The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Robert L. Wesley Award. The award supports BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban design, or engineering programs in the United States. This year, three students will receive a $10,000 award in addition to a yearlong mentorship program that connects the students with leading BIPOC practitioners and educators. The award is named in honor of Robert L. Wesley, the first Black partner at SOM.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Research Prize. Two $40,000 prizes will be awarded to faculty-led interdisciplinary teams based in the United States to conduct original research that contributes to this year’s topic, “Shaping Our World Through Air.” The Research Prize was created in 2018 to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 European Research Prize. The €20,000 prize will be awarded to a faculty-led interdisciplinary team based in Europe to conduct original research that contributes to this year’s topic, “Shaping Our World Through Air.” The European Research Prize was created in 2021 to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time.
Architect and structural engineer Werner Sobek, founder of Werner Sobek Group, was honored during the second International Research and Design Forum for his contributions to the fields of architecture and engineering. In 1983, Sobek received the Fazlur Rahman Khan International Fellowship from the SOM Foundation.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the jury for the 2022 Robert L. Wesley Award. This year’s jury will be led by Robert L. Wesley (Retired Partner at SOM, Chicago) and will include Paola Aguirre (Founder of Borderless, Chicago), Jia Yi Gu (Director and Curator at MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CA), and Ojay Obinani (Associate Principal at SOM, New York City).
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the jury for the 2022 Research Prize. This year’s jury will be led by SOM Foundation Executive Director Iker Gil and will include Daniel A. Barber (Professor of Architecture and Environment in the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at the University of Technology Sydney; Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Giovanna Borasi (Director and Chief Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal), Mario Gooden (Professor of Professional Practice and Codirector of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia GSAPP, New York City; Director of Mario Gooden Studio: Architecture + Design, New York City), and Sarah Herda (Director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago).
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the jury for the 2022 European Research Prize. This year’s jury will be led by Iker Gil (Executive Director of the SOM Foundation, Chicago) and Kent Jackson (Partner at SOM, London; Secretary of the SOM Foundation, Chicago), and will include Ivan Blasi (Director of Prizes and Programmes at the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona), Mina Hasman (Sustainability Director at SOM, London), Aseem Inam (Professor and Chair in Urban Design at Cardiff University; Director of TRULAB: Laboratory for Designing Urban Transformation; 1999 CIAU Fellow), and Olga Subirós (Architect and Curator, Barcelona).
The Society of Architectural Historians is celebrating the stewardship of the Charnley-Persky House on Thursday, November 10 at the Arts Club of Chicago. The celebration marks 130 years since the building was completed and 50 years since it was designated as a Chicago Landmark. The SOM Foundation is among the honorees at the event, in recognition for the years the Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home served as its headquarters.
With 2022 marking the fiftieth anniversary of the designation of the Charnley House as a Chicago landmark, we look back at its transformation from a private residence to the headquarters of the SOM Foundation and Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the speakers for the second International Research and Design Forum in Stuttgart. This year’s edition will take place on Friday, October 14, 2022, and will be organized in partnership with the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) at the University of Stuttgart.