Dezeen features School/House, a rapidly deployable modular classroom concept designed by SOM architects and engineers. Inspired by its traditional single-room namesake, School/House addresses urgent needs for social distancing, health, and safety during a pandemic while offering an alternative to existing options for temporary classrooms during school renovations and other times of need.
Created in 2020, the Robert L. Wesley Award supports BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the U.S. The $10,000 award, given to three students, is an unrestricted scholarship that aims to support academic development. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first black partner at SOM.
On September 23rd, 2020 SOM Director Luke Leung will speak as a panelist in "New Approaches to Air And Water." Part of the Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability Symposium, the panel discussion centers on the conservation and responsible use of resources in building design.
The Billie Jean King Main Library has been honored with a 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Award by the American Institute of Architects and American Library Association. The prestigious awards program Given to just four libraries this year, is the only one to recognize entire library structures and all aspects of their design.
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre has been recognized with a total of four awards in the RICS China Awards and CREDAWARD programs. The project, a 530-meter-tall mixed-use tower in China's Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), received awards in Best BIM Application and other categories.
In September, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan, Director and Interior Design Practice Leader Lois Wellwood, and Associate Amy Garlock will join Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine, for DesignBiz on Instagram Live. The designers and Allen will discuss workplace, travel, materiality, post-COVID design, and more.
In an episode of Create the Future: An Engineering Podcast, Consulting Partner Bill Baker talks with host Sue Nelson. The two discuss the Burj Khalifa, the relationships between architecture and structure, the future of engineering, and advice for young engineers entering the field.
ArchDaily shares SOM's design for School/House, a rapidly deployable modular classroom concept designed in response to COVID-19. With high ceilings, enhanced airflow systems, easily sanitized finishes, and other features, each individual School/House offers a healthy learning environment for teachers and students.
On Thursday, September 24th, SOM's Zarmine Nigohos and Roshanak Mostaghim will present at the Future of Mass Timber virtual symposium. Hosted by The Architect's Newspaper, the symposium will spotlight emerging timber technologies and exemplary timber projects across North America, including the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California.
Southeast Asia Building magazine features New Futura in its September/October 2020 issue. The residential complex, located in Singapore's center-city district, comprises two 36-story towers with a bold, curvilinear design that is punctuated by a series of green spaces.
Peter Kindel, Director of SOM's City Design Practice, speaks with Der Standard about the firm's 2019 collaboration with National Geographic on the future of cities. Highlighting the guiding principles of biomorphic urbanism, Kindel describes the city of tomorrow, which prioritizes ecology, social equity, and human connections to nature.
As an advocate for the decarbonization of the built environment, SOM will take part in two event series throughout September 2020 to promote net-zero buildings: World Green Building Week 2020 and CarbonPositive RESET! Teach-In.
South China Morning Post reports on how the pandemic has reoriented priorities for residential design, particularly in the luxury market. SOM Associate Director Frank Mahan discusses SOM's adaptive reuse of the Waldorf Astoria in New York as an example, sharing insight on how the building's history as a hotel has also informed the type of amenities it offers to residents.
The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) has named the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California, a 2020 Award of Merit winner. Awarded projects demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence in structural engineering.
Forbes magazine features One Steuart Lane in an article that highlights SOM's design collaboration with owner Paramount Group and French interior designer Liaigre. The ultra-luxury condominium building topped off in August, and will open to residents in the spring of 2021.