Retired SOM Partner Gordon Lee Wildermuth, FAIA, has passed away at the age of 82. During his career as a managing partner at SOM, Wildermuth produced a body of work that has received worldwide recognition for its exceptional quality and cultural impact.
The first edition of "Building Sounds," a podcast created by London Festival of Architecture, explores the history of Canary Wharf. Daniel Ringelstein speaks about SOM's role in designing the master plan for the district, which has shaped its ongoing development across three decades.
On April 22nd, 2019, Philip Enquist will host a Video Walk focused on the Great Lakes with graphic designer Rick Valicenti. The event is part of Earth Day programming for "Today at Apple," a series of hands-on creative events hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world.
Throughout October, SOM led sketching sessions at Apple Michigan Avenue in Chicago as a part of The Big Draw, a month-long festival of drawing hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world. The sessions offered opportunities for Chicagoans to explore design and engage with their city.
On October 13th, 2018, SOM Director Thomas Hussey will host "Sketch Walks: Millennium Park" at Apple's Michigan Avenue store and Millennium Park in Chicago. The event is part of The Big Draw, a month-long festival of drawing hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world.
The Chicago Tribune reports on Millennium Park being named the top tourist destination in the Midwest region of the United States. Completed in 2004 and based on a master plan by SOM, the park recently received a record number of visitors.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on Millennium Park's new title as the most visited attraction in the Midwest. Based on a master plan by SOM, the park revitalized a neglected downtown site with contemporary public art works, lush gardens, and a pavilion for live music and theater.
On July 8th, SOM's Philip Enquist will present a keynote speech at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners in Québec City. He will discuss SOM's recent work on the Great Lakes Vision, a 100-year plan for the region.
As Chicago prepares for the upcoming Architecture Biennial which opens later this week, Dezeen features 10 projects that helped make Chicago the birthplace of contemporary American architecture. SOM, founded in Chicago in 1936, has played an important part in contributing to Chicago’s architectural legacy with two seminal projects appearing on the list—the John Hancock Center and the Millennium Park Master Plan—alongside architecture masters Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.