Mustafa Abadan


Design Partner

New York


As a design partner in SOM’s New York office, Mustafa K. Abadan has been involved in the design of a wide range of corporate, civic, and institutional projects that have helped redefine and enhance urban environments around the world. With a focus on integrating architecture, engineering, and sustainable strategies, he approaches each project as a singular opportunity to explore ideas of physical and social context, spatial experience, and tectonic expression.

Abadan has extensive experience designing complex urban projects that accommodate multiple uses and incorporate thriving civic spaces. In addition, with a keen interest in program-driven project typologies, Abadan has developed a parallel expertise in the design of health, science, and education buildings.

Notable completed mixed-use projects include the Time Warner Center, 101 Warren Residences, and 250 West 55th Street in New York, as well as Tokyo Midtown in Japan, and the Zuellig Building in the Philippines. In addition, projects such as the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, and the Hess Center for Science and Medicine at Mount Sinai have been significant architectural additions to these New York institutions.

Many of Abadan’s projects have received awards and recognition from the American Institute of Architects, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Review, Chicago Athenaeum, and the Urban Land Institute. Abadan remains involved in advancing and supporting architectural education as the Chairman of the SOM Foundation and in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. In 2016, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his accomplishments and service to the United States.

Selected Work