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.
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.
Designboom highlights the recently launched Nebula lighting collection designed by SOM and Neri. The family of modern lights, which includes an illuminating bollard, path light, and full-height lighting system, are designed to seamlessly integrate into any outdoor setting.
Designboom features Billie Jean King Main Library, the first structural timber building to be constructed in the city of Long Beach, California. The library is part of the SOM-designed Long Beach Civic Center project, which includes a new City Hall and Port Headquarters.
Chicago magazine features 330 North Green Street in an article on how architects and designers are considering the next-generation of office design in response to pandemics. The office building will include a five-story outdoor space called The Porch.
Stereoform Slab, a full-scale prototype of a future building system made using advanced robotic fabrication techniques, has received a 2020 R+D Award from Architect Magazine. The annual program recognizes work that shows potential to have an enduring and positive impact on the built environment.
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.
Glocal Design Magazine features the Bio-Esfera office complex, the first project completed within the Distrito La Perla Master Plan in Guadalajara. Sustainable design elements include a facade composed of high-performance precast concrete fins and roof gardens that capture rain water for reuse and help minimize storm water discharge.
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.
This month, SOM joined leading businesses in the United Kingdom to urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to create a Green Recovery Plan in response to COVID-19. SOM is calling on the government to deliver a recovery plan that builds a more sustainable and resilient UK economy.
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."