Thirty one years ago, Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen put pen to paper and drew thousands of people to the Grand Forks County Historical Society. On blueprint, it looked like a pavilion. But in person, it was a catalyst for growth and connectivity: a landmark for the county to gather for ice cream socials, band concerts, weddings and, of course, to be a part of history.

From that first project in 1989, over the next three decades, JLG also grew: from a start-up to a legacy ESOP to one of MSN Money’s 50 Most Admired Companies in the U.S. Today, JLG’s 120 employee-owners across our 13 offices approach architecture in the same way we do the design of our company – to stand the test of time.  As one the country’s Architecture Giants (Building Design+Construction) and Top 50 Best Places to Work (Inc. Magazine), JLG is driven by the belief that what we do is more than just a job; it’s about making life better for our clients and communities.  We do that by elevating what it means to provide value by creating collaborative solutions that increase our clients’ well-being, brands, and bottom lines without ever missing a budget.


Michelle Allen, CEO
Lonnie Laffen, President
Jason Haagenson, CFO
Jim Galloway, Principal
Jennifer Bruke Jackson, Senior Project Manager
Rob Remark, Project Manager
Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Principal
Todd Medd, Principal
Nicole Washburn, Director of Operations