On June 12th, 2018, a raccoon embarked on an ascent of a 1970s-era, 25-story tower in St. Paul, Minnesota. Metropolis Magazine interviewed SOM Director Colin Koop to provide perspective on the climb, which captured the attention of the media and viewers around the world.
SOM will participate in more than 20 events at this year's AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The conference, which features approximately 70 educational and networking events, includes seminars, workshops, and a two-day Architecture Expo at the Javits Center.
Metropolis highlights the recent Think Tank panel hosted at SOM's New York office. Participants, including SOM Design Director Colin Koop, discussed issues regarding the rapid urbanization of New York City and the need for innovative technologies to support the city's growth.
The Roosevelt Island campus of Cornell Tech, which opened in September 2017, is featured in Architectural Record. Design Director Colin Koop shares insight on the amount of public space incorporated into SOM's master plan for the New York City campus.
SOM's Colin Koop discusses Cornell Tech in Building Design + Construction's Greenbuild Report. In creating the master plan for the new campus, SOM designed an elevated "Techwalk," or main pedestrian walkway, and other resilient features to account for its location in New York City's East River.
SOM Director Colin Koop discusses Cornell Tech's new campus with Fast Company's Co. Design. The Roosevelt Island campus of the applied sciences university, for which SOM designed the master plan, officially opened in September, 2017.
Plans for Cornell Tech's new university on Roosevelt Island, currently under construction, are featured on the institution's website. The master plan for the applied science university, designed by SOM, creates a boundary-free, 12.4-acre campus knit into the promenades and green spaces of the island.
The SOM Women's Initiative hosted a screening of "The Making of an Avant Garde" on March 9, 2017. The film, written and directed by Diana Agrest, explores the creation and enduring legacy of the New York-based Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies.
At the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Colin Koop and Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa will speak about the planning process for Barnard College's Teaching and Learning Center. The new facility will provide learning spaces within a networked, interactive setting.
Modelo spotlights SOM Design Director Colin Koop and Senior Designer Daniel Cashen. With expertise ranging from transportation hubs to virtual reality, Koop and Cashen discuss the intersection of architecture and technology and how innovation informs SOM's work.
The Partners of SOM are pleased to announce the election of Scott Duncan as a Partner, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the firm. Additionally, three new Directors have been elected: Colin Koop, Adam Semel, and Jed Zimmerman.
On April 28, 2015, SOM Associate Director Colin Koop will serve as a panelist at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington Real Estate Trends Conference in Washington, D.C. Koop will explore the rising popularity of districts that are designed to foster invention and exchange among institutions and businesses.
On October 16, SOM Associate Director Colin Koop will moderate a panel at Engineering News-Record’s Higher Education Conference. The discussion, titled “Building Private Universities: Challenges and Innovations,” will address a range of topics related to the design and construction of new education facilities.
On October 10, SOM Associate Director Colin Koop will participate in a panel on technology and academia. The discussion, which is taking place as part of Dwell on Design NY, will explore how traditional classrooms can continue to engage a generation of digitally minded students.
In a recent roundup, Dwell spotlights three transformational education projects designed by SOM: University Center at the New School, the Cornell NYC Tech Framework Plan, and St. Alban’s School. SOM’s Colin Koop will discuss his work on these projects, and others, in an upcoming panel at the Dwell on Design NY conference.