On April 21st, 2018, SOM Design Director Eric Keune will speak at a symposium hosted by Docomomo US. The event, titled "Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures," is presented in conjunction with the Association for Preservation Technology and the IIT College of Architecture.
Architizer highlights SOM-designed facades that challenge the capabilities of glass envelopes. The New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, the Center for Character and Leadership Development, JTI Headquarters, and other projects are featured.
The New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects features five SOM-designed projects in its annual roundup of award winners. The publication showcases the recipients of the 2017 AIA New York State Design, Excelsior, and Honor Awards.
Photography Coordinator Lucas Blair Simpson speaks to SOM's approach to photography, providing insight on logistics, video, and drones. The article features images of PSAC II and the Center for Character & Leadership Development, two projects for which Simpson produced the shoots.
AIA has announced the 2018 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, which recognize excellence and distinction in architecture, urban design, and interior architecture. Two SOM projects were honored: the new United States Courthouse in Los Angeles and the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.
The Wall Street Journal features Public Safety Answering Center II as one of this year's most innovative and effective new buildings. The facility, which will handle over 10 million emergency calls a year, is designed to be highly secure and functional.
The Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library was awarded the 2017 Louis Sullivan Award by the Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A special design award selected directly by the jury, the Sullivan Award is the highest state honor for design.
Poly International Plaza in Beijing and the India Basin project in San Francisco won Gold and Bronze awards, respectively, in the Spaces Design category of the 11th Annual Spark Awards. The criteria for selecting winners includes inventiveness, durability, and expressiveness.
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.