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.
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.
SOM Associate Mina Hasman has been invited to join a new task group launched by UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) that aims to develop a definition of social value for the built environment. An architect and sustainability advocate, Hasman will work alongside leaders from across the building design and development industrires.
On Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd, Associate Director Daniel Cashen and Senior Architectural Designer Daniel Inocente will present at The Festival of BIM and Digital Construction. The festival is the world's largest virtual event for digital construction.
On June 23rd, Dan Ringelstein will speak at ULI Poland's virtual conference, "CLIMATE.CAPITAL.CITIES.PEOPLE: Has COVID-19 Changed the Course?" The event, themed "The City of the Future," is the first of a virtual five-part series hosted by ULI Poland throughout June and July.
FashionUnited speaks with SOM Design Partner Colin Koop and Associate Charles Harris about the firm's design and distribution of PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of April, SOM has donated 5,000 plastic face shields to frontline healthcare workers and care homes across the East Coast.
We have extended our commitment to climate action by joining the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as an Advancing Net Zero partner. In this role, SOM will help drive the development of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which aims to achieve zero carbon built environments by 2050.
On June 18th, Dan Ringelstein will speak at a virtual event hosted by ULI Beijing. The discussion will focus on resilient strategies for city planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 9th, Director Julia Murphy participated in "Tenant Talks," a panel hosted by Commercial Observer. Dino Fusco, Debra Hudnell, and Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, along with Arthur Matuszewski of Better.com and Thea Kruger of Berdon LLP, join Murphy in a discussion on returning to office spaces in New York as the city lifts coronavirus restrictions.
Structure Magazine features SOM's Mark Sarkisian, Eric Long, and David Shook in an article on seismic performance of slender core-only towers. The article showcases SOM's 500 Folsom street in San Francisco as a model of design and engineering for buildings in high-seismic zones.
As architects, designers, and engineers—as human beings—we stand with our Black colleagues, the Black community, and all people of color in the fight for justice and equality. Racism has no place in our culture, and we unequivocally condemn it in all forms. The fabric of our society, the founding promise that all humans are created equal, needs to be restored and it is our responsibility to raise our voices and be part of the solution.
On June 25th, 2020, Graphic Design Manager Nathan Bluestone will participate in San Francisco Design Week. Through two SOM projects, Bluestone will explore the ways in which graphic design can shift people’s perceptions of long-established customs and institutions.
Mechanical Engineering Associate Director Rebecca Delaney has been named to the Nashville Civic Design Center Board of Directors as a Young Leaders Council Intern. The mission of the organization is to elevate the quality of Nashville's built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more functional and beautiful city.