Brian Lee spoke at Solar Decathlon China, an event that challenges student teams to design full-size, solar-powered houses. At the event in Dezhou, China, he presented on sustainable design and research at SOM, and also led discussions with student and faculty teams.
Luke Leung will chair a session at the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas. His session, titled "Indoor Air Quality in the Airline Industry," will explore the findings of research teams from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Boeing, and Kansas State University.
This holiday, members of the SOM team volunteered at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, preparing and serving meals for those in need. The team toured the center and learned about the organization's mission and its initiatives, and prepared and served a meal for the community.
SOM hosted a final review for students from Northwestern University's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering as a part of an integrated design studio led by Eric Keune, Arathi Gowda, and Christian Hartz, which focused on the design of sacred religious spaces.
SOM architect Michael Archer has been honored with the 2016 Emerging New York Architects Merit Award from the AIA New York Chapter. The award recognizes young architects who are making significant contributions to the profession and community.
Philip Enquist, SOM Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning in Chicago, delivered two lectures In China this month on "Sustainable Urbanization in the 21st Century." The events were held at the Spring City Urban Planning Forum in Jinan and at the Chengdu Forum in Chengdu.
On December 14th, 2016, the SOM project team attended the topping-out ceremony of the Manhattan Loft Gardens residential tower in London. The 42-story building contains a 150-room hotel at the lower levels with a 34-story residential tower above.
On December 8th, 2016, the SOM Women's Initiative hosted a conversation at the New York office with Barnard College President Debora Spar. The event celebrated Barnard's new Teaching and Learning Center and featured short presentations on the design process by members of the project team.
Associate Director Jon Cicconi and Associate Jason Anderson, both senior designers for Moynihan Train Hall, will give a presentation at the AIA New York event "Exploring the New Penn-Farley Complex." The talk takes place on December 5th, 2016 at the Center for Architecture.
SOM's San Francisco office held its first "Bring Your Child to Work Day" last month. Children got to enjoy a series of creative, collaborative activities led by SOM staff, including model-building, and were treated to a first-hand look at the design process.
On December 5th, 2016, SOM Associate Director Benton Johnson will deliver a lecture at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. His talk, titled "Architecture and Structures in the Computational Age," will cover the impact of recent advances in computer-aided design.
Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian will deliver a keynote at the 24th Annual Academic Conference on China High-Rise Building Structural Design in Suzhou on November 30th, 2016. He will be joined by SOM Associates from Chicago and Shanghai along with world's leading scholars on structural engineering and design.
SOM Technical Partner Keith Boswell will deliver a presentation titled "Architectural Glass in Emerging Economies" at Glass Performance Days Cuba. Taking place in Havana on December 6th, 2016, the conference is dedicated to developing the global glass industry through education.
SOM's Hong Kong office participated in the Coastal Cleanup Challenge, a volunteer event on November 19th, 2016. The group picked up plastic trash found on a beach on Lantau Island, making a local impact while raising awareness of environmental challenges facing the region.
SOM took home the 2016 Global Impact Award at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards. Held on November 16th, 2016, the gala celebrated the innovations, visions, and contributions of San Francisco businesses and individuals.