On September 19th, 2018, Design Director Eric Keune will join the Historical Society of Sarasota County, in Sarasota, Florida, for a special lecture. Keune will discuss the history of the former Selby Public Library, designed by SOM's Walter Netsch (1920-2008).
On Thursday, September 27th, SOM Director Kristopher Takács will speak at an Urban Land Institute Arizona Technical Assistance Panel Program. Takács and other panelists will share insight on placemaking in the city of Maricopa, Arizona.
On October 13th, 2018, SOM will participate in Open House Chicago, a free, annual event hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center. The event offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 architectural sites and firms in Chicago.
ArchDaily reports on the groundbreaking of Block 9, a new mixed-use project in Fargo, North Dakota, designed by SOM. When complete, the 18-story building will be one of the tallest in North Dakota and will include office, hotel, residential, and retail spaces.
The Optimo Hat Company makes Curbed's list of best sites to visit during Open House Chicago. A leading maker of bespoke hats, Optimo is housed in a historic firehouse transformed into a contemporary headquarters through adaptive reuse.
On September 12, 2018, Mayor Tim Mahoney of Fargo, North Dakota, joined local civic and business leaders to break ground on Block 9, an 18-story mixed-use tower in the heart of downtown Fargo. The building is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and developed by Block 9 Partners, a partnership of Kilbourne Group and R.D. Offutt Company.
Janet Echelman's sculpture"Dream Catcher" has been honored in the 2018 CODAawards, which recognize outstanding collaborations between architects and artists. SOM worked with Echelman to create the large-scale net sculpture, suspended above a public plaza at The Jeremy Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
On September 13th, 2018, Associate Roger Weber will speak at the annual conference of the American Planning Association's North Carolina chapter. Weber will discuss SOM's recent work on the Asheville Comprehensive Plan and share insight on planning for growth in valley communities.
Ahead of the 2018 Facades+ conference, which will take place in Chicago on September 21st, The Architect's Newspaper talks with Technical Director Lucas Tryggestad and Associate Director Dan O’Riley. The two share insight on SOM's latest designs and industry trends.
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice recognized two SOM projects in the 2018 Justice Facilities Review Awards. The Superior Court of California in San Diego received a Citation, while the New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles was selected for publication.
In the AIA California Council's 2018 Design Awards, two SOM projects received recognition. Tenaya Towers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Geffen Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles both received Merit Awards.
On September 13th, 2018, SOM Associate Mina Hasman will deliver a keynote speech at the Sustainable Design of the Built Environment International Conference. Hasman was recently appointed to the RIBA Commission on Ethics and Sustainable Development.
On Thursday, September 6th, SOM Senior Urban Designer Dawveed Scully will participate in a event centered on the topic of spatial equity in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the event includes a screening of the film Chocolate City and a discussion of equitable development and gentrification and will follow.
On August 24th, 2018, SOM led a tour of the Moscone Convention Center Expansion and Improvement project with AIA San Francisco. Set within the footprint of the existing site, the improved Moscone Center reinvents the relationship between the convention center and the city.
Travel + Leisure magazine talks with William F. Baker on Skyscraper Day about his work as an engineer for some of the world's tallest towers. The article spotlights various observation decks, including the SOM-designed Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, and 875 N. Michigan Avenue.