Poly International Plaza has received an Award of Merit in Azure Publishing's eighth annual AZ Awards for Design Excellence. The multi-tower project in Beijing won in the Commercial/Institutional Architecture (over 1,000 square meters) category.
The April 2018 issue of A+U, a monthly English/Japanese language magazine about architecture and urbanism, features multiple SOM-designed projects and contributions from SOM architects and planners. The issue is titled "San Francisco Urban Transformations."
At the 2017-2018 China Real Estate Design Awards, SOM received three awards for three projects. Poly International Plaza received the Gold Award, the program's highest honor, with China World Trade Center 3B and Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters receiving Merit Awards.
Three SOM-designed projects are finalists in the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference Awards in Chicago. At the event, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the design teams behind each competing project will present their work to a jury for award selection. Additionally, William F. Baker will chair the "Best Tall Building, Middle East & Africa" session.
Three SOM projects—the New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, India Basin in San Francisco, and San Diego Central Courthouse—were honored in the 2017 Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards. The fifth annual awards program highlighted projects in 42 categories.
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.
Four SOM projects were honored in the 2017 AIA California Council Design Awards. The New 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.
Two SOM projects have been recognized by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. The Desmond, an adaptive reuse project in downtown Los Angeles, and Poly International Plaza in Beijing both received Awards of Excellence at the association's annual awards ceremony.
In its "Tall Buildings" issue, Architectural Record features Poly International Plaza. The centerpiece of the development, a tower nicknamed the "Diamond Lantern," is recognized for not only its height, but its high-performance facade, continuous exterior diagrid pattern, and cultural resonance.