In July, 2017, SOM's Shanghai office hosted a group of visiting architects as part of an exchange program organized by the Japan Institute of Architects and AIA Shanghai. SOM's Silas Chiow led participants on a tour of three projects designed by the firm.
On May 13th, 2016, SOM team members accepted six awards for five projects at the inaugural China Tall Building Awards. Organized by the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the awards were presented at a ceremony in Shanghai.
SOM has been named as the winner of six China Tall Building Awards. The awards program celebrates the highest caliber of design for skyscrapers in China, honoring projects that promote the advancement of tall buildings and the built environment.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower has been named a Performance Award Finalist by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The building's performance has been actively maintained and improved upon since opening in 1999.
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 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.
At 2 o’clock on May 31st, 2007, a Westerner in a Spiderman costume arrived at the Jin Mao Tower attracting the attention of nearly one thousand people that quickly gathered. To everyone’s astonishment, he began to climb the tower without the assistance of people or equipment.
In March 1999, many Shanghai people came to Lujiazui to see the newly completed Jin Mao Tower. This documentary highlights SOM's unique approach to designing this extraordinary building.