Last month, SOM staff in the San Francisco office participated in the office's first Bring Your Child to Work Day. The team came together to create five hours of unique activities for the children to enjoy, including coloring, puzzle building, a magic show, and face painting, as well as story time with design researcher Maude Baggetto and a yoga session with receptionist Meinani Villareal.
The children also learned about the process of designing buildings from conception to completion with a presentation by structural engineer David Shook. The day ended with an office tour, led by designers Jeff Miner, Blaise Cannon, and Shulei Weng, of the many model displays and studio areas in the office.
Miniature corrugated cardboard models of iconic SOM buildings were also created for the kids to construct and take home. They included Alcoa Building, Crown Zellerbach Headquarters, Lever House, U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Willis Tower, and Shaklee Terraces (where the office is located). Each model was laser-cut and etched as a set of two-dimensional pieces that could be assembled together without glue.
Bring Your Child to Work Day was sponsored by the SOM Women's Initiative as part of an effort to provide more workplace flexibility and interaction, and foster work-life balance. With this first event a great success, the Women's Initiative looks forward to continuing the program in the years to come.
The SOM Women's Initiative was established in 2011 to cultivate and promote the continued development and success of women at SOM and within the design disciplines. SOMWI aims to encourage a sense of community and professional support within the firm through various mentoring programs, workshops, and internal networks.