October 29, 1987
Architect Natalie de Blois joined Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) in 1944, less than ten years after the firm was founded. As the first woman at SOM to reach the level of senior designer, de Blois worked on some of the firm’s most significant projects, including Lever House, Pepsi Cola, the Union Carbide Building, and the Connecticut General Life Insurance Headquarters. Nathaniel Owings, one of the firm’s founders, wrote of her in his autobiography that “her mind and hands worked marvels in design–and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of SOM, owed much more to her than was attributed by either SOM or the client.” (Women in American Architecture, 1977) In this conversation with architect Françoise Bollack, recorded at the League in 1987 as part of a series called “Three Modern Architects,” de Blois discusses the full scope of her career.
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Delivering the Yale School of Architecture's annual Gordon H. Smith lecture, William Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE (Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) provides an analysis of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa (located in downtown Dubai) and the close collaboration between the architects and engineers that led to its final design.
William F. Baker is the Structural and Civil Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. While his best known contribution has been the development of the "buttressed core" structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest manmade structure, his expertise also extends to long-span roof structures, such as the Korean Air Lines Operations Hangar, and specialty structures like Broadgate-Exchange House. Bill has also collaborated with numerous artists, including Jamie Carpenter, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, James Turrell and Jaume Plensa.
In addition to working at SOM, Bill is actively involved with numerous professional organizations and institutions of higher learning. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University as well as his alma mater, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Bill is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He has been awarded with several of the industry's most prestigious honors, including the Fritz Leonhardt Preis (Germany), the IStructE Gold Medal (United Kingdom), the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and the OPAL Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design (ASCE).
None of our designs solutions are pre-determined. When we begin a project, we start by immersing ourselves in that project's unique qualities: the place, the program and the client's aspirations. From planning and programming to conception and construction, we work quickly and collaboratively to create bespoke designs that uniquely solve each new design brief. Our work is iterative; it does not presume that just because something worked well before, that it will do so again. Each project is a clean slate -- an opportunity for a dialogue that leads to unexpected and compelling architecture.
We bring together the right team of collaborators, not only design specialists but a wide range of artists, engineers and scientists; understanding successful collaboration is built on trust, not through the imposition of an aesthetic agenda. Our design approach has led to innovative designs for numerous projects, including The New School University Center, providing a new heart for an urban campus by interweaving programmatic and infrastructural elements, the Raffles American School, engaging the client's pedagogical mission through design, and P.S. 62, the first net-zero energy school in New York State.
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Inside the Wood Pavilion at this year’s AIA Convention, we had the chance to chat with Benton Johnson of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) about SOM’s research on using wood for highrise buildings. Although wood is a sustainable and efficient material, it hasn’t entered the world of skyscraper construction yet. However, through their Timber Tower Research Project, SOM has come up with a structural system for skyscrapers that uses mass timber as the main structural material and consequently minimizes the building’s carbon footprint.
“Architects should focus on using wood for these types of structures because we do think of it as the way of the future. Energy and resources are just going to become more and more important going forward, and mass timber technology has no way to go but up,” Johnson explains.
"SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]" uncovers the concepts and forms of the firm’s greatest achievements, including revolutionary tall buildings such as the John Hancock Building, the Willis Tower and the current world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The exhibition reveals the research and thought processes through a range of media: hand-drawn sketches, interactive sculpture, immersive video, and most notably, a lineup of models at 1:500 showing the structural skeletons of 30 significant projects.
This film was created by PLANE—SITE and Spirit of Space in collaboration with ArchDaily and Hunter Douglas. You can view our ongoing coverage of the event here: http://www.archdaily.com/tag/2017-chicago-architecture-biennial
David Frey of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) discusses types of curtain wall systems and how to determine which system to use on a building. This presentation includes detailed mock-ups, visual examples, and models provided by SOM.
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This video contains three different items:
--A lecture by Marc Goldstein,
--A discussion of a documentary about Archigram,
--An episode of Leonard Bernstein’s The Unanswered Question (1973)
1. The lecture is not a SCI-Arc event; it might be at LACMA.
Marc Goldstein is introduced with a discussion of his role and rise within the offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, with commentary on the importance of the individual architect within a corporate firm.
Goldstein says he will present new projects currently in process in the San Francisco office. He comments on the inclusion of interior design and planning in the architectural work done in the office. He presents a series of projects including an office building for Boeing in Seattle and mentions his interest in generating simple strong and elegant spaces.
Goldstein continues his presentation with a project in downtown Reno, Nevada. The program includes casino spaces, large entertainment zones and a new hotel tower to connect to an existing hotel. He presents a tower in Houston with different facade concepts on each of the four sides. Goldstein shows two projects in San Francisco. He explains the importance of Market Street in negotiating the two misaligned downtown grids of San Francisco and his interest in creating a geometry to respond to this grid.
Goldstein shows some recent interior design work from the office. He shows model images of a bank layout and discusses the relationship of the interior to the exterior of the building. He shows another project that organizes offices and laboratories around a social and circulatory spine. In this project, careful consideration was given to the spatial integration of the existing foliage on the site and implements the notion that the world is the wallpaper for the building.
2. At the 1:00:34 mark, the video cuts to a discussion at SCI-Arc of a documentary about Archigram, possibly Gavin Millar and Denis Postle’s 1967 documentary for the BBC.
3. At the 1:14:42 mark begins an episode of Leonard Bernstein’s The Unanswered Question (1973), possibly Lecture 3 "Musical semantics".
0:00 - Intro by Dean Richard Sommer
9:42 - Roger Duffy presentation
1:01:35 - Moderated discussion
1:18:02 - Q & A
On January 26, 2016, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto welcomed Roger Duffy to present a bulthaup lecture.
Roger Duffy is a Design Partner in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). His design work encompasses a wide range of award-winning urban projects, from academic, museum, and gallery spaces to transportation-oriented developments, residential, hospitality, and office buildings. Among Mr. Duffy’s key initiatives was the launching of SOM Journal, an annually published book of SOM’s best work as selected and critiqued by an independent jury of artists, designers, and critics.
Experimentation and collaboration characterize Roger Duffy’s projects worldwide. Light is a critical aspect of his work, as is innovation in sustainability. Mr. Duffy’s collaborative design approach is rooted in a deep understanding of the unique qualities of each client’s program, site, and aspirations. The urban context of his work has influenced many of his projects, such as his Cornell Tech Master Plan’s treatment of reclaimed space on Roosevelt Island; The University Center for the New School at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street; and The Park Hotel in Hyderabad adjacent to a railway. Two major transportation facilities designed by Mr. Duffy’s teams recently opened, Denver Union Station in downtown Denver, and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 outside of Mumbai. In New York City, Mr. Duffy led two SOM teams that explored alternate visions for the future of both Penn Station - Madison Square Garden (2013), and the area around Grand Central Terminal (2012).
Duffy received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. A fellow of the AIA, he served on the board of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University for many years. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Harvard, National Building Museum, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, and Vassar, and he has taught seminars at Harvard and Cooper Union. His projects have received numerous design awards and are featured regularly in the press.
The Daniels Faculty would like to thank bulthaup Toronto for its generous sponsorship of this lecture: www.toronto.bulthaup.com
For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca