard every day to make sure what we design makes a difference to our clients, our neighbours and our region as a whole, and so it stands to reason that we should continue making a difference outside of what is expected of us. To that end, we created a three-part approach to giving back.Learn More
It is a school that has honored all of the traditional functions that work in a school but has looked to the future of what do we need to do for kids of tomorrow.
Ali Parkinson, Discovery Elementary Principal
What We Do
to meet current goals and anticipate those in the future.
to maximize the budget.
to utilize higher performance design to lower operations costs.
for an easy, open, communicative process.
JLG’s size and decades of experience means that we are able to offer specialized services so that when opportunity knocks, we know how to answer.
North Dakota's First LEED Platinum building.
UND Gorecki Alumni Center