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.
On July 26th, 2018, Associate Director Frank Mahan will speak at the 4th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture. The event will take place at the SOM-designed Center for Character & Leadership Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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.
Dezeen reports on "Faciem," a series of prints on view at Tokyo's Designart festival. Created by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and inspired by the impact of abstract art on modernist architecture, the prints feature the SOM-designed Willis Tower and Lever House and other 20th century skyscrapers.
On November 2nd, 2017, the Travel Channel will air a program called "The Secret Life of America's Tallest Buildings." William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, is featured in the program and shares insight on Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
Vice reports on the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a citywide celebration now in its second iteration. The SOM-designed Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the world's tallest building until 1998, is noted as one of the architectural innovations for which the city is recognized.
With help from experts at Docomomo, Curbed explores iconic examples of modern architecture throughout New York City. Lever House, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, and the Pepsi-Cola Corporation World Headquarters are highlighted, as are SOM designers Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois.
Glocal Design Magazine profiles SOM as the lead designer of BBVA’s Bancomer Operations Center in Mexico City. Featuring three examples, the Spanish-language article explores SOM's history as inspiration for the design of the BBVA building.
WBEZ's Curious City ponders the future of Chicago's Willis Tower, 150 years from now: will it be adapted, demolished, or abandoned? John Zils, a senior structural consultant at SOM who worked on the Willis Tower, contributed his expertise, noting the building could last indefinitely with proper maintenance.