Who We Are

For 25 years, JLG Architects has helped our clients work leaner, cleaner and better.

Passion for Design

Passion for Design

We create comfortable, inviting, exciting environments that raise productivity and lower sick days.

We find unique high performance opportunities to reduce – and sometimes even eliminate – operations costs. We stay on budget, period.

Midwestern Sensibility

Midwestern Sensibility

We do this by bringing Midwestern common-sense to all of our projects.

We understand that architecture is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we want to make the most of it. We work hard, and we love what we do.

Client Focus

Client Focus

Nothing makes us more proud than the success of our clients. We make the design and construction process easy so they can focus on being the best in their respective industries.

Intergalactic Impact

We have 100 professionals over 8 offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Dickinson, Williston, Alexandria and Minneapolis because we want to be a part of the communities where we learn, work and live every day.


We are honored every day to work with our clients - and sometimes we win awards for it

The List - Top 25 Architecture Firms
ZweigWhite Top 100 National Hot Firms
ZweightWhite Best Firms to Work For
National American Institute of Architects Intern Development Program Outstanding Firm Award
2013 Inc. Hire Power Awards
2014 Grand Forks Herald People's Choice
Top 300 Architecture Firms
Prairie Business 2014 Best 50 Companies
Architectural Portfolio 2014 Outstanding Design
Architectural Portfolio 2014 Citation Winner

JLG has been honored with almost 90 design awards in the firm's 25-year history:

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

This is an outstanding project all the way around. On budget, on time, beautiful and functional.
Steve Ludwig, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, St. Cloud State University

What We Do

Opportunity knocks at the start of every building project

Meet goals

The opportunity...

to meet current goals and anticipate those in the future.

Maximize the budget

The opportunity...

to maximize the budget.

Utilize higher performance

The opportunity...

to utilize higher performance design to lower operations costs.

Open communicative process

The opportunity...

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.

We are our client’s guide and advocate in the following areas of expertise:

Architecture and Interiors
Landscape Design
Site and Community Master Planning

Needs Assessment and Feasibility Studies
Space Programming
Project Branding and 3-D Imaging

Construction Administration and Observation
Cost Estimating and Budget Control
LEED Facilitation and Sustainable Strategies

Government Agency and Code Compliance
Design-Build and CM@R Collaboration
Historic Preservation

The Sanford Clinic uses 15.6% less energy and 21.8% less water than other buildings of its type.

JLG Architects - 25th Anniversary

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of JLG Architects.

The year was 1989. North Dakota was celebrating its Centennial, Gino Gasparini had already coached the University of North Dakota to its third national championship and, armed with an used blueprint machine and a part-time secretary, Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen decided to make JLG history.

Match JLGers from 25 years ago.

Twenty-five years, 100 staff, seven (soon to be eight) offices and over ten million square feet later, JLG owes its longevity to a few simple rules

We always do right by our clients.
We create award-winning designs with superior construction documents.
We never, ever miss a budget.

After 25 years, we know. We know how to design buildings with the lowest possible maintenance and utility costs, the places to put the most dollars to aid in recruitment while increasing memory retention, and how to get patients comfortably in and out of an healthcare center as efficiently as possible.

We know our designs impact our clients, our communities, and everyone who comes into contact with our architecture. While it may look like bricks and mortar and concrete and glass, when we look at our designs, we see people.

  • UND Gorecki Alumni Center

    The UND Alumni Center saves more than $10,000 annually on energy costs, while providing income generation through space rental.

  • Herb Brooks National Hockey Center

    At the St. Cloud State University Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, annual attendance has increased by more than 100,000 after JLG’s renovation and expansion increased the capacity from 900 to 6,500 and upgraded fan and athlete spaces.

  • MDU Community Bowl

    The MDU Community Bowl – complete with a new spectator facility, upgraded locker rooms and resurfaced track and field – is now expected to host over 300 events per year.

  • NDSU Beef Research

    Since opening the new Beef Research Center, enrollment in the academic area of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University has increased by more than 65%.

  • Williston Area Recreation Center

    More than 4,200 new members signed up in the first ten days of the Williston Area Recreation Center’s grand opening.

  • Loretta Block

    Prior to its renovation, the Loretta Building housed only two businesses with a total of six employees. Today, the Loretta is 100% leased-up and provides prime retail and office space to nineteen businesses.



JLGives Back

At JLG, community in ingrained in our culture. We are proud to call North Dakota and Minnesota our home, and believe that giving back to our communities is one of the most rewarding – and fun – parts of our jobs. Our employees volunteer for the widest variety of philanthropic ventures, from Downtown Design Review boards to auto enthusiast organizations. In addition, JLG is a proud member of the 1% Program, in which we dedicate 1% of our time to not-for-profit architecture.

GF Boat Dock

GF Boat Dock

GF Economic Development Corp

GF Economic Development Corporation

International Market Square

International Market Square

Wimbledon Train Depot

Wimbledon Train Depot

Sometimes we find an organization has such a great need that we take them on as our branch office charity

Habitat for Humanity
Salvation Army