On June 27th, 2019, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) formally joined the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. Associate Mina Hasman, a member of the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission and the RIBA Expert Advisory Group of Sustainable Futures, helped inform this motion.
On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, SOM hosted a roundtable discussion with the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) at The New School, in New York City. The event centered on themes of inclusive design, learning ecosystems, and permeability.
On July 19, Philip Enquist will speak on urban design and its role in sustainability at the Santa Fe Institute Sustainability Summer School. The program focuses on cities as complex systems at the forefront of the transition to sustainable human development.
On July 13, Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development of Construction Engineering. He will discuss the engineering innovation behind the design of the Burj Khalifa, as well as new technology in the design and construction of supertall buildings around the world.
Staff members across SOM's offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Dubai gathered together—in person and via simultaneous video feed—to raise a global “Toast to Pride” on Thursday, July 27.
On June 27, 2019, leaders from SOM’s Year One Research Initiative will be presenting at the AIASF NEXT/GEN Conference. The event facilitates discussions about the future of the architecture and design industry.
SOM Design Director Dan Ringelstein will speak at the BuiltWorlds Summit Paris conference on June 28th. He will take part in a panel discussion called “Toward Truly Smarter Cities,” exploring new approaches to city design.
Technical Partner Keith Boswell and Associate Olivier Brouard will present during the 2019 Glass Performance Days. The industry conference and exhibition takes place June 25-28 in Tampere, Finland.
In June 2019, SOM joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Related California, and city officials to celebrate the topping out of 49 South Van Ness. The new civic building will be home to multiple city agencies, including Planning and Public Works.
On June 25th, 2019, Dmitri Jajich, Structural Engineering Director in SOM’s London office, will speak at the 9th Italian/International Tall Buildings Conference. There he will speak about new and emerging technologies and will present case studies including Burj Khalifa.
On Tuesday, June 25th, Scott Duncan will give a keynote presentation on "Buildings that Breathe" at the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2019. Duncan will discuss how tall buildings can become "sponges," presenting two SOM projects—Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank and WeBank—as case studies.
On June 13th, 2019, SOM Pride New York visited the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation at the Modulightor Building. Throughout Pride Month, SOM is celebrating the contributions of LGBTQI+ architects.
Five SOM projects were selected as winners in the Urban Land Institute's Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence. The awards program recognizes projects in the region that exemplify the highest standards of land use and enhance the public realm.
SOM was represented by Technical Partner Keith Boswell during this year's AIA Conference on Architecture. The three-day gathering, which took place in Las Vegas, featured educational and networking events, seminars, workshops, and an architecture expo.
On June 22nd, 2019, Design Partner Colin Koop and Associate Director Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa will participate in an LSC Roundtable at The New School in New York. The event centers on a discussion of the future of learning spaces.