SOM's San Francisco office took part in the 35th annual Sandcastle Classic—a competition that benefits the educational nonprofit organization Leap. Employees from SOM and other firms teamed up with students from Clarendon Elementary School for the event.
SOM Senior Structural Engineer Benton Johnson will participate in an online forum on steel and timber systems for residential buildings. The free event, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction, takes place on November 17th, 2017.
On November 9th, 2017, Alan Lewis spoke at the Guangzhou International Design Forum in China. The annual event is an opportunity for practitioners to discuss architectural design, sustainable design, and other topics as they relate to the city of Guangzhou.
On November 28th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion on collaborations in art and engineering. The event is the third of a series organized with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," an exhibition produced in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
The SOM Women’s Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for its annual Shadowing Opportunity. Students selected to participate will join design professionals at SOM to gain a first-hand perspective on career paths in the field.
On November 3rd, 2017, Associate Director Marla Gayle spoke at Transportation Forum, an event organized by Professional Women in Construction. Gayle discussed the transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office into Moynihan Train Hall, a state-of-the-art transportation facility.
On November 11th, 2017, SOM's Edward Guerra, Abel Diaz, and Samantha Walker will speak at the Congreso EDIFICA 2017 in Monterrey, Mexico. The group will present their findings from an investigation of structural damage sustained following the Puebla-Morelos earthquake.
On November 10th, 2017, Associate Director Christoph Timm will speak at the X Sisteccer Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an event organized around the theme of "Towards a New Generation of Facades." In his presentation, Timm will discuss both SOM's legacy projects and recent work.
To celebrate cutting-edge digital visualization tools—and the world-famous German festival—SOM's Chicago office organized an Oktoberfest event. Ten teams throughout the office, including sustainable design, urban design, and interiors, came together to demonstrate their latest work.
SOM recently participated in Chairity 2017: Design for a Cause, an event in the San Francisco Bay Area to raise money for the nonprofit Project Color Corps. As part of the fundraiser, 40 architecture and design firms were invited to repurpose a chair with an original design.
On November 14th, 2017, William F. Baker will deliver a keynote presentation at the Structural Engineers World Congress in Cancun, Mexico. Themed "Architectural and Structural Design for Enriching Human Habitats," the event brings together professionals from a broad range of disciplines.
On November 28th, 2017, Design Director Eric Keune will commemorate SOM's 81st anniversary as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Keune will share information on the firm's recent local work and will discuss a selection of international projects that have been informed by that local work.
On November 16th, 2017, Eric Keune will lead a tour of the Elgin Laundry Building for the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The tour of the Bertrand Goldberg building, for which SOM is designing an adaptive reuse project, is part of a field study in Elgin, Illinois.
On November 2nd, 2017, the Travel Channel will air a program called "The Secret Life of America's Tallest Buildings." William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, is featured in the program and shares insight on Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
On November 3rd, 2017, William F. Baker will lecture at Caltech's Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory as part of the Department of Aerospace's colloquium series. Baker will discuss the contributions of leading historical figures in structural engineering, and their applications in the contemporary field.