On January 26th, 2018, SOM Associate Director Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa will speak at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She will join a panel titled "The Physical Environment as a Key Element in Achieving 21st Century Learning Goals."
On October 25th, 2017, William Baker and Mark Sarkisian will speak at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The lecture coincides with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," a pop-up exhibition presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On October 12th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion in conjunction with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]." The special pop-up exhibition was produced by Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On September 21st and 23rd, 2017, SOM Design Partner Leo Chow and Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian will conduct a series of lectures in China. The two will speak at the 4th US-China Tall Buildings Symposium and Chongqing University.
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.
On June 7th, 2017, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will deliver a lecture at AIT ArchitekturSalon in Hamburg, Germany. The event coincides with the opening of "The Engineering of Architecture," a traveling exhibition that explores SOM’s decades-long history of structural engineering.
Structure magazine features a piece on Poly International Plaza in Beijing. Written by the project's structural engineering team, which was led by SOM Partner Mark Sarkisian, the article details the many design elements of the elliptically-shaped building.
Architizer interviews SOM Structural Engineering Partners Mark Sarkisian and William F. Baker on the relationship between engineering and architecture. They discuss how structural innovations—and the modelmaking and testing that go into realizing them—respond to the context of each project.
Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian will deliver a keynote at the 24th Annual Academic Conference on China High-Rise Building Structural Design in Suzhou on November 30th, 2016. He will be joined by SOM Associates from Chicago and Shanghai along with world's leading scholars on structural engineering and design.
On October 28th, 2016, Mark Sarkisian, Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner in SOM's San Francisco office, will give a lecture to students and faculty of the engineering department at Tongji University in Shanghai, one of China's leading universities.
On October 14th, 2016, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will speak at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. The lecture conincides with the opening of the exhibition "Sky's the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture," on view at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark.
"Sky's the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture" opens this October at the world-renowned Utzon Center, in Aalborg, Denmark. The exhibition includes structural models of 26 SOM projects around the world, providing an in-depth look into the firm's engineering practice.
On July 14th, 2016, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Board of Trustees, named SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian a CTBUH Fellow for 2016. The award recognizes his contribution to the Council and his sharing of knowledge in tall buildings.
In May 2016, SOM Partner Mark Sarkisian lectured at universities in Paris and Madrid on the evolution of new ideas in architecture and engineering. His talks focused on holistic building design concepts that address the environmental challenges of the future.
Routledge has published the second edition of "Designing Tall Buildings: Structure as Architecture," written by SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian. The book is an essential, accessible reference guide for architecture and engineering students and professionals.
Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, will speak at Purdue University on March 22nd, 2016. His lecture, “Concept Design of Structures for a New Architecture,” will focus on how principles of simplicity, structural clarity, and sustainability lead to the creation of environmentally responsible buildings.
Organized by Stanford University with SOM and the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings, the Third U.S.-China Tall Buildings Symposium will take place on Friday, April 22nd, at Stanford University. The event will cover topics relevant to the current challenges and opportunities faced by tall building planning, design, and construction.
From January 19th to March 4th, 2016, the work of SOM's structural engineering practice will be on display in an exhibition at Architekturgalerie Munich. "The Engineering of Architecture" will showcase the firm's history of research, design, and realization of cutting-edge projects.
This past fall, SOM worked with students from the North Carolina State University’s College of Design on an Advanced Architectural Design – Tall Building Design Studio. It's the second time SOM has partnered with the studio, extending the firm's ongoing Integrated Design Studio program.
On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, SOM Technical Partner Keith Boswell and Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian will speak at the Second Sino-U.S. Symposium on Tall Buildings in Shanghai. Some of the most influential Chinese architects and structural engineers on tall buildings will gather at the event to exchange ideas with their U.S. counterparts.
On October 26 and 27, 2015, SOM leaders from New York, Chicago, and San Francisco will present at CTBUH 2015, the annual international conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This year's conference will address a range of topics under the theme of "Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City."
Engineering News-Record features the complex structural steel hat truss that allows the 10-story tower of the 240-foot-tall New United States Courthouse to appear to hover over downtown Los Angeles. The innovative structural engineering concept makes the courthouse one of the nation’s safest buildings.
At its annual meeting next month, the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) will present its 2015 H.J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award to SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian. The organization also will elevate Peter Lee, SOM Associate Director and Senior Structural Engineer, to the grade of SEAONC fellow.
Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, will speak at the Southern Illinois University School of Architecture on April 1, 2015. Sarkisian will present about creatively integrating structural engineering and architecture, as well as creating tall towers that achieve design excellence through collaboration.
On February 2 and 3, 2015, Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, will visit the University of Naples to present at Erasmus Mundus, a program organized by the European Union to enhance the quality of higher education in Europe and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures.
Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, will visit the University of Alcalá in Madrid on February 5, 2015. There, Sarkisian will lead a workshop entitled “Efficient Structures Inspired by Nature” and will give a related lecture.
Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, has received the prestigious Fazlur Rahman Khan Life-Cycle Civil Engineering Medal. The honor was bestowed upon Sarkisian on November 18, 2014, at the Fourth International Symposium of Life-Cycle Civil Engineering in Tokyo.
Gary Haney, SOM Design Partner, and Aybars Asci, SOM Design Director, are currently leading two courses about supertall buildings at Pratt Institute. Throughout the semester, Haney and Asci are joined by fellow SOM experts who serve as guest lecturers and critics.
On September 18, 2014, three experts from SOM presented at a symposium on tall buildings held by Tongji University's College of Civil Engineering in Shanghai. Each speaker touched on a different component of the design, development, and construction of tall buildings.
Three SOM leaders will present at the CTBUH Shanghai Conference, “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.” This year, the three-day event will feature panels, speakers, and workshops that examine how tall buildings can be more sustainably designed by considering the city as a whole.
Mark Sarkisian, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, will be a keynote speaker at the 39th Conference on Our World in Concrete & Structures. Sarkisian's keynote will focus on innovative opportunities that arise when reinforced concrete is augmented by structural steel.
Gary Haney, SOM Design Partner, and Aybars Asci, SOM Design Director, recently led a course at the Northeastern University School of Architecture. The students of the graduate research studio, titled “An Analytical Framework for Tall Office Towers,” produced a volume of work that was published by the university.
SOM Partner Mark Sarkisian delivered a lecture at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Germany on December 5, 2013. During his presentation, Sarkisian spoke about designing structures in the face of climate change, examined the collaborative relationship between buildings and cities, and explored projects that blur the line between structure, architecture, urban planning, and the environment.
In this lecture, SOM Director Mark Sarkisian discusses the significance of the building and its integral part of a larger urban context.
Al Hamra Tower provided a diverse array of topics for SOM designers Aybars Asci and Mark Sarkisian to discuss during a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat symposium.