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.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower was honored with the inaugural Hudec Architectural Culture Award on October 27th, 2018. The tallest building in China at the time of its completion, Jin Mao's design echoes the form of the ancient Chinese pagoda and remains a leading model of skyscraper design in the country.
On November 5th, 2018, SOM's Thomas Kinzl and Weiqi Wang will speak at the China Design Open Course symposium in Zhengzhou, China. The event is part of a country-wide consortium and showcases culturally significant architectural landmarks.
On November 1st, 2018, SOM's Mark Sarkisian will speak at the University of Hong Kong's Shanghai Study Centre. The title of his presentation, which is part of the school's 2018 Fall Public Lecture Series, is "A Dialogue of Structure, Architecture, and City."
Poly International Plaza has received an Award of Merit in Azure Publishing's eighth annual AZ Awards for Design Excellence. The multi-tower project in Beijing won in the Commercial/Institutional Architecture (over 1,000 square meters) category.
Forbes includes the Guiyang Cultural Plaza Tower in a roundup of supertall buildings in progress around the world. The 1,709-foot-tall skyscraper is slated for completion in 2020, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guiyang, China.
Shum Yip Tower One received the 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of New York. The project, part of the Shen Ye Upperhills Mixed-Use Development in Shenzhen, China, was honored in the New Buildings category.