New York, NY: Northeastern University’s School of Architecture has released a new book, Efficiency: An Analytical Approach to Tall Office Buildings, produced in collaboration with SOM. The publication features student research stemming from a graduate studio course led by Gary Haney, SOM Design Partner, and Aybars Asci, SOM Design Director. As Haney and Asci write in the foreword, the collection of work can be read as both the study of efficiency in office tower design as well as the study of efficiency as an overarching architectural concept.
The studio, “An Analytical Framework for Tall Office Towers,” took place during the fall 2013 semester. Several additional experts from SOM contributed to the course, including architects Marta Nowak and Elizabeth Boone, who served as advisors. The book also gives thanks to Mark Sarkisian, SOM Engineering Partner, Teresa Rainey, SOM Director of High Performance Design, Kenneth Lewis, SOM Managing Director, and Benjamin Reich, SOM Architectural Associate.
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