John Lund Kriken and Ellen Lou, with Tim Culvahouse of the American Institute of Architects, collaborated on a book titled "Building Saigon South: Sustainable Lessons for a Livable Future." The book centers on the SOM-designed master plan for the Saigon South district of Ho Chi Minh City.
Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning at SOM's San Francisco office, will participate in the lecture series "Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism." Organized by the advocacy group Equity by Design, the event takes place in Berkeley, California on September 22nd, 2016.
Ellen Lou, SOM Director of Urban Design + Planning, and Allison Albericci, SOM Associate, will present at "Rooted in AuthentiCITY," the 2015 American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter Conference. Their presentations will take place during the morning session on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
On July 22, 2015, Ellen Lou, SOM Director of Urban Design and Planning, and Lucy Ling, SOM Associate Director, will give a lecture at China's Tenth Annual Conference on Urban Development and Planning Conference in Guangzhou. There, Lou and Ling will discuss how urban design can balance socioeconomic development with healthy ecological objectives highlighting SOM’s Baietan Urban Design Master Plan as a case study.
From May 19 – 25, 2014, leaders from SOM's global City Design Practice will visit six cities in China to meet with colleagues and planning students. The goal of the tour is to present and exchange ideas for designing livable and sustainable cities in the 21st century.
SOM's master plan for Nanhu Country Village was awarded the inaugural "Prize for Cities of the Future" by the Paulson Institute and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. The award recognizes the plan as a role model for ecological development.
Climate One talks to Ellen Lou, SOM Director of Urban Design and Planning, on what can be learned from China's rapid growth, both in the clean tech sector and as a country.
The American Institute of Architects announced today that the Nanhu Country Village Master Plan, a model for future development in rural China designed by SOM and a consultant team, has received a 2013 National Honor Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding achievements in the profession.
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.
SOM's Jeffery J. McCarthy, Keith Boswell, and Ellen Lou — leaders from the Chicago and San Francisco offices — have been elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects for their significant contributions to the profession.