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On October 14th, Alessandro Beghini, Associate Director of Structural Engineering, will give a presentation titled "The Engineering of Art and Architecture" as part of Melbourne School of Design's MSD at Home lecture series. Beghini will discuss the structural and technological innovations that drive the creation of new art and architecture.

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On Friday, October 16th, City Design Practice Director Peter Kindel will give a keynote presentation on the ecological principles of building and city design during the 2020 Green Building Festival. The three-day event provides a forum for education focused on ecological approaches to architecture and city planning.

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Climate Change Business Journal interviews Director Yasemin Kologlu on green building trends, as well as SOM's work towards advancing strategies that will decarbonize our cities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kologlu leads SOM's firmwide Climate Action Group, which brings together representatives from every discipline to guide a holistic approach to environmental leadership.

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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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