The SOM Foundation has announced the winners of the 2020 SOM Foundation Research Prize. Two teams—one from the University of Texas at Arlington and one from Tulane University—will receive grants to conduct original research on the topic "Examining Social Justice in Urban Contexts.”
On Tuesday, February 9th, Structural Engineering Partner Bill Baker and Managing Partner Ken Lewis will present on One World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa for Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. The presentation will run in conjunction with an exhibit about the design and construction of impressive towers and bridges.
Brigitte Peterhans, a former SOM Associate Partner, passed away on January 15, 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany. As an architectural and interiors design leader at SOM, Peterhans contributed to some of the firm’s most notable projects from the 20th century.
Design Partner Scott Duncan and Consulting Partners Brian Lee and Bill Baker will present on the design and engineering of supertall towers in Giuyang, Tianjin, and Dubai, as part of the Skyscraper Museum's lecture series.
Having joined our L.A. office first as a summer intern and then as a full-time designer, Jad Ismail is now part of the team working on LACMA, the largest museum in the city he now calls home. In this edition of our Spotlight series, Jad shares his thoughts on how architecture shapes our lives every day.
On January 28th, Associate Director Martin Liepmann brings his expertise to Europe's major aviation event, the 2021 Passenger Terminal Conference. He will share insights on how architectural design can make airports more resilient and supportive of passengers' well-being.
On Tuesday, January 26th, Associate Director Jon Cicconi will speak in "A Smarter Classroom: Learning Lessons from COVID-19." Hosted by Frame Magazine, the webinar will focus on lessons learned from the prolonged COVID-19 school closures and the role of spatial design in education.
Join SOM's Tiara Hughes alongside leaders from Brininstool + Lynch and Khaler Slater for a panel on unconscious bias and promoting equity in the industry, hosted by Goettsch Partners' Women's Group.
Midwest Build Week is the region's largest construction-focused event series, hosted entirely online this year from January 25-29. Join Associate Director Jennifer Skowlund and industry peers on January 25th for a discussion on unlocking the potential of future construction.
SOM in collaboration with Wheeler Kearns Architects, joins the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture for "Preserving Midwestern Modernism: A Conversation on the Legacies of Chicago's Netsch and Graham Homes." on Jan. 29
Awarded annually to a graduating student in structural engineering, the Fellowship supports independent travel and research that has the potential to make an impact on the built environment. The 2021 research topic is "Examining Social Justice in Urban Contexts." Applications close Monday, March 15, 2021.
Published by ASCE-SEI, the leading engineering organization, "Design and Performance of Tall Buildings for Wind" includes contributions from multiple SOM structural engineers including Preetam Biswas, who served as editor and lead author. The book is intended as an industry reference for tall building design.
Each year, the Chicago Tribune recognizes standout individuals for contributions to the arts. The 2020 Chicagoans of the Year in architecture are SOM's Adam Semel and Brian Lee, alongside KOO founder and principal Jackie Koo, for the adaptive reuse of the former Cook County Hospital.
Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis and Director Kristopher Takacs were each elected presidents of their local AIA chapters. On January 1, 2021, Lewis and Takacs assumed the presidencies of AIA New York and AIA Washington, D.C., respectively.
The pandemic poses challenges and new opportunities for city planning. Listen to Dawveed Scully's conversation with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore on Marketplace.