On June 7th, 2018, a group of high school students at the School of Design and Construction led by SOM professionals competed in the Iron Designer Challenge in New York City. After designing and building a structure in front of a live audience, the team won the top prize.
SOM will participate in more than 20 events at this year's AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The conference, which features approximately 70 educational and networking events, includes seminars, workshops, and a two-day Architecture Expo at the Javits Center.
James Kirkpatrick has joined SOM’s City Design Practice as the Regional Practice Leader for Southeast Asia. Trained in architecture and landscape architecture, Kirkpatrick brings 17 years of global experience to SOM and is based in Hong Kong.
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Chicago has named SOM senior urban designer Dawveed Scully as the winner of its 2018 Young Visionary Award. Trained as an architect and urbanist, Scully is passionate about design as a tool for empowerment, engagement, and equity.
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 & Development Summit Midwest in Chicago. Baker will join a panel discussion titled "Office Investor Outlook: Catching Tomorrow’s Tailwinds."
Associate Director Lori Maas is featured in a Metropolis article that surveys various design professionals for their perspectives on the future of the workplace. The article explores changes in workplace design, and examines what current trends indicate for the future.
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.
Director of Urban Design and Planning Peter J. Kindel has relocated to SOM's San Francisco office from Hong Kong. In his new location, Kindel will lead the expansion of the firm's City Design Practice studios in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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.
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.
In its May issue, Architect Magazine features SOM Associate Director Julia Murphy as one of ten designers working towards equity in architecture. Murphy speaks to her work on the SOM Women's Initiative, which she helped to relaunch in 2010.