The Urban Land Institute has selected the University Center at The New School as a winner of the 2017-18 Global Awards for Excellence. Additionally, The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground was shortlisted for the annual awards program.
SOM's San Francisco office took part in the 35th annual Sandcastle Classic—a competition that benefits the educational nonprofit organization Leap. Employees from SOM and other firms teamed up with students from Clarendon Elementary School for the event.
SOM Senior Structural Engineer Benton Johnson will participate in an online forum on steel and timber systems for residential buildings. The free event, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction, takes place on November 17th, 2017.
On November 9th, 2017, Alan Lewis spoke at the Guangzhou International Design Forum in China. The annual event is an opportunity for practitioners to discuss architectural design, sustainable design, and other topics as they relate to the city of Guangzhou.
On November 28th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion on collaborations in art and engineering. The event is the third of a series organized with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," an exhibition produced in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
In its November 2017 issue, Architect Magazine names SOM the number one architectural firm on its Architect 50 list. SOM is the only practice to receive top overall ranking two times since the magazine founded the prestigious list in 2009.
The SOM Women’s Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for its annual Shadowing Opportunity. Students selected to participate will join design professionals at SOM to gain a first-hand perspective on career paths in the field.
On November 3rd, 2017, Associate Director Marla Gayle spoke at Transportation Forum, an event organized by Professional Women in Construction. Gayle discussed the transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office into Moynihan Train Hall, a state-of-the-art transportation facility.
Four SOM projects were honored in the 2017 AIA California Council Design Awards. The United States Courthouse in Los Angeles; the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Master Plan; India Basin; and the University of California Merced's 2020 Campus Development plan all received awards.
On November 11th, 2017, SOM's Edward Guerra, Abel Diaz, and Samantha Walker will speak at the Congreso EDIFICA 2017 in Monterrey, Mexico. The group will present their findings from an investigation of structural damage sustained following the Puebla-Morelos earthquake.
Contract reports on the voter-approved plan to move forward with a new Kansas City International Airport. Initial designs center on the consolidation of three terminals into one and include floor-to-ceiling windows, and an undulating rooftop, among other elements.
On November 7th, 2017, Kansas City voters approved a new, single-terminal airport in Kansas City (KCI). SOM is working with lead developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate on the design of the world-class airport, a process that will include a series of design open houses.
On November 10th, 2017, Associate Director Christoph Timm will speak at the X Sisteccer Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an event organized around the theme of "Towards a New Generation of Facades." In his presentation, Timm will discuss both SOM's legacy projects and recent work.
To celebrate cutting-edge digital visualization tools—and the world-famous German festival—SOM's Chicago office organized an Oktoberfest event. Ten teams throughout the office, including sustainable design, urban design, and interiors, came together to demonstrate their latest work.
SOM recently participated in Chairity 2017: Design for a Cause, an event in the San Francisco Bay Area to raise money for the nonprofit Project Color Corps. As part of the fundraiser, 40 architecture and design firms were invited to repurpose a chair with an original design.