On February 20th, 2020, senior architectural designer Daniel Inocente will take part in a NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate workshop. Participants will investigate the possibility of developing a NASA Centennial Challenges competition that focuses on lunar excavation, manufacturing, and construction.
Managing Director Marla Gayle has been selected to serve on the jury for Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition launched by the New York City Council and the Van Alen Institute. The competition challenges participants to rethink the iconic Brooklyn Bridge walkway and aims to spark a new public conversation around New York City's infrastructure.
In April 2020, leaders from multiple SOM offices will participate in the CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation conference. William Baker, Leo Chow, Brian Lee, Benton Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Thomas Kinzl, and Joyce Lam will each present an SOM-designed project to a panel of judges and conference attendees.
On February 12th, 2020, Managing Partner Adam Semel will join ULI Nashville for a conversation at Trevecca Nazarene University. Semel will present Lincoln Yards as a case study in contemporary urban development projects.
U.S. WoodWorks has awarded the Billie Jean King Main Library with a Wood Design Award. The project, which opened in September 2019, was recognized in the Wood in Government Buildings category.
On February 27th, 2020, SOM will host a panel discussion to mark the release of The Future of Transportation. Laura Bliss, Tiffany Chu, Henry Grabar, Christine Moon, and Caroline Samponaro will discuss the interventions shaping transportation in the Bay Area.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle highlights the new Winship at Midtown cancer treatment center. The building will bring more than 450,000 square feet of inpatient, outpatient, and research facilities to the existing Emory University Hospital Midtown campus. SOM is serving as architect and structural engineer of the project.
On January 30th, 2020, Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis will speak on a panel discussion, hosted by FirstService Residential, about the Climate Mobilization Act. The panel will focus on the practical implications of the act, which was passed by the New York City Council in 2019, for building owners and developers.
A major milestone was reached at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport’s new International Arrivals Facility in January. The long-awaited center span of a massive aerial walkway was moved down the airport’s center runway and lifted into place, setting the record for the longest structure over an active taxi lane in the world, coming in at 780 feet long.
Retired SOM Partner John Kriken passed away on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at the age of 81. A celebrated city planner and urban designer, Kriken joined SOM in 1970 and was the first urban designer promoted to partner in SOM’s history.
SOM hosted 39 graduate and undergraduate students for its annual Winter Internship Week in January 2020. Organized by the SOM Women's Initiative (SOMWI) since 2011, the program provides students pursuing careers in design with an immersive experience in the office environment.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, SOM joined the European Space Agency (ESA) to sign a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) at ESA’s headquarters in Paris. The announcement—signed by Colin Koop, Design Partner at SOM, and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of ESA—will expand the scope of SOM and ESA’s existing research into longterm habitation on the Moon.
Luke Leung will speak at the 2020 AHR Expo on February 3. Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering in our Chicago office, will discuss strategies for pivoting toward a post-carbon world and the impact of carbon neutrality on the HVAC&R industry.
Susan Bartley has been named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Construction & Design for 2020. As Associate Director at SOM, Bartley has led the design management for several new civic buildings in the L.A. region, including courthouse, administration, and operational facilities.
The AIA has selected the West Loop Branch of the Chicago Public Library as a winner in the 2020 Interior Architecture Awards. The program celebrates innovative and impactful interior spaces around the United States.