FAIA, Design Director
Michael Duncan is a design director in SOM's San Francisco office. He has extensive national and international experience in designing projects that include major civic, retail, residential, corporate, and commercial complexes and buildings, transportation centers, infrastructure, and universities.
Duncan has played lead roles in several signature SOM projects, including Beijing Finance Street in China, the University of California, Merced, and the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport. The International Terminal, with its iconic design and refined detailing, has created a powerful identity for both the airport and the City of San Francisco. Beijing Finance Street is a large-scale, mixed-use development totaling 22 acres in the heart of the Beijing. The project provided a new financial center for the city, as well as Beijing’s most significant and influential new public space. The UC Merced Library and the Central Plant were awarded LEED® Gold, helping to establish the environmental guidelines for future buildings.
Duncan's ambition is to leverage the powerful design engine of SOM to produce projects that push design to the highest level in terms of program, structure, and building skin. This is especially significant in regards to buildings that pioneer refined, cutting-edge solutions that address environmental responsibility and sustainability. He believes that buildings with this dedication to quality, with an unwavering attention to the joy and craft of detail, have a unique ability to inspire.