On April 6th, 2017, members of the team working on Pen Factory participated in a topping out ceremony at the construction site in Santa Monica, California. Representatives from SOM, Lincoln Properties, and Morley Builders were present.
Public Safety Answering Center II and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are both recipients of an AIA NY Excelsior Award for Public Architecture. The award program recognizes buildings that serve as models of excellence for public design, professional practice, and advocacy.
Douglas Voigt will join a panel at the National Conference of the American Planning Association in New York City on May 8th, 2017. The panel will include discussion of the design strategies behind the recently unveiled, SOM-led Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan.
On April 26th, 2017, Ame M. Engelhart, Director of SOM's Hong Kong office, will speak at the 5th Annual Township Development program in Manila, Philippines. The two-day event will include presentations and case studies on issues related to township developments in Asia.
On April 22nd, 2017, SOM employees participated in New York Cares Day, an annual volunteer event. The SOM team, which also included friends and family members, spent the day working to rejuvenate a community garden in the Bronx.
On April 28th, 2017, Eric Keune will speak at the San Francisco Art Institute about the work of Paffard Keatinge-Clay, architect of the institute's Brutalist campus addition. Keune is an architect and architectural historian with an expertise in the history and design of Modernist architecture.
Two SOM projects in California were recognized by AIA San Francisco in the 2017 Design Awards program. The new United States Courthouse in Los Angeles received a Merit Award in the Architecture category, while BayArc received a Citation Award in the Unbuilt Design category.
On May 5th, 2017, Leo Chow will speak at the CNU 25.Seattle conference. In "Retrofitting Water," Chow will explore how climate change and other issues challenge communities around the world, and how a number of suburban retrofit projects offer lessons for urban designers.
Three SOM projects won seven Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Professional Project Awards. The award program recognizes exceptional design achievement, with a focus on projects that show an integrated approach to architectural engineering.
Dezeen profiles One Bangkok, SOM's latest project in Southeast Asia. A 16-hectare mixed-use district in the capital city, the project will involve a team of local and international firms, and is the largest private development in Thailand's history.
Architectural Digest features plans for One Bangkok, a mixed-used district planned for the heart of Bangkok. With SOM as lead designer, the project introduces an extensive collection of residential, hotel, retail, office, and public spaces to the city center.
William F. Baker will join a panel discussion on art, architecture, and engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University on April 25th, 2017. The panel is part of a series titled "Conversations at the Intersection" at the Evanston, Illinois, school.
On April 26th, 2017, SOM Director Paul Danna will speak on a panel titled "P3 Development: What Am I Getting Myself Into?" Hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the event will help attendees understand the Public Private Partnership (P3) model.
SOM's Steve Zimmerman and Garth Ramsey will participate in a panel discussion on April 25th, 2017, at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. The event is part of Building Forward LA, an initiative led by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to make the city more resilient and sustainable.
Metropolis features the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in an article on the manufacturing facilities of today. SOM worked with UI Labs, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, on the programming and concept design for DMDII.