The Pavilion at Little Lake at the University of California, Merced; Shanghai Old Town Master Plan; and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City have each been honored with 2019 AIA California Council Design Awards. The esteemed program recognizes excellence across architecture and urban design.
UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland speaks with The New York Times about the university's exponential growth and continuing legacy of educating underrepresented students. She also discusses the Merced 2020 Project, an expansive master planning effort designed and led by SOM.
SOM's master plan for Shanghai Old Town is featured in the current Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Journal. The project, a recipient of a 2019 CNU Charter Award, prioritizes the preservation of one of Shanghai's oldest districts while allowing for modernization and strategic development.
AIA San Francisco recognized two SOM projects at the 2019 Design Awards. The Monterey Conference Center won an Honor Award for Architecture, and the University of California, Merced, Pavilion at Little Lake took home a Citation Award for Architecture.
A jury of professional sustainability experts have awarded SOM with a 2019 Green Good Design Award for the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City Master Plan. The award program is organized by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum.
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City was named one of the three design projects to receive a 2018 "AllSpark Award" during a celebration in January 2019. SOM's design calls for transforming agricultural land into a development that prioritizes sustainability, urban livability, and economic opportunity.
This year's Spark Awards jury recognized three SOM projects at radically diverse scales: a freestanding sculptural pavilion, an exhibition on art, architecture, and engineering, and a comprehensive plan for a Chinese city designed to accommodate two million residents.
On August 16th, 2018, the University of California, Merced hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the 2020 Project. The four-year project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential, and student-support facilities to the existing campus.
The Shanghai Old Town Master Plan has been shortlisted in the 2018 Masterplanning - Future Project category of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards. This year's WAF takes place in Amsterdam from November 28-30.