AIA, Design Director
Architect and author Eric Keune is a design director in SOM's Chicago office. Both a student and practitioner of architecture’s Modernist idiom, Keune’s design work is guided by three well-developed principles: integrating architecture and landscape, advancing the science of tall buildings, and exploring the dialogue between structural and programmatic expression. His work aspires to innovation through honoring the lasting traditions of craft, thoughtfully evolving the contemporary condition, and engaging the visual arts and the history of modern architecture.
Keune is currently working on two large-scale urban projects for the multinational Chinese real estate company Vanke, as well as a 280-meter-tall, mixed-use tower for Kerry Properties. His recent work also includes a pair of projects in Indianapolis for Roche Pharmaceuticals, which will feature the most sustainable buildings constructed by Roche in the United States.
Since joining SOM in 1998, Keune has worked on projects of varying scales. Among them are two projects for the State Department: the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulate General Complex in Guangzhou. Both of these projects went to great lengths to showcase contemporary American art, leading Keune to work closely with the organizations responsible for curating artwork at embassies.
Closer to home, Keune worked on the widely acclaimed Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, along with a pair of buildings in Irvine, California, that constitutes the North American headquarters of Kia Motors Company. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of more than 40 design awards.
Keune is the author of Paffard Keating-Clay: Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s) (2006) and has curated a traveling exhibition of the same title. He has taught design studios at the University of Tennessee, California College of Arts, and Illinois Institute of Technology. He continues to actively research the history of lesser known strains of the modern movement.