AIA, NCARB, Director
As a designer, Olin McKenzie is strongly influenced by his experience of cities and the kind of spaces and iconic buildings that contribute to the novelty and pleasure of urban living. His architectural sensibility is attuned to how rich, layered work can be achieved through an economy of design moves.
Since joining SOM in 2006, McKenzie has completed a broad range of projects. Initially, he worked primarily in the education sector, for both K-12 and higher education clients. Among his prominent projects are Raffles American School Campus in in Iskandar, Malaysia, and multiple student activity and athletic facilities for Kuwait University. McKenzie was also a senior designer on the Ali Al-Sabah Military Academy in Kuwait City, part of the post-war reconstruction program of that country.
More recently, McKenzie’s aspirations have expanded into the transportation sector, where he has designed some of SOM’s most dynamic and influential projects. These include All Aboard Florida, comprising three passenger rail stations that serve as both iconic destinations and gateways to their respective cities, and the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, which establishes the framework for a landmark transportation hub that knits together two downtown districts.