The Pavilion at Little Lake at the University of California, Merced; Shanghai Old Town Master Plan; and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City have each been honored with 2019 AIA California Council Design Awards. The esteemed program recognizes excellence across architecture and urban design.
Seven SOM projects were honored in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) 50 Forward 50 Back Awards program, which showcases 50 of the world's most influential tall buildings.
On September 26th, 2019, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre officially opened to the public, securing its position as the eighth tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest in China. The 530-meter-tall tower was designed to LEED® Gold standards, with sustainable strategies including a high-performance envelope, optimized daylighting, and green landscaping.
The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) are pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Directors, effective October 1, 2019: Preetam Biswas, Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Lonny Israel, Benton Johnson, Joyce Lam, Aaron Mazeika, and Keith O'Connor.
Forbes reports on the Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence winners, highlighting the two winners in China, each designed by SOM: the Knowledge and Innovation Community and the Foshan Lingnan Tiandi Master Plan. The Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan and Phase 1 Site Development and Guoco Tower also won.
This year, the Jin Mao Tower, China's first supertall building, celebrates its 20th year of operation. With a name that means "golden prosperity" in Chinese, the iconic tower continues to influence skyscraper design globally.
SOM's master plan for Shanghai Old Town is featured in the current Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Journal. The project, a recipient of a 2019 CNU Charter Award, prioritizes the preservation of one of Shanghai's oldest districts while allowing for modernization and strategic development.
The Administrative Committee of Xiong'an New Area selected the urban design scheme by SOM and Tom Leader Studio for the first phase of development of this new economic zone, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing. Balancing urban living with nature, the district is envisioned as a model "city of the future" for China.
On May 29th, 2019, Director Yue Zhu spoke at the China Design Open Course symposium. Held in Shanghai, China, the event was part of a multi-city event sponsored by Sina Home. The theme this year is "Exploring Contemporary Chinese New Habitat."
In May, 2019, the SOM Foundation announced the results of the 2019 China Prize. Three winners—Zhu Ziyuan, Jing Qi, and Shen Jie—will each receive a $5,000 fellowship grant created to support the students as they embark on travel research outside of China.
A jury of professional sustainability experts have awarded SOM with a 2019 Green Good Design Award for the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City Master Plan. The award program is organized by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum.
Three SOM projects are scheduled to compete in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards program at the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. The conference will take place in Shenzhen, China and is hosted by CTBUH.
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport City was named one of the three design projects to receive a 2018 "AllSpark Award" during a celebration in January 2019. SOM's design calls for transforming agricultural land into a development that prioritizes sustainability, urban livability, and economic opportunity.
The SOM Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 China Prize through April 12th, 2019. Architecture and urban design students in China are eligible for the prize; each of three winners will receive a $5,000 traveling fellowship to pursue original research proposals.
Poly International Plaza has received a 2018 A&D Trophy Award from Perspective magazine. Formerly known as The Perspective Awards, the competition celebrates excellence in architecture, interior design, and product design across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.