In celebration of London Design Festival 2019, "Reflections: The Anatomy of Form" will be on view at the Design Museum in London beginning on September 6th. The exhibition explores the work behind SOM’s structural engineering practice and its integration with architectural design.
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.
In August, Director Olin McKenzie will serve as the keynote speaker at the Design Experience Series in New Zealand. McKenzie will discuss how a deeper understanding of urban health and civic cultures can help change how we envision the future of transit hubs.
For the inaugural Forum event in September 2019, the SOM Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology invite leaders in architecture and engineering to share ideas and research that are reshaping the design field today.
On July 29th, 2019, the City of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of its new City Hall and Port Headquarters. Located within the recently developed, SOM-designed Long Beach Civic Center, the completed buildings mark a major milestone in the revitalization of downtown.
On July 24th, 2019, SOM hosted the first Big Build Test Day competition in the New York office. To participate, interns collaborated with their peers to design, build, and test a series of towers.
On July 16th, 2019, SOM hosted the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee as part of the "Beyond the Boards" event series. SOM staff members profiled the firm and design process and presented three current projects.
On June 24th, 2019, SOM joined Citigroup to celebrate the official opening of the Town Square, a multistory atrium and amenity space at the financial services company's newly renovated global headquarters in downtown Manhattan. The Town Square helps to create a unified workplace that fosters interaction, collaboration, and innovation.
On June 26th, 2019, SOM hosted a tour of the New York office for students and teachers from the Center for Architecture's Skyscrapers Summer Program. Participants heard presentations from SOM architects, learned about the fundamentals of skyscraper design, and visited the materials library and model shop.
On June 27th, 2019, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) formally joined the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. Associate Mina Hasman, a member of the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission and the RIBA Expert Advisory Group of Sustainable Futures, helped inform this motion.
On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, SOM hosted a roundtable discussion with the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) at The New School, in New York City. The event centered on themes of inclusive design, learning ecosystems, and permeability.
On July 19, Philip Enquist will speak on urban design and its role in sustainability at the Santa Fe Institute Sustainability Summer School. The program focuses on cities as complex systems at the forefront of the transition to sustainable human development.
On July 13, Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development of Construction Engineering. He will discuss the engineering innovation behind the design of the Burj Khalifa, as well as new technology in the design and construction of supertall buildings around the world.
Staff members across SOM's offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Dubai gathered together—in person and via simultaneous video feed—to raise a global “Toast to Pride” on Thursday, July 27.
On June 27, 2019, leaders from SOM’s Year One Research Initiative will be presenting at the AIASF NEXT/GEN Conference. The event facilitates discussions about the future of the architecture and design industry.