At the 2017-2018 China Real Estate Design Awards, SOM received three awards for three projects. Poly International Plaza received the Gold Award, the program's highest honor, with China World Trade Center 3B and Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters receiving Merit Awards.
Three SOM-designed projects are finalists in the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference Awards in Chicago. At the event, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the design teams behind each competing project will present their work to a jury for award selection. Additionally, William F. Baker will chair the "Best Tall Building, Middle East & Africa" session.
Poly International Plaza in Beijing and the India Basin project in San Francisco won Gold and Bronze awards, respectively, in the Spaces Design category of the 11th Annual Spark Awards. The criteria for selecting winners includes inventiveness, durability, and expressiveness.
Two SOM projects have been recognized by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. The Desmond, an adaptive reuse project in downtown Los Angeles, and Poly International Plaza in Beijing both received Awards of Excellence at the association's annual awards ceremony.
In its "Tall Buildings" issue, Architectural Record features Poly International Plaza. The centerpiece of the development, a tower nicknamed the "Diamond Lantern," is recognized for not only its height, but its high-performance facade, continuous exterior diagrid pattern, and cultural resonance.
Three SOM projects won seven Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Professional Project Awards. The award program recognizes exceptional design achievement, with a focus on projects that show an integrated approach to architectural engineering.
In the 2017 Architizer A+Awards, Poly International Plaza in Beijing has won both the Jury Award and the Popular Choice Award in its category. Three additional SOM projects were selected as finalists in this year's competition, which brought in entries from more than 100 countries.
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 has announced four SOM projects as finalists for the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards. One of the most comprehensive awards programs in the world, the A+ Awards feature more than 100 distinct categories and represent projects from more than 100 countries.
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of its 2016 Design Awards, which recognizes innovative design by California-based architects. SOM's The Strand and Poly International Plaza were both honored in the Architecture category.
A dazzling display at Poly International Plaza excited onlookers in Beijing on August 6, 2015. To celebrate Hyundai Capital as the master tenant of the SOM-designed tower, a light show danced across the structurally expressive 31-story building.
SOM is prominently featured in a three-part series in the Chicago Tribune by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. The series examines China's unprecedented wave of urbanization and the unique role that Chicago architects are playing in the country's evolving built environment.
SOM has won a total of eight Spark Awards in the categories of space, transport, and app design. Spark is a community of creative people, bound together by the idea that design can make positive change in the world.
SOM's Poly International Center in Guangzhou, China is a Class-A office park on the Pearl River Delta.