In June 2018, SOM’s Chicago office hosted an official delegation from Osaka, Japan. The group’s visit was part of the delegation’s tour of Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of the "sister cities" partnership between Osaka and Chicago.
On April 21st, 2018, SOM Design Director Eric Keune will speak at a symposium hosted by Docomomo US. The event, titled "Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures," is presented in conjunction with the Association for Preservation Technology and the IIT College of Architecture.
On April 4th, 2018, Eric Keune will speak at Ciao Chicago's First Wednesday Italian Design Night, a series hosted in conjunction with AIA Chicago. The event, titled "Architecture + Oenology: Parallel Trajectories," will explore the intersection of winemaking and architectural design.
Docomomo US has named Eric Keune to the 2018 Modernism in America Awards jury. The awards program recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant efforts to retain, restore, and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of Modernist buildings and sites.
On March 13th, 2018, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck at 875 N. Michigan (formerly John Hancock Center) will unveil SOM's design for the building's second time capsule. Designed to be installed for the next 50 years, the new time capsule will replace the original, which was installed in 1968.
WGN News reports on the opening of a time capsule sealed in 1968 at 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) in Chicago. Design Director Eric Keune shares insight on the SOM-designed building.
SOM Design Director Eric Keune has co-authored 100 Buildings, a book on the 100 best architectural projects of the twentieth century. Keune wrote 100 Buildings in collaboration with architect Thom Mayne, scholars Val Warke and Andrea Simitch, and The Now Institute at UCLA.
This fall, we launched #SOMinChicago, an Instagram contest that celebrates architecture and design during the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Meet the jury: a group of leading voices in architecture from Chicago and around the world.
On November 28th, 2017, Design Director Eric Keune will commemorate SOM's 81st anniversary as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Keune will share information on the firm's recent local work and will discuss a selection of international projects that have been informed by that local work.
As the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites city residents and visitors to “Make New History” this fall, SOM is proud to partner with the Biennial and leading Chicago-based cultural organizations to explore the intersection between art, architecture, urban planning, and engineering.
WGN Radio interviews SOM's Eric Keune and Danny Schulman from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in anticipation of the re-dedication of the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza. Engineered by SOM in 1967, the sculpture has endured as an iconic piece of public art in Chicago.
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Picasso's sculpture in Daley Plaza, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invites SOM's Eric Keune and city historian Tim Samuelson on the "Chicago Stories" podcast. The three revisit the 1967 unveiling of the sculpture and discuss its impact on public art in the city.
On May 5th, 2017, SOM's Chicago office hosted a reception for students from the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology to exhibit their final undergraduate projects. The projects were the capstone of a year-long studio led by an interdisciplinary team from SOM.
On March 30, 2017, SOM Design Director Eric Keune will deliver a presentation on SOM's legacy in Chicago at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will discuss SOM's long history of work in Chicago, as well as the firm's newest projects in the region.
On March 2, 2017, the first annual Italian Design Day was celebrated in cities around the world. SOM's Chicago office opened its doors to host a public event, in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Italian American Chamber of Commerce.
On April 16th, 2016, the Chicago Civic Opera House will host a public tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its renovation. SOM Design Director Eric Keune will guide visitors through SOM's renovation of the 87-year old building.
Eric Keune, SOM Design Director, has been selected to serve on the inaugural Baldwin Design Council—an advisory board of architects and designers sharing ideas and shaping the future of design. The Baldwin Design Council consists of 25 prestigious architects and designers who will serve a two-year term through August 2017.
On May 7, 2015, SOM Design Director Eric Keune will participate in the group talk “The Problem of the Tall Building: Unpacking the Design History of the Modern Skyscraper,” which explores the challenges and opportunities of tall building design. The event takes place at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
SOM leaders will speak at a special edition of PechaKucha Night that will take place during the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago. Eric Keune, SOM Design Director, and Michael Pfeffer, SOM Managing Director, will join other presenters to discuss myriad topics related to architecture, design, and other creative fields.