SOM architect Kat Park and senior engineer Samantha Walker participated in the 2018 Smartgeometry Workshop and Conference. The two developed and led a session, titled "Fresh Eyes," with Adam Menges of Lobe and Kyle Steinfeld from UC Berkeley.
On Thursday, June 21st, SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the BisNow Office Leasing and Development Summit Midwest in Chicago. Baker will join a panel discussion titled "Megadevelopments and the Amazon Effect."
On June 30th, 2018, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and SOM will open "Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture." The exhibition in Los Angeles celebrates the interconnected qualities of architecture, engineering, and the visual arts.
SOM Director Daniel Ringelstein will deliver the keynote address at an event hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin on June 11th, 2018. The leader of the City Design Practice in SOM's London office, Ringelstein will discuss electrification and sustainability in urban design and planning.
During the summer of 2018, SOM will host a series of panel discussions inspired by The Future of Public Space, the second volume of SOM Thinkers. The events, co-sponsored by NextCity, will take place in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Beginning on June 17th, 2018, a selection of models highlighting the structural engineering of several SOM-designed projects will be shown as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Engineering NRW in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The exhibition is titled "Visionaries and Everyday Heroes: Engineers - Build - Future."
On May 9th, 2018, SOM's Nicolas Medrano and Vram Malek spoke about high performance design at the Explore Islands Philippines expo. The event was a four-day tourism and investment expo held at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan.
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.
For the second year, SOM led a team of high school students participating in the ACE Mentor Program of America. In collaboration with Sciame and Atelier 10, SOM hosted weekly meetings and designed a curriculum for the students, who presented their final design project at Columbia Univeristy on May 1st.
The University Center at The New School will be featured in "The School of Athens" exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. On view in the national pavilion of Greece, the show will explore the architecture of academic commons throughout history, from Ancient Greece to the present day.
On Wednesday, June 6th, SOM Director Ame Engelhart will moderate a discussion at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific Summit. At the event, Engelhart and other speakers will examine inequality, segregation, and economic accessibility in cities.
A new exhibition in Venice features SOM's groundbreaking work in architecture and structural engineering. Presented at the European Cultural Centre, "Time Space Existence" is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
On May 24th, 2018, SOM architects will lead a tour of The Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, California for the American Institute of Architects and the public. The boutique hotel, located on the iconic Sunset Strip, includes an exterior art installation by Janet Echelman.
On April 28th, 2018, nearly 30 employees from SOM's Chicago office participated in National Rebuilding Day with Rebuilding Together's Metro Chicago chapter. The SOM team volunteered in the city's West Garfield Park neighborhood.
SOM Technical Director Lucas Tryggestad and Architectural Design Professional Kyle Vansice will speak at Building Design + Construction's Accelerate Live conference on May 10th, 2018. The two will discuss how data and digital fabrication are inspiring new innovations in design.