Beginning on June 17th, 2018, a selection of models highlighting the structural engineering of several SOM-designed projects will be shown as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Engineering NRW in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The exhibition is titled "Visionaries and Everyday Heroes: Engineers - Build - Future."
CNN looks back on the impact of the Burj Khalifa and the evolving future of architecture in Dubai. SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker is interviewed regarding the design and engineering innovations of the Burj Khalifa and its continuing influence on the built environment.
Popular Mechanics gives a brief history of skyscrapers through seven pivotal examples of their development and evolution. SOM's Willis Tower and the Burj Khalifa are featured in the list, as is SOM structural engineer Fazlur Kahn for his pioneering role in using the tubular column system.
On September 26th, Luke Leung will deliver a lecture to the Thailand Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Leung will explore a variety of topics, including SOM's sustainability scheme for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
New Atlas dives into the engineering of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest manmade structure, in an interview with SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker. Baker explains the ideas behind his designs for the Dubai building, as well as for projects in other cities.
On September 15th, Ingedia Sanchez will speak at the 2017 AIA Women's Summit in Washington, D.C. An architect based in SOM's Chicago office, Sanchez has led the technical designs for numerous tall and supertall towers around the world.
The Wall Street Journal interviews SOM Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis in an article highlighting the technological advances in elevators in high-rise residential buildings. Lewis discusses how the elevator and stairs—"the backbone of a super-tall building"—determine how the building will be constructed.
For its 125th anniversary issue, Architectural Record names the top 125 buildings built since the magazine's founding in 1891. Three SOM projects were honored: Lever House, Cathedral of Christ The Light, and Burj Khalifa.
SOM Director Luke Leung will present about the Burj Khalifa at the September meeting of the Montreal Chapter of ASHRAE. Leung will discuss the design of the tower and its role in shaping the future of urban design.
In a new article, BBC Future asks if today's skyscrapers will outlast the Egyptian pyramids. William F. Baker, engineer of the Burj Khalifa and SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, contributes his expert opinion on how skyscrapers can be designed and maintained to last forever.
Architectural Digest looks back on the iconic work of SOM through a dozen projects, from the 1950s to today, including several of the most renowned skyscrapers. The article also mentions how the firm has nurtured the careers of many great architects throughout its history.
Industrial Prime interviews SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker at SOM's Chicago office. The article relates Baker's engineering career, from his roots in a small town to engineering the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
CNN spotlights two SOM-designed towers—One World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa—in an article that explores the human tendency to build to ever-greater heights. The article traces the history of tall buildings, from the Great Pyramids to the record-breaking high-rises of the 21st century.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker recently spoke in a panel discussion at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as a part of its annual Engineering Season. The event was hosted and broadcast by the BBC World Service in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
On May 12th, 2016, SOM Director Eric Tomich will present at the Architects Talk series organized by RIBA in Shanghai. Tomich will speak about the design and engineering challenges faced in creating the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building.
In connection with his H.C. Ørsted lecture at the Technical University of Denmark, William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, was interviewed about his innovative research and achievements gained as the engineer for the Burj Khalifa.
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.
William F. Baker, SOM Civil and Structural Engineering Partner, speaks to Curbed on the engineering challenges of building ever taller and leaner skyscrapers. Often constructed on small footprints, these supertall structures utilize the latest technical advances in concrete and wind testing.
Popular Science takes a closer look at the high performance glass used for supertall towers, including SOM’s One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa. In the article, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker describes the powerful atmospheric forces that designers must consider when building tall.
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) honored 16 SOM structural projects at its annual awards dinner on June 6, 2015. These awards in part reflect the purpose of the SEAOI: to advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the public.
Two experts on tall buildings, William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, and Kenneth A. Lewis, SOM Managing Partner, recently spoke with architecture critic Justin Davidson about the feasibility of mile-high structures. Their thoughts on the future of supertalls appear in this week’s New York Magazine.
The Washington Post shares a series of graphics about the tallest buildings in history. Produced by artist Martin Vargic, the charts feature SOM's Burj Khalifa, John Hancock Center, One World Trade Center, and Willis Tower.
SOM’s tallest towers are spotlighted in the Skyscraper Museum’s recently opened exhibition titled “TEN TOPS.” The show focuses on 24 towers around the world that are 100 stories tall or higher, a group of exceptional structures that includes four SOM-designed buildings.
George Efstathiou, SOM Consulting Partner, has been included on the annual “Middle East Architect Power List" compiled by designMena. The ranking features 10 international architects who have made a significant impact on the region.
Guinness World Records has bestowed eight titles upon the Burj Khalifa, including World’s Tallest Building. In recognition of the organization’s 60th year, Guinness has released a video series that celebrates the most notable record-breakers in its history, including the 828-meter-tall skyscraper, designed by SOM.
SOM has received three Design Awards from the AIA International Region. The awards program, now in its first year, recognized the Burj Khalifa, The Park Hyderabad, and the Baietan Urban Design Master Plan.
SOM has received five 2014 Design Awards from the Middle East Chapter of the AIA, more than any other firm this year. SOM projects received the Design Award, the highest honor, across four categories, as well as one Merit Award.
For National Skyscraper Day in the United States, the Guinness Book of World Records shines the spotlight on eight titles held by the Burj Khalifa. Designed by SOM, the megatall building is the tallest building on Earth.
The Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center are featured in a roundup of the world's tallest skyscrapers. The story was published in recognition of National Skyscraper Day.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented SOM with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
Three experts from SOM wrote about the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower in a new book,“Tall and Supertall Buildings: Planning and Design.” Emblems of their respective eras, these structures represent enormous milestones in both the history of SOM and the planning and design of supertall buildings.
Metropolis magazine shines the spotlight on SOM's engineering practice in Chicago, led by Partner William F. Baker, in its March 2014 issue. Writes the author: "Baker’s team is a multidisciplinary crew that strives to work as a single organic entity."
SOM Director Luke Leung has been named Chairman of the ASHRAE Tall Building Technical Committee, effective this June. He has also been named an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
SOM has been selected as one of 21 U.S. businesses to join Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on her Middle East Trade Mission from March 8 – 14, 2014. SOM Director Thomas Behr and Associate Director Brett Taylor will represent the firm and participate in a series of meetings with government and industry leaders.
SOM's Burj Khalifa and Cayan Tower are featured in an exhibition now on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Called "Arab Contemporary: Architecture, Culture, and Identity," the show examines commonalities within the visual culture of the Arab world.
William F. Baker, SOM Partner in Charge of Structural and Civil Engineering, speaks about the structural engineering of the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
SOM is the undisputed leader in skyscraper design, and, at least on the engineering side, Bill Baker is its undisputed king. In the past 30 years, he has overseen or worked on six of the world’s 15 tallest buildings.
SOM Director Eric Tomich will present "Inside Burj Khalifa: Static and Architectural Considerations for the Design of Tall Structures" at the Advanced Building Materials Middle East Conference.
SOM Partner William F. Baker is renowned for his work on supertall buildings and is perhaps best known as the engineer of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Baker has been named a member of the National Academy of Construction, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the American construction industry.
The Burj Khalifa interior has been kept under wraps. SOM Associate Director Nada Andric spent the last seven years working on these spaces, and they're now ready for their moment in the spotlight.
The Burj Khalifa wins top award for Commercial or Retail Structure at the 2010 Structural Awards.
After years of speculation, the Burj Dubai has officially been revealed as the world's tallest building. The record-breaking tower stands at 828 meters.
As the world's tallest building, Burj Dubai has also been the site of many construction "firsts." One of these firsts is a water collection system that recovers condensation from the building's cooling equipment.
With services risers running the full 600-meter height of the building, designing MEP systems to serve the Burj Dubai has been no simple task.
William F. Baker, SOM Partner in Charge of Structural and Civil Engineering, speaks about the innovative form and structural system of the Burj Khalifa — currently the world's tallest free-standing structure.