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How SOM Partner Ken Lewis Builds New York City Megaprojects

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As a 12-year-old growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill partner Ken Lewis watched his next-door neighbor, an architect, renovate a "twin" house that was connected to a nearly identical, attached home.


But constructing a synagogue was a far cry from the glass and steel tower Lewis would one day help construct along the edge of Central Park, or the controversial and iconic high-rise he would build to replace the Twin Towers. As a project manager and now one of three managing partners at SOM's New York office (with T.J. Gottesdiener and Laura Ettelman), Lewis has spent his 30-year career overseeing some of the city's most complex developments, from the World Trade Center redevelopment to Hudson Yards.

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