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.
Beginning on June 17th, 2018, a selection of models highlighting the structural engineering of several SOM-designed projects will be shown as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Engineering NRW in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The exhibition is titled "Visionaries and Everyday Heroes: Engineers - Build - Future."
CNN looks back on the impact of the Burj Khalifa and the evolving future of architecture in Dubai. SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker is interviewed regarding the design and engineering innovations of the Burj Khalifa and its continuing influence on the built environment.
On Thursday, March 15th, Thomas Kinzl will speak at AIA Chicago. Using Tianjin CTF Finance Centre as a case study, Kinzl will discuss the use of digital design tools, parametric design, and innovative, high-performing curtain wall systems in building facades.
Popular Mechanics gives a brief history of skyscrapers through seven pivotal examples of their development and evolution. SOM's Willis Tower and the Burj Khalifa are featured in the list, as is SOM structural engineer Fazlur Kahn for his pioneering role in using the tubular column system.
On January 11th, 2018, SOM Associate Director and Technical Designer Thomas Kinzl will speak at the January meeting of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. Kinzl will explore how high performance curtain wall systems can improve building facades.
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre topped out in Tianjin, China this fall. The 530-meter-tall skyscraper will house office space, serviced apartments, and a five-star hotel. The tower will be a striking new landmark in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.
On October 2nd, Thomas Kinzl will speak at the 2017 Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Bern, Switzerland. During his presentation "Parametric Curtain Wall Design," Kinzl will explore recent innovations by SOM in curtain wall design, and the implementation and construction of complex geometries.
On September 26th, Luke Leung will deliver a lecture to the Thailand Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Leung will explore a variety of topics, including SOM's sustainability scheme for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.