The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) announced that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is the recipient of this year’s Firm of the Year Award. The Firm of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize a single firm’s outstanding achievements, consistent excellence, and ongoing contributions to the advancement of the architectural profession.
SOM is a leading architecture, urban planning, interior design, and engineering firm, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm's longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,400 awards for quality, innovation, and management.
Most recently, the firm was recognized with 10 Design Excellence Awards presented by AIA Chicago in October 2011 for projects ranging from Burj Khalifa in Dubai to a Panama Government City Master Plan. SOM’s notable editions to the Chicago skyline include the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center and the Inland Steel Building. International projects range from China World Trade Center in Beijing to the Rolex Tower in Dubai.
A panel of three jurors from AIA St. Louis selected SOM as the Firm of the Year. Jurors commented that “SOM has a distinct culture that is collaborative and team oriented with a history of high aspirations for design excellence.” They also stated that “SOM’s innovation continues to impact and inform tall building design around the world, while it is also evident that SOM is an involved and active citizen of Chicago, reaching outside of itself to positively impact the community and its organizations.” The Firm Award will be presented this evening at AIA Chicago’s Annual Meeting at the ReBuilding Exchange. BD+C