In May, 2019, the SOM Foundation announced the results of the 2019 China Prize. Three winners—Zhu Ziyuan, Jing Qi, and Shen Jie—will each receive a $5,000 fellowship grant created to support the students as they embark on travel research outside of China.
On May 10th, 2019, Peter Lee, Associate Director and senior structural engineer, will serve as a panelist at the National Council of Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (NCSEA) second annual symposium. The event, titled #ChangeXSE3, will take place in San Francisco.
In June, 2019, SOM will participate in the London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival. On Saturdays throughout the month, SOM architects will lead tours of The Straford Hotel & Lofts at Manhattan Loft Gardens.
On April 30th, 2019, the UK Green Building Council launched Advancing Net Zero, an initiative designed to help drive the architecture industry forward in addressing climate change. An accompanying report on net-zero buildings, created by a group on which SOM's Mina Hasman served, was also released.
Construction of the Genesis North Tower was completed in March of 2019. Located in South San Francisco, the 21-story life sciences laboratory building—the tallest of its kind on the West Coast—is prominently located where Highway 101 curves past San Bruno Mountain along the San Francisco Bay.
On April 28th, 2019, Dmitri Jajich, Director of Structural Engineering, will speak at the launch event of the Arabic edition of Skyscrapers. The book was written by author and structural historian Judith Dupré.
Director Peter Kindel will speak at the CityAge: Build the Future conference in Los Angeles on May 16th, 2019. He will present SOM’s recent collaboration with National Geographic magazine on the development of a conceptual future city and the application of these ideas to existing urban environments.
On April 30th, 2019, Dmitri Jajich, Director of Structural Engineering, will speak at the Tall Buildings Conference and Exhibition in London. Jajich will discuss Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-story tower that combines residential and hotel spaces.
On April 24th, 2019, "Beyond the Structure" ("+ Allá de la Estructura") opened in Madrid. Presented in collaboration with Fundación COAM, the exhibition spotlights the integration of SOM’s structural engineering practice with architectural design.
On April 17th, 2019, mechanical engineer Stephen Ray spoke at the Houston chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Ray delivered a presentation titled "21st-Century Tall Building Design."
On Friday, April 26th, Mina Hasman will speak on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of Architectural Educators. The conference, which is currently in its fifth year, focuses on the theme of "Learning Through Practice."
Preetam Biswas will lead a panel discussion at the 2019 ASCE-SEI Structures Congress in Orlando, Florida on April 25th, 2019. He will discuss the upcoming manual of practice titled "Design and Performance of Tall Building Structures for Wind Effects."
From April 22nd through April 27th, SOM will co-host "Wild Mile Week" in celebration of Earth Day. The series of free public events, including workshops and hands-on activities, offers Chicago residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the Chicago River's urban ecosystem.
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.
The 2019 National Planning Conference will take place from April 13th through April 16th in San Francisco. Twelve individuals from various SOM offices will speak on a variety of topics, from designing downtown San Francisco to the future of public spaces.