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.
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.
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.
How can the design community build a better future? On May 26th, 2020, SOM Design Director Kim Van Holsbeke joined ArchDaily and LifeCycles2020 with Henning Larsen's Jacob Kurek and UNStudio's Arjan Dingste for a virtual panel titled, "The Future of Our Cities."
Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune reports on the adaptive reuse of the Cook County Hospital. SOM is partnering with the Murphy Development Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; Walsh Investors; MB Real Estate; the Plenary Group; Granite Cos; and KOO to revitalize the 1916 building into a hotel, food hall, and office space.
CityLab interviews SOM Director and Aviation Practice Leader Derek Moore. Moore shares insight on the rapid rate of obsolescence in airport architecture as well as on the design changes that may help future-proof airports against COVID-19 and other challenges.
The Straits Times reports on steps workplaces are taking to adjust to COVID-19, both in the near term and in the future. Guoco Tower is highlighted as a primary example for its advanced mechanical equipment and sustainability strategies.
Vogue checks in with Design Partner Scott Duncan about the future of airport design for the traveler experience in a post-pandemic world. Duncan's portfolio includes Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Terminal 2, Changi Airport's Terminal 3, and a new satellite terminal for Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
As cities begin to loosen stay-at-home orders, companies are preparing for a new workplace reality. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks with SOM's Olin McKenzie and Julia Murphy about the transition to working from home and the future of the office.
Business Insider speaks with Partner Carrie Byles about the future of the workplace. Byles shares insight on how the global health crisis may permanently alter people's perception of the office and the ways SOM is designing for a more diversified workspace.
Architectural Record highlights women leaders at SOM, particularly the firm's all-women Executive Committee led by partners Carrie Byles, Xuan Fu, and Laura Ettelman. SOM is working to realize a fifty-fifty gender equality of partners, to reflect the ratio in architecture schools today.
Consulting Partner Bill Baker is cited in this article about structural innovation and the design impact of New York's most iconic skyscrapers. Baker is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure.
Carolina Miranda of The Los Angeles Times speaks with Partner Paul Danna about the future of architecture in L.A. During a time in which architecture's core purpose—bringing people together—seems almost inconceivable, Danna offers solutions for how we can continue to gather.