South by Southwest (SXSW) is holding a public vote to help choose presenters for the 2021 SXSW Online Conference. Vote now for SOM's proposed event, "10 Ideas for Pandemic Design"—a vision for how architecture and urban design can function as an immune system for communities.
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.
Vogue checks in with Design Partner Scott Duncan about the future of airport design for the traveler experience in a post-pandemic world. Duncan's portfolio includes Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Terminal 2, Changi Airport's Terminal 3, and a new satellite terminal for Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Design Partner Scott Duncan has been appointed to the Architecture Industry Seat on the CTBUH Board of Trustees. Prior to his appointment, Duncan was named Chair of the organization's Height and Data Committee, a position he continues to hold, and served on the Advisory Group.
The 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress will take place in Chicago from October 28th through November 2nd. Leadership from various disciplines will guide programs and participate in panel discussions and presentations centered around the skyscraper typology, urban development, and the evolution of the built environment.
The SOM Foundation has announced the second annual SOM Foundaton Research Prize. The awards program, which comprises two $40,000 grants, is designed to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time. This year's topic is "Shrinking our Agricultural Footprint."
For the inaugural Forum event in September 2019, the SOM Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology invite leaders in architecture and engineering to share ideas and research that are reshaping the design field today.
The City of Chicago has named a team led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) to design two new satellite concourses, comprising 1.2 million square feet, at O’Hare International Airport.
On Tuesday, June 25th, Scott Duncan will give a keynote presentation on "Buildings that Breathe" at the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2019. Duncan will discuss how tall buildings can become "sponges," presenting two SOM projects—Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank and WeBank—as case studies.
SOM's Scott Duncan, Julie Michiels, and Adam Semel share some of their favorite things to do in Chicago for Contract's "Insiders' Guide to Chicago." The article rounds up recommendations from design leaders across the city.
On May 1st, 2019, James and Miriam Mulva, joined by Mike Walsh, Mayor of De Pere, Wisconsin, with local civic and cultural leaders, unveiled the inaugural design of the Mulva Cultural Center, a pioneering institution for world-class cultural programming in the Midwest designed by SOM.
In March, 2019 Scott Duncan participated in a design studio jury for a course led by architect Moshe Safdie at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. The semester-long studio challenged students to imagine design options for The 78, a 62-acre site in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled the finalists in a competition to design a new Global Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, including a team led by SOM, with renowned firms Ross Barney Architects and Arup. Public voting for all five submissions is open through January 23rd.
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 25th, SOM and the Skyway Concession Company announced the completion of the restoration of the Chicago Skyway toll plaza canopy. Located on the city’s southern edge, the canopy preserves the structure's original design while incorporating new streamlined sustainability and technology features.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year's event takes place from October 20th to 25th in various venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Design Partner Scott Duncan has been named the new chair of the CTBUH Height and Data Committee. Duncan will lead the committee's decision-making capacities, convene annual meetings, and oversee the diversification and growth of the group into the future.
The Nashville Post reports on the recently released design proposal for One KVB Circle, a mixed-use development in Tennessee's capital city. SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan offers insight on designs for the tower, which would be the first in Nashville to offer 60-foot uninterrupted floorplates.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This year's event takes place October 30–November 3 in various venues in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia.
On October 12th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion in conjunction with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]." The special pop-up exhibition was produced by Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On September 14th, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan will speak at the 2017 Thailand Real Estate Summit in Bangkok. At the summit, Duncan will participate in a "fireside chat" on designing iconic towers in dense urban centers.
On February 6th, 2017, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan will deliver a lecture at the College of Architecture and Design at University of Tennessee. The event is part of SOM's ongoing role as a partner in the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism.
SOM's leadership will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The event takes place in China on October 16–21, 2016, during which SOM will deliver nine presentations on skyscraper and urban design.
SOM's Pertamina Energy Tower is a model of future supertall building design in which sustainability drives the design. Scott Duncan, a Design Partner at SOM, explains how extensive studies of local conditions and building strategies resulted in a design which generates energy and responds to its site.
On October 26 and 27, 2015, SOM leaders from New York, Chicago, and San Francisco will present at CTBUH 2015, the annual international conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This year's conference will address a range of topics under the theme of "Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City."
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has elected two SOM staff to its new leadership. Scott Duncan will serve on the Advisory Group, while Yue Zhu joins the Expert Peer Review Committee.
On Thursday, November 5, 2015, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan will be a featured speaker at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015 in Singapore. As the lead designer of SOM’s Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta, Duncan will present on the innovative design of this project, the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver.
The Partners of SOM are pleased to announce the election of Scott Duncan as a Partner, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the firm. Additionally, three new Directors have been elected: Colin Koop, Adam Semel, and Jed Zimmerman.
Civil Engineering magazine reports on SOM’s project for Kuwait University, which comprises seven administration buildings that form a gateway to the new campus. Designed with heat management in mind, the buildings provide garden environments with shaded spaces for students, faculty, and visitors to meet.
SOM Director Scott Duncan recently presented at the 8th Ultra High-Rise Building Summit in Shanghai. Duncan spoke specifically about Pertamina Energy Tower, a net-zero skyscraper slated to rise in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection recently invited SOM and other leaders from the design, environmental, and business spheres to give expert testimonials at a special hearing on site-sourced and stored renewable energy. The committee sought SOM’s expertise on how a net-zero supertall could potentially be replicated in New York City.
SOM Directors Nicole Dosso and Scott Duncan will serve as jurors for the inaugural International Architecture Awards 2015, organized by International Architecture Podium. Members of the 25-person jury will evaluate projects in 36 different categories, ranging from transport terminals to corporate interiors.
Scott Duncan, SOM Design Director, will join the distinguished jury for this year's Rethinking the Future (RTF) Sustainability Awards. The program, which recognizes outstanding, innovative projects focused on sustainability, will announce award winners on October 15, 2014.
SOM has unveiled a 99-story skyscraper planned for the Rasuna Epicentrum neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia. Designed as a highly sustainable corporate headquarters for a state-owned energy company, the tower aims to become a bold landmark on the city's skyline.
SOM Director Scott Duncan will participate in a panel that will address the pace of development in the Middle East. Duncan will discuss the King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center, a 16,000-square-meter building with a project schedule of only 23 months.