Throughout February, a group of our designers active in NOMA has worked to shine the spotlight on notable architects who have worked at SOM over the years—pioneering figures who broke barriers decades ago, and leaders who continue to shape the future of architectural practice.
On February 20th, 2020, senior architectural designer Daniel Inocente will take part in a NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate workshop. Participants will investigate the possibility of developing a NASA Centennial Challenges competition that focuses on lunar excavation, manufacturing, and construction.
Managing Director Marla Gayle has been selected to serve on the jury for Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition launched by the New York City Council and the Van Alen Institute. The competition challenges participants to rethink the iconic Brooklyn Bridge walkway and aims to spark a new public conversation around New York City's infrastructure.
Retired SOM Partner Gordon Lee Wildermuth, FAIA, has passed away at the age of 82. During his career as a managing partner at SOM, Wildermuth produced a body of work that has received worldwide recognition for its exceptional quality and cultural impact.
On February 12th, 2020, Managing Partner Adam Semel will join ULI Nashville for a conversation at Trevecca Nazarene University. Semel will present Lincoln Yards as a case study in contemporary urban development projects.
On January 30th, 2020, Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis will speak on a panel discussion, hosted by FirstService Residential, about the Climate Mobilization Act. The panel will focus on the practical implications of the act, which was passed by the New York City Council in 2019, for building owners and developers.
Retired SOM Partner John Kriken passed away on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at the age of 81. A celebrated city planner and urban designer, Kriken joined SOM in 1970 and was the first urban designer promoted to partner in SOM’s history.
On January 28th, 2020, Design Partner Kent Jackson will speak at ULI Poland's PLACES + SPACES series in Warsaw. The event focuses on the role and impact of tall buildings in cities.
SOM hosted 39 graduate and undergraduate students for its annual Winter Internship Week in January 2020. Organized by the SOM Women's Initiative (SOMWI) since 2011, the program provides students pursuing careers in design with an immersive experience in the office environment.
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.
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.
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.