In January 2018, the SOM Women's Initiative hosted 27 students for its Winter Internship Week. Designed to provide experience and mentorship to young women pursuing careers in architecture and engineering, the program included site visits, training sessions, and other activities.
SOM Associate Director Arathi Gowda will speak on "Reducing Your Material Footprint" at the January meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. The event centers on how to reduce the material footprint of a building while still improving occupant health.
On January 10th, 2018, SOM Senior Designer Nathan Strieter joined a panel discussion titled "Delivering Greatness: Project Delivery Lessons from the Design and Construction of the Moynihan Train Hall." Panelists spoke about the project's delivery method and the train hall as a whole.
On January 11th, 2018, SOM's San Francisco office will host a panel discussion in partnership with AIA San Francisco and the Judicial Council of California. The goal of the event is to discuss the current portfolio and project objectives of the Judicial Council, and to provide an overview of its upcoming architectural service solicitations.
On January 23rd, 2018, SOM Associate Structural Engineer Kevin Chang will speak at the Second Annual Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) Young Engineers Symposium in Chicago. The event provides a forum for young engineers to engage in discussion and information exchange.
SOM Design Director Eric Keune has co-authored 100 Buildings, a book on the 100 best architectural projects of the twentieth century. Keune wrote 100 Buildings in collaboration with architect Thom Mayne, scholars Val Warke and Andrea Simitch, and The Now Institute at UCLA.
On January 11th, 2018, SOM Associate Director and Technical Designer Thomas Kinzl will speak at the January meeting of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. Kinzl will explore how high performance curtain wall systems can improve building facades.
The winners of the 2017 RIBA President's Medals have been announced, including those students presented with the SOM Foundation's Fellowship Award. SOM's Danielle Fountain received a commendation in the RIBA Silver Medal category.
In December of 2017, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation launched Pioneering Women of American Architecture, a website profiling significant female architects. Three former SOM architects—Natalie Griffin de Blois, Norma Merrick Sklarek, and Patricia Weston Swan—are included.
The University of Missouri honored William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the field. The degree was conferred on December 15th, 2017.
Silas Chiow, Director of SOM's China office, has been elected as vice president of the Shanghai Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Shanghai), effective in 2018. In 2019, Chiow, a co-founder of the chapter, will ascend to the role president.
Contract magazine explores the use of quantifiable data in the design process. SOM Partner Stephen Apking and Associate Director Lois Wellwood, both of whom are based in New York, and Associate Anisa Mohammed, who is based in Washington, D.C., share insight on the use of data in the firm's projects.
On December 6th, 2017, Brian Lee was honored at the HIVE 50 conference. At the event, which centered on a discussion of the future of housing, Lee shared insight on AMIE 1.0, a research and design collaboration that shares energy between a 3D-printed, natural gas–powered vehicle and a 3D-printed building.
On December 5th, 2017, the SOM Women's Initiative hosted a speed mentoring event in SOM's Chicago office. Mentors and mentees from within the firm discussed work-life balance, leadership, professional growth, and other related topics.
A group from SOM's Los Angeles office recently toured the new Santa Monica, California headquarters of Awesomeness, a global multi-platform media company. SOM provided architecture and interior design services for the 78,000-square-foot, two-level space, which is located in the larger Pen Factory.