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Created in 2020, the Robert L. Wesley Award supports BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the U.S. The $10,000 award, given to three students, is an unrestricted scholarship that aims to support academic development. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first black partner at SOM.

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In September, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan, Director and Interior Design Practice Leader Lois Wellwood, and Associate Amy Garlock will join Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine, for DesignBiz on Instagram Live. The designers and Allen will discuss workplace, travel, materiality, post-COVID design, and more.

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On Thursday, September 24th, SOM's Zarmine Nigohos and Roshanak Mostaghim will present at the Future of Mass Timber virtual symposium. Hosted by The Architect's Newspaper, the symposium will spotlight emerging timber technologies and exemplary timber projects across North America, including the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California.

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South China Morning Post reports on how the pandemic has reoriented priorities for residential design, particularly in the luxury market. SOM Associate Director Frank Mahan discusses SOM's adaptive reuse of the Waldorf Astoria in New York as an example, sharing insight on how the building's history as a hotel has also informed the type of amenities it offers to residents.

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Architectural Digest interviews SOM Associate Director Frank Mahan on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Waldorf Astoria. Mahan discusses the complexity and investigative work required to restore the landmark to its original appearance, as well as the significant sustainability benefits of utilizing adaptive reuse.

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