Senior urban designer Tiara Hughes has been appointed to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The commission is responsible for recommending buildings, structures, sites, and districts for legal protection as official Chicago landmarks.
Consultatio Real Estate and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) released the designs for Catalinas Rio, a waterfront office building in Buenos Aires' Catalinas Norte business district expansion. With retail, public greenspace, and two intertwined trapezoidal towers joined by skybridges and green terraces, the project will create a new, vibrant identity for the district and city skyline.
On Tuesday, October 22nd, Urban Design and Planning Director Peter Kindel will speak during the 2019 FuturePlace conference in Miami Beach. During a session titled “Cities of the Future – The Promise and Possibility,” Kindel will share insights from SOM’s Cities of the Future project.
On Friday, October 11th, senior architectural designer Daniel Inocente will speak at New Scientist Live 2019, an award-winning science festival in London. In a presentation titled "Welcome to Lunarville," Inocente will discuss Moon Village, SOM's concept for the first permanent human settlement on the moon.
On October 8th, 2019, Associate Roger Weber will speak at the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). On October 11th, Weber will present at APA North Carolina's 2019 North Carolina Planning Conference.
From October 16th through October 20th, 2019, SOM will participate in the 47th annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference and Exposition in Brooklyn, New York. The annual event brings together architects, urban designers, community activists, and design students to discuss issues of inclusivity in architecture, mentoring and leadership by underrepresented groups, and design achievements in the past year.
On September 26th, 2019, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre officially opened to the public, securing its position as the eighth tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest in China. The 530-meter-tall tower was designed to LEED® Gold standards, with sustainable strategies including a high-performance envelope, optimized daylighting, and green landscaping.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill welcomes Rob DeMillo as the company’s first Chief Technology Officer. The appointment of DeMillo, a leader in software and technology development, puts the 83-year-old firm at the forefront of design and engineering within the digital space.
Originally designed in the early 1960s by architects Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Antonio Fornaroli, the Corso Italia 23 complex in the heart of Milan will be transformed from an insular single-tenant headquarters into a vibrant office campus that represents the future of the workplace.
The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) are pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Directors, effective October 1, 2019: Preetam Biswas, Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Lonny Israel, Benton Johnson, Joyce Lam, Aaron Mazeika, and Keith O'Connor.
Commercial Observer has named SOM senior architectural professional Julia Grabazs one of 20 young architects, engineers, and contractors under 35. Grabazs, based in the New York office, has a portfolio that includes The Milstein Center at Barnard College and the Wellesley College Science Center renovation and expansion.
The SOM Foundation has announced the second annual SOM Research Prize. The awards program, which comprises two $40,000 grants, is designed to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time. This year's topic is "Shrinking our Agricultural Footprint."
Chicago television station WTTW interviews William Baker about the John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue) in honor of the iconic tower's 50th anniversary. The Chicago Architecture Center's Kathy Kulick; Bill Casey, 875 North Michigan's chief engineer; and Nichole Williamson, the general manager of the building's observation deck, are also featured.
In September 2019, Associate Director of Structural Engineering Aaron Mazeika will speak at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania. Mazeika will present a lecture titled "Environmentally Conscious Structural Design of High-Rise Towers."
On September 21st, 2019, the City of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of the new Billie Jean King Main Library. The project marks the third building to be completed as part of the larger Long Beach Civic Center development.