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.
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.
Interior Design Magazine features SOM's transformation of a former Chicago firehouse into the headquarters for Optimo Hat Company. SOM Design Partner Brian Lee and Optimo's Graham Thompson discuss how the adaptive reuse of the space reflects the shared values of craftsmanship and authenticity.
On February 15th, 2018, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will join a panel of Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs for a panel discussion centered on career development and entrepreneurship. The event is organized by Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals.
On December 6th, 2017, Brian Lee was honored at the HIVE 50 conference. At the event, which centered on a discussion of the future of housing, Lee shared insight on AMIE 1.0, a research and design collaboration that shares energy between a 3D-printed, natural gas–powered vehicle and a 3D-printed building.
On September 19th, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee and Sustainability Director Luke Leung will speak at the 2017 Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas. Lee and Leung will participate in a panel discussion titled "Peering Into the Future: Sustainability and the 2018 Concept Community."
On June 20th, 2017, Brian Lee will speak at Record on the Road, a symposium hosted by Architectural Record. Lee will discuss examples of recent civic and public work that reflect the event's theme, "Buildings in the Public Realm: Innovations in Civic and Commercial Architecture."
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.
SOM, working in collaboration with NIA Architects Inc., will realize one of Chicago's first co-located housing and public library branches. Located in the city's Little Italy neighborhood, the development includes a one-story public library branch and two four-story residential buildings.
South Morning China Posts interviews SOM Design Partner Brian Lee ahead of his participation in Business of Design Week, an annual design event in Hong Kong. An industry expert, Lee offers insight on topics ranging from tall buildings to the importance of thoughtful urban planning.
SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will speak at Business of Design Week 2016 in Hong Kong, which takes place from November 28 to December 3. Addressing this year's theme of "Made in Chicago," Lee will join numerous thought leaders in a plenary session titled "Culture and the City."
On November 2nd, 2016, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will speak at the School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Presenting on "Innovation in Practice," Lee will highlight SOM's recent research into new building methods and typologies.
SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will lead two tours of the Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch on October 18th and 19th, 2016. Organized by Know Your Chicago, the "Architects of Global Knowledge" tours are hosted by Blair Kamin and Zurich Esposito.
The 31st Annual Modern Healthcare Design Awards have named Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center the winner of the Silver Award for the 2016 competition. Designed by SOM, the state-of-the-art hospital provides patient-centered health care in a regenerative, humane, and flexible environment.
SOM's leadership will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The event takes place in China on October 16–21, 2016, during which SOM will deliver nine presentations on skyscraper and urban design.
Four years after Brian Lee, SOM Design Partner, presented at TEDxFargo, local organization Emerging Prairie reflects on his TED talk and career. The article highlights Lee's philosophy that cities should enrich the experiences that occur within them.
American Libraries covers the President's Program of the Association for Library Service to Children at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association. It quotes SOM Design Partner and program panelist Brian Lee, who spoke about the design of the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.
On June 27th, 2016, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will speak at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Orlando, Florida. Lee will explain SOM’s interactive, child-focused design for the Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library.
On June 8th, 2016, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will speak at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the event will address how architects and librarians are designing the 21st-century library.
A leading architect in Chicago and around the world, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee was included in NewCity's "Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2016" list. Cited for his contributions to the global architectural landscape, Lee has led many of SOM's most influential recent projects.
For its latest exhibition, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago asked leading architecture practices to explore the future of design and sustainability using LEGO bricks. SOM's contribution demonstrates potential for scalable, sustainable, and structurally excellent design.
Designed by SOM, The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati has opened an integrated, patient-centered joint and spine care center. Anticipating future needs and placing the patient and caregivers first, the center demonstrates that design can foster recovery while creating a humane environment for medical professionals.
Following the release of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat annual report, Dezeen suggests that we've entered a megatall skyscraper era. SOM Design Partner Brian Lee weighs in on the future of tall buildings and their importance for cities around the world.
Dezeen features SOM’s Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library, exploring how the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui was incorporated into the design. The publication interviews SOM Design Partner Brian Lee and looks at the library's public art, youth engagement, and community space.
SOM, in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library, the Public Building Commission of Chicago, and Wight & Company, announces the opening of the Chinatown Branch Library, located on Chicago’s Near South Side. The building creates a new civic, educational, and social hub for the neighborhood.
On Thursday, November 5th, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee participated in a Chicago Architecture Biennial panel held by BP and moderated by Geoffrey Baer of WTTW Channel 11. The discussion focused on issues currently facing architecture and design in Chicago.
On October 20, 2015, SOM's Brian Lee will give a presentation at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville. His lecture will reflect on a practice that values innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration, and discuss SOM's recent involvement in the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project.
As part of the “BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago” exhibition during the Chicago Architecture Biennial, SOM will host a Studio Visit at its Chicago office on Monday, October 12, 2015. SOM's Brian Lee will discuss research and speculative projects during the event.
Fast Company Co.Exist highlights SOM’s role in designing AMIE, a 3D-printed enclosure powered by a car. AMIE prompts us to think differently about how cities consume energy, and presents the opportunity to save materials and energy during construction.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) today unveiled a 3D-printed building designed by SOM in collaboration with ORNL researchers. The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration features a building that is powered by a 3D-printed vehicle developed by ORNL.
Brian Lee, SOM Design Partner, will be part of the panel discussion, International Perspectives on Chicago and the Future of Urban Change, on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Involving a diverse group of experts, the discussion will take place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will unveil the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project (AMIE). SOM led the design of AMIE—a 3D-printed high performance enclosure that produces and stores renewable power, and shares energy with a plug-in electric vehicle.
Brian Lee, a SOM Design Partner, will give a lecture at ARCHEWORKS in Chicago on Thursday, September 24, 2015. His talk will reflect on professional practice, integrated high performance, and shared meaning in architecture. The lecture is presented by TU Delft Complex Projects and ARCHEWORKS.
The Chicago Public Library opened its new Chinatown Branch, designed by SOM and Wight & Company. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, SOM's Brian Lee, and members of Chicago's Chinatown community.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently toured the new Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library with SOM Design Partner Brian Lee. Aligning with the Mayor’s principles of “open, accessible and green,” the SOM-designed library stands as a strong example of the positive impact that architecture and design can have on Chicago’s neighborhoods.
SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will present the history of Columbus City Hall on June 11, 2015, as part of programming surrounding the new exhibit “The Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration.”
South Side Weekly takes a thoughtful look at the new Chinatown Public Library in Chicago, designed by SOM and slated for completion this summer. Once open, the library will provide a new civic, educational, and social hub for the city's Chinatown neighborhood.
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for a new Chinatown library branch that would be tailored to its site. The promising proposal, by SOM, calls for a two-story, round-edged building.
SOM Partners William F. Baker and Brian Lee presented "Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall" at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2012 Conference.
SOM leadership converged in Shanghai for the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat 9th World Congress. The event, titled “Asia Ascending: The Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City,” took place from September 19 - 21 at the SOM-designed Jin Mao Tower.
A groundbreaking ceremony will inaugurate the first phase of a 1.4-million square-foot master plan by SOM for The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At a TEDxFARGO event in Fargo, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee will share his design philosophy with interested citizens and notable visionaries who are using their talents to inspire global change.
The 58-story Phase 3B Tower features sleek horizontal bands of canted glass that wrap the square floor plates. The new 280-meter-tall icon will be located immediately northeast of the 74-story, SOM-designed China World Trade Center Tower 3 — one of the tallest buildings in the Chinese capital.
SOM's Poly International Center in Guangzhou, China is a Class-A office park on the Pearl River Delta.
How do you hang one building inside another? More important, why try? Faced with a prominent client and a prominent corner plot on Beijing's Second Ring Road, SOM found a reason — and a way.