SOM Partner Mark Sarkisian has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering–a nonprofit institution that aims to support and recognize significant achievements in engineering.
New regional practice leader to grow SOM’s business and build on multi-decade history in China
This year, the Jin Mao Tower, China's first supertall building, celebrates its 20th year of operation. With a name that means "golden prosperity" in Chinese, the iconic tower continues to influence skyscraper design globally.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower was honored with the inaugural Hudec Architectural Culture Award on October 27th, 2018. The tallest building in China at the time of its completion, Jin Mao's design echoes the form of the ancient Chinese pagoda and remains a leading model of skyscraper design in the country.
In July, 2017, SOM's Shanghai office hosted a group of visiting architects as part of an exchange program organized by the Japan Institute of Architects and AIA Shanghai. SOM's Silas Chiow led participants on a tour of three projects designed by the firm.
On May 13th, 2016, SOM team members accepted six awards for five projects at the inaugural China Tall Building Awards. Organized by the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the awards were presented at a ceremony in Shanghai.
SOM has been named as the winner of six China Tall Building Awards. The awards program celebrates the highest caliber of design for skyscrapers in China, honoring projects that promote the advancement of tall buildings and the built environment.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower has been named a Performance Award Finalist by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The building's performance has been actively maintained and improved upon since opening in 1999.
SOM is prominently featured in a three-part series in the Chicago Tribune by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. The series examines China's unprecedented wave of urbanization and the unique role that Chicago architects are playing in the country's evolving built environment.