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.
Architizer reports on the uses, performance, and aesthetics of tensile fabric structures. The article features the open-air Train Hall of Denver Union Station, which was designed as a means of efficiently sheltering railway tracks with a combination of "arch trusses" clad in tensioned PTFE fabric.
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.
The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored three SOM projects—AMIE 1.0; the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library; and Dallas City Performance Hall—in the 2017 Design Excellence Awards. The awards were presented on October 13th, 2017.
The Strand Theater has been honored with awards from the Society for Experimental Graphic Design and the California Heritage Council. SOM's renovation of the theater resurrected a century-old movie house to provide a performance space for the American Conservatory Theater.
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.