In the fall of 2015, SOM participated in the Advanced Architectural Design – Tall Building Design Studio at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Offered as a senior capstone for undergraduate students and a practice studio for graduate students, the course focuses on the hands-on design of tall buildings, with students in teams of two developing architectural designs for a project site that SOM architects are working on.
In September, ten students visited SOM’s San Francisco offices and their project site. Throughout the fall semester, they received guest lectures from from Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian, Design Partner Leo Chow, Structural Engineer Andrew Krebs, Architect Michael Temple, and Technical Designer Michael Oerth. The student teams presented their building designs for review at various stages; their final review was in December. This spring, the students will submit their designs to the World Student Design Competition for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat among other award programs.
This is the second year in a row that SOM has partnered on the course with Dr Wayne Place, Professor of Architecture at the College of Design. The collaboration extends SOM’s ongoing Integrated Design Studio program, which has been taught at California College of the Arts, California Polytechnic State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. Created by Leo Chow, the studio fully integrates structural engineers as co-instructors into an academic studio that focuses on tall building design.