On September 12th, 2019, William F. Baker will moderate a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue). The event is held in partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Chicago Architecture Center.
On July 23rd, 2019, Dr. Joseph P. Colaco delivered a lecture titled "Stories of the John Hancock," sharing his experiences in the design and construction of one of Chicago’s most recognized towers. Earlier in 2019, Colaco presented his talk at SOM’s Chicago and San Francisco offices.
Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ explores the story behind the design of 875 N. Michigan Avenue, formerly known as John Hancock Center, in the latest episode of Curious City. Led by SOM's Bruce Graham and Fazlur Khan, the building pioneered many new ideas for its time.
On Tuesday, October 2nd, SOM Associate Directors Phil Obayda and Martin Liepmann spoke at the ZAK World of Facades Conference in London. Obayda and Liepmann shared insight on facade design and engineering, exploring the innovative solutions that enable high-rise construction.
Travel + Leisure magazine talks with William F. Baker on Skyscraper Day about his work as an engineer for some of the world's tallest towers. The article spotlights various observation decks, including the SOM-designed Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, and 875 N. Michigan Avenue.
On March 13th, 2018, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck at 875 N. Michigan (formerly John Hancock Center) will unveil SOM's design for the building's second time capsule. Designed to be installed for the next 50 years, the new time capsule will replace the original, which was installed in 1968.
WGN News reports on the opening of a time capsule sealed in 1968 at 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) in Chicago. Design Director Eric Keune shares insight on the SOM-designed building.
Glocal Design Magazine profiles SOM as the lead designer of BBVA’s Bancomer Operations Center in Mexico City. Featuring three examples, the Spanish-language article explores SOM's history as inspiration for the design of the BBVA building.
Google has paid tribute to the late SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan with a Google Doodle on his 88th birthday. The illustration, featured on Google's homepage around the world, depicts Khan with the John Hancock Center—an icon of Chicago and one of his signature achievements.
The Architect's Newspaper reports on "Climbing the Hancock," a recently opened exhibition at the iconic John Hancock Center in Chicago. On display is a personal journal and photographs taken by the building's caisson inspector, "Michigan Pete," during the construction process.
Bisnow publishes five facts about the John Hancock Center in Chicago, the world's first mixed-use tower. Designed by SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan and architect Bruce Graham, the tower's revolutionary structural system paved the way for modern skyscrapers around the world.
Mental Floss profiles former SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan, highlighting how his design for the John Hancock Center revived worldwide interest in building skyscrapers. Proving that high-rise buildings can be both elegant and economical, Khan's structural design still influences supertall projects today.
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.
As Chicago prepares for the upcoming Architecture Biennial which opens later this week, Dezeen features 10 projects that helped make Chicago the birthplace of contemporary American architecture. SOM, founded in Chicago in 1936, has played an important part in contributing to Chicago’s architectural legacy with two seminal projects appearing on the list—the John Hancock Center and the Millennium Park Master Plan—alongside architecture masters Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.
Ahead of a long holiday weekend in the United States, Curbed published its top picks for architectural tourism across the country. SOM's One World Trade Center and John Hancock Center are featured in the guide.
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.
A Chicago-based startup aims to turn the world's most iconic skyscrapers into "huggable highrises." SOM's Willis Tower and John Hancock Center are featured as project prototypes in the Kickstarter launch video.
In his video piece called "Covers," artist and designer Luis Urculo presents iconic buildings constructed of everyday objects. Two landmark SOM buildings are featured: John Hancock Center and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).