On June 29th, 2020, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the AIA hosted a panel discussion on perspectives and influence for mid-career practitioners as part of its DAC Leadership Series. SOM Partner Laura Ettelman, Directors Yasemin Kologlu and Carrie Moore, and Associates Lindsay Allen, Julia Grabazs, and Maria Palencia shared insight.
In the latest volume of Architecture Philosophy, the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture features an article written by Associate Director Frank Mahan and architectural professional Van Kluytenaar. The two posit a radical shift in theories of historic preservation and adaptive reuse when applied to modernist architecture.
On August 6th, 2020, Director Yasemin Kologlu will participate in "The New Future of the Office." The virtual panel discussion, hosted by SPUR, focuses on the lasting impact that COVID-19 will have on workplace design.
On June 3rd, 2020, our Black colleagues shared the following letter with the SOM community.
Carrie Byles, Laura Ettelman, and Xuan Fu—the first all-woman Executive Committee to lead SOM—discuss their paths in architecture, their goals for the firm, and more with Architect magazine's podcast. Byles was named to the committee in 2016, Fu in 2019, and Ettelman will begin her term on October 1, 2020.
Associate Dawveed Scully has been selected as a 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. This select group of 46 individuals represents a cross-section of professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors.
City Limits features an op-ed by Keith O'Connor, Director of Urban Design and Planning, and Luke Bridle, Associate Director, about the future of transportation in New York City in light of COVID-19. O'Connor and Bridle argue that the pandemic presents the opportunity to imagine a safer, more equitable transportation system.
Architectural Associate Ingedia Sanchez has been elected as president of Arquitectos, a nonprofit organization focused on providing professional development and mentorship for Latinx architects. Sanchez is the first licensed woman architect elected to the position.
What will our streets look like in the next 30 years? On July 23rd, 2020, Associate Director Chris Hall will join City Tech Collaborative for a panel discussion on concepts of future street typologies that reflect emerging mobility trends, technologies, and behaviors.
On July 22nd, 2020, SOM Director of Urban Design and Planning Dan Ringelstein will speak at the Big 5 Digital Festival Africa virtual conference. The event is the first-ever online gathering of the infrastructure and construction community in Africa.
David Sharpe, a former SOM architect and an influential educator, passed away on June 20th, 2020. Sharpe made a lasting impact at SOM and at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he became the first Black professor of architecture and taught for nearly 50 years.
On June 25th , the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) hosted a Virtual Gala unveiling the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, the expansion to the organization’s current headquarters on East 8th Street and Avenue D in Manhattan. The project was designed pro-bono by SOM, and adds 5,000 square feet of new space to the organization’s headquarters.
How are engineers reinventing our world to fight COVID-19? What can engineers do to re-imagine the everyday and make life safer and easier across the globe? Luke Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering, and other leading experts spoke with BBC's global online audience to share their insights and inspire innovation worldwide.
Commercial Observer reports on the new Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, an expansion to the Lower Eastside Girls Club headquarters designed pro-bono by SOM. The space will be devoted to programming for the health of Lower East Side residents of all ages and the community at large.
Director Peter Lefkovits and Associate Director Lori Maas join Rob Cassidy, Executive Editor of Building Design and Construction, on an episode of "The Weekly." Lefkovits and Maas discuss the current state of office and hotel markets and design strategies for maintaining healthy buildings in the age of COVID-19.