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.
Anylab Talks podcast interviews Associate Director Phil Obayda and Associate Mina Hasman. The two discuss their career paths, sustainability in the building industry, and the role of architects in tackling climate change.
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.
SOM's Colin Koop, Georgi Petrov, and Daniel Inocente speak to Civil Engineering Magazine about Moon Village, a concept for the first full-time human habitat on the surface of the moon. Working in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and MIT, SOM is serving as architect, engineer, and designer of the project's master plan.
One Manhattan West was selected as a merit award recipient in the 2020 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards. The project is the first new office tower to reach completion in the Manhattan West Development on New York City's Far West Side.
On January 21st, 2019, Peter Kindel and Saki Mizuguchi, together with UC Berkeley's Molly Turner and HDR | Calthorpe's Peter Calthorpe, will speak at SPUR Oakland's "Imagining Future Cities" event. The group will discuss the ideas and innovations raised in National Geographic's "Future Cities" issue.
The Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan was selected as one of only four winners in the 2020 AIA Regional & Urban Design Awards. The awards jury noted how the project redefines the role a university can play in benefiting a city economically, socially, and environmentally.
The Milstein Center at Barnard College has been selected as a finalist in South by Southwest's Learn by Design competition, an international program that recognizes groundbreaking work in education design. On March 10th, 2019, SOM and Barnard will compete in a live pitch event against other finalists to be named the 2020 winner.
SOM welcomes three new leaders to its global management team: Candace Carroll, Doryse Franco, and Daria Pahhota. Heading up our finance, people, and communications teams, they will play a key role in advancing SOM’s culture and operations.
The Chicago River North Branch Canal Framework Plan, also known as the Wild Mile and featured in Curbed Chicago, has secured an additional $1.4 million in new funding. The mile-long floating eco-park, designed by SOM with the City of Chicago, is one of a series of interventions undertaken to transform the North Branch canal of the Chicago River into a new environment for habitat, education, and recreation.
Citi Global Headquarters has been named a finalist in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) New York Chapter's Awards for Excellence in Development. The project, which transformed two existing buildings into a single, unified, and sustainable campus, was recognized in "Repositioning or Redevelopment."
Associate director Arathi Gowda speaks with Architect Magazine about her role as sustainable design lead in SOM's Chicago office. She discusses her exposure to passive design techniques early in her career, and how sustainability has become an imperative throughout the industry.
In a segment by Studio 360, Host Kurt Andersen and Pratt Institute President Frances Bronet visit Lever House while touring Midtown Manhattan's Bauhaus-inspired architecture. The iconic blue-green glass tower, designed by SOM and completed 1952, was one of the first glass-walled International Style office buildings in the United States.