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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Appoints New Directors

Congratulations to our new Directors: (clockwise from top left) Dmitri Jajich, Carrie Moore, Joseph Ruocco, Yue Zhu, and Eric Van Epps. Image © SOM

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dmitri Jajich, Carrie Moore, Joseph Ruocco, Eric Van Epps, and Yue Zhu as Directors, effective October 1st, 2017, in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the firm.

Dmitri Jajich, CEng MIStructE, SE, PE, Director
Dmitri Jajich is a senior structural engineer based in SOM’s London office. Jajich works in close collaboration with the entire design team to develop structural solutions that are at once appropriate, efficient, practical, and buildable. Jajich’s expertise includes the design of high-rise residential, and multi-use structures, in addition to transportation and cultural projects. Jajich has expertise in a range of materials—steel, concrete, wood, and glass—and his work is characterized by elegantly integrated structural designs that emphasize clear structural expression and carefully crafted details.

Carrie Moore, AIA, Director
Carrie Moore is based in SOM’s New York office. Since joining the firm in 2004, Moore has honed her skills in developing innovative sustainable designs and has demonstrated leadership and expertise within the education sector. Moore has worked on some of SOM’s most dynamic and transformative projects, including The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground—the first net-zero energy school in New York City, and the recently opened Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island.

Joseph Ruocco, AIA, Director
Joe Ruocco is based in SOM’s Washington, D.C. office. He is responsible for leading our civic and government practice, and fostering relationships with our federal and international clientele. He has worked on numerous large scale and complex government and commercial projects in the U.S. and around the world. With 35 years of diverse experience, Ruocco began his career with SOM and then rejoined the firm in 2002. Ruocco is currently leading the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Headquarters project and the Montgomery County New Justice Center project in Pennsylvania.

Eric Van Epps, AIA, Director
Since joining SOM’s New York office in 1994, Eric Van Epps has worked on a diverse range of projects, including corporate and commercial offices, tall buildings, mixed use buildings, and aviation projects. He has been involved in several of the firm’s landmark projects including the Time Warner Center in New York and Al Hamra, the tallest tower in Kuwait City. Van Epps has served as the senior technical designer on multiple projects in India, the Middle East, and China, including the Park Hotel in Hyderabad, the KAFD Conference Center in Saudi Arabia, and the Shenzhen Rural Bank in Shenzhen.

Yue Zhu, AIA, Director
Yue Zhu is a senior technical designer in SOM’s Chicago office with more than 20 years of experience in technical, architectural, sustainable, high performance, and urban design across a variety of building typologies. Zhu’s leadership approach reinforces SOM’s commitment to an integrated multidisciplinary project delivery process. He has participated in the design and construction of commercial and civic buildings in North America, Europe, and Asia and has extensive experience working on large-scale mixed-use projects. Zhu works primarily with SOM’s China practice, leading technical design strategy in multiple cities across the country.

In addition to the above promotions, 63 new Associate Directors and Associates have been appointed.

Associate Directors
Lucas Bridle (New York), Christian Callaghan (New York), Lesley Campbell (New York), Joseph Chase (New York), Jin Chen (Chicago), Ryan Culligan (Chicago), Rebecca Delaney (Chicago), Saul Hayutin (New York), Jeffrey Keileh (San Francisco), Martin Liepmann (London), Zhaofan Li (Shanghai), Uwe Nienstedt (Dubai), Nicolas Medrano (New York), Phil Obayda (London), Gabriele Pascolini (London), Kirtan Patel (New York), Georgi Petrov (New York), Katherine Pink (London), Scott Steffes (Chicago), Alexandra Thewis (New York), Gayle Tsern Strang (San Francisco), Philip Wessell (Washington, D.C.), Jihu Zheng (Chicago), YinYing Zhou (Shanghai)

Rami Abou-Khalil (New York), Laura Cavichioli (Chicago), Angela Caviezel (New York), Scott Cherney (Chicago), Drew Cowdrey (New York), James Diewald (Los Angeles), Karen Drozda (San Francisco), Qinghua Fan (Shanghai), Christopher Hall (Chicago), Mina Hasman (London), Jonathan Hayes (London), Ming Hu (Shanghai), Samuel Jiang (Chicago), Michael Jividen (Chicago), Alice Kao (Chicago), Linette Kilbourn (Washington, D.C.), Brian Kleiver (Dubai), Dal-Ho Lee (New York), Goldy Lee (Los Angeles), Jae Young Lee (New York), Zhihang Luo (Hong Kong), Vram Malek (New York), Corey McCormack (New York), Anisa Mohammed (Washington, D.C.), Jarrad Morgan (New York), Ojiakor Obinani (New York), Maria Palencia (Chicago), Scott Phillips (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Pierce (New York), Garth Ramsey (Los Angeles), Jorge Rovira (Chicago), Ingedia Sanchez (Chicago), Elizabeth Sennott (New York), Dickson Whitney (Chicago), Max Wolf (New York), Chi Ying Shen (New York), Caroline Yu (New York), Jonathan Zee (Chicago), Jing Zhuang (New York)

About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Since its founding more than 80 years ago, SOM has earned a reputation for design excellence with a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with nearly 2,000 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, and Mumbai.