On October 1st, 2018, Philip Enquist, Andrew Obendorf, and Benton Johnson spoke at a research symposium at the University of Tennessee (UT) Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism and the UT Institute for Smart Structures. The event was titled "Governor's Chair Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing in Design."
American Libraries Magazine features SOM Design Partner Brian Lee in an interview on the research process that goes into the design and renovation of libraries. Lee discusses the forthcoming Roosevelt Square branch of the Chicago Public Library as a model for the innovative funding for libraries.
In collaboration with SOM, researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center are leading a new program to advance innovations in 3D-printed structures. The research demonstrates that a concrete barracks with a precast roof can be engineered to be structurally safe for occupancy.
SOM will participate in the 2018 symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, an event for which SOM is also one of the sponsors. SOM Partner William Baker and others will deliver presentations at the symposium.
SOM Technical Director Lucas Tryggestad and Architectural Design Professional Kyle Vansice will speak at Building Design + Construction's Accelerate Live conference on May 10th, 2018. The two will discuss how data and digital fabrication are inspiring new innovations in design.
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.
On December 6th, 2017, Brian Lee was honored at the HIVE 50 conference. At the event, which centered on a discussion of the future of housing, Lee shared insight on AMIE 1.0, a research and design collaboration that shares energy between a 3D-printed, natural gas–powered vehicle and a 3D-printed building.
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.
On November 28th, 2017, Design Director Eric Keune will commemorate SOM's 81st anniversary as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Keune will share information on the firm's recent local work and will discuss a selection of international projects that have been informed by that local work.