428: On Fees, Business Development, & Leading a Team in an Architectural Practice with Kenneth Lewis

Kenneth Lewis is a Managing Partner in SOM’s New York studio office.

Kenneth knows New York’s development world like the back of his hand, having managed some of the most complex building projects in the city’s recent history.

In his 35 plus years in building in New York City and beyond. Ken’s work includes One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and its neighbor Seven World Trade Center; both built under extraordinary circumstances.

Ken led SOM’s work at 35 Hudson Yards, an undulating residential tower and home to the first Equinox Hotel.

More recently, Ken led construction and development of Manhattan West, a 7 million square foot, mixed-use, master plan development built above active railroad tracks, encompassing four new towers and reuse of an existing loft building.

Today, Ken is leading the most significant renovation and reuse project in New York’s history, the complete transformation and ground up renovation of the landmark Waldorf Astoria.

Ken is also the president of AIA in New York, charged with leading the organization with optimism and pride through this very difficult and challenging time for the AEC industry.

He also serves on the Urban Green Council Board of Directors, the Center for Architecture Board of Trustees, and the Architectural Review Board of Irvington, New York.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear a conversation covering fees, business development, and leading a team.

Check out more about Kenneth Lewis here:

SOM: https://www.som.com/person/kenneth-lewis/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-a-lewis-aia-1b361949/

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