The work of LA DALLMAN explores architecture as transformed site, reshaping the raw materials of found and abstracted landscape in projects of diverse scale and type. Among the broad range of their work, notable projects embrace urban infrastructure, public space, installations, houses, and civic buildings.

Led by James Dallman and Grace La, the practice has been awarded over thirty professional honors since its inception in 1999, including seven Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin, and several prizes in international design competitions. LA DALLMAN was named a 2010 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and received the national Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal. The firm is the 2011 recipient of the The Rice Design Alliance Prize, an international honor that " recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their career."

LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan. In their roles as educators, James Dallman and Grace La have held academic appointments and visiting professorships at a number of institutions including their alma mater, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grace is a tenured professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, serving as Director of the M.Arch Programs from 2014-17. James is as a member of the visiting faculty at the Harvard GSD as well.

Current and completed projects include master planning for Harvard University, the Miller Brewing Meeting Center, permanent exhibits for Discovery World, the Marsupial Bridge & Public Spaces, the UWM Hillel Student Center, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and several prominent residences. LA DALLMAN’s completed projects include the Miller Brewing Meeting Center, permanent exhibits for Discovery World, the Marsupial Bridge, the UWM Hillel Student Center, and the Levy House. LA DALLMAN’s work is featured in publications by a+t, Architectural Record, Azure, Praxis, Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge, and Topos. LA DALLMAN has exhibited and lectured at prestigious universities and cultural institutions including New York City’s New Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Architectural Center, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.



Andrew and Elinor Hoover

Argosy Foundation

Atid Properties

Brady Street Business Improvement District

Camp Young Judea Midwest

Central Atlanta Progress

Chris and Miriam Abele

City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works

City of Providence, Rhode Island

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin

Fiduciary Real Estate

Friends of Lake Park

Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail

Gary and Anne Grunau


Harvard University

Harvard University Law School

Hillel Milwaukee

Historic Third Ward Association

Jerry and Ellin Levy

Jill Sebastian and Jake Fuller

Ken and Jill Iscol

Lakefront Festival of the Arts

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Hansen

Matt and Brenda Levatich


Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Milwaukee Montessori School

New Land Enterprises


Oneida Nation

Pittsburgh Children’s Museum

Riverlife Task Force of Pittsburgh

Schlitz Audubon Nature Preserve 

Schwanke Kasten Jewelers

Skylight Opera Theatre

Steve Kaplan and Sharon Gray

The Hiller Company, LLC

Town of Concord, Massachusetts

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, Dance Department