On September 17th, 2019, Ellen Lou participated in a panel discussion during the ULI Fall Meeting at Georgetown University. Titled "Delivering Sustainable Outcomes," the session provided insights on value, risk, investment, and development as related to sustainability.
On September 20th, 2019, senior architectural designer Daniel Inocente will speak at PSW Science in Washington, D.C. Inocente will discuss Moon Village, a project that explores possibilities for lunar architecture and space habitation.
Steven Sobel and Alan Lewis will each lead tours of privately-owned public spaces (POPOS) during the 2019 Architecture + the City Festival in San Francisco. The tour, titled “Diversified Spaces: A POPOS Walking Tour,” will provide participants with insight into the history, design, and impact of downtown San Francisco’s most successful POPOS.
Design Director Sean Ragasa is the featured speaker during the 2019 Modesto Architecture & Design Week. Throughout the festival, more than 5,000 people—both industry professionals and the public—will participate in guided tours, exhibits, workshops, and more.
On September 12th, 2019, William F. Baker will moderate a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue). The event is held in partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Chicago Architecture Center.
On September 19th, SOM will participate in the Women in Architecture 2019 Powerful conference, hosted by AIA Los Angeles. The annual event features keynote speakers and panelists who will share insight on career development, business practices, and more topics in the AEC industry.
In celebration of London Design Festival 2019, "Reflections: The Anatomy of Form" will be on view at the Design Museum in London beginning on September 6th. The exhibition explores the work behind SOM’s structural engineering practice and its integration with architectural design.
On July 23rd, 2019, Dr. Joseph P. Colaco delivered a lecture titled "Stories of the John Hancock," sharing his experiences in the design and construction of one of Chicago’s most recognized towers. Earlier in 2019, Colaco presented his talk at SOM’s Chicago and San Francisco offices.
In August, Director Olin McKenzie will serve as the keynote speaker at the Design Experience Series in New Zealand. McKenzie will discuss how a deeper understanding of urban health and civic cultures can help change how we envision the future of transit hubs.
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.
On July 29th, 2019, the City of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of its new City Hall and Port Headquarters. Located within the recently developed, SOM-designed Long Beach Civic Center, the completed buildings mark a major milestone in the revitalization of downtown.
On July 24th, 2019, SOM hosted the first Big Build Test Day competition in the New York office. To participate, interns collaborated with their peers to design, build, and test a series of towers.
On July 16th, 2019, SOM hosted the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee as part of the "Beyond the Boards" event series. SOM staff members profiled the firm and design process and presented three current projects.
On June 24th, 2019, SOM joined Citigroup to celebrate the official opening of the Town Square, a multistory atrium and amenity space at the financial services company's newly renovated global headquarters in downtown Manhattan. The Town Square helps to create a unified workplace that fosters interaction, collaboration, and innovation.
On June 26th, 2019, SOM hosted a tour of the New York office for students and teachers from the Center for Architecture's Skyscrapers Summer Program. Participants heard presentations from SOM architects, learned about the fundamentals of skyscraper design, and visited the materials library and model shop.