Our annual architecture and urban design preview

How meaningful public engagement in Kansas City shaped the vision for a terminal that welcomes all travelers


After years of hunting on eBay for SOM artifacts, historian Nicholas Adams shares his favorite finds.

SOM partners during a 1954 meeting in San Francisco. Despite the firm’s many thousands of buildings completed since its founding in 1936, there was no comprehensive overview of SOM as a whole before Nicholas Adams began his multi-decade quest to document its history. (© SOM)

As travelers fill the new skylit concourse, we trace the history of the station that’s become an emblem of New York’s recovery.

Photo: Dave Burk © SOM | Empire State Development

Completed decades after her first collaboration with SOM, a Florida tower offer clues to a more experimental side of the famed designer.

For Southeast Financial Center, the interiors team worked so closely with Florence Knoll Bassett that the team referred to her as “The Design Committee.” Photo © Peter Aaron | ESTO

An architecture critic takes stock of SOM in its 85th year.

by Sam Lubell

Burj Khalifa set the tone for SOM through the 2010s. The dozens of projects that followed are seamless, elegant buildings whose forms, programs, and functions seem simple, even inevitable, although they are anything but. Photo © Nick Merrick | Hedrich Blessing

A champion for equity and inclusion is making a difference in the design industry.

Ammee on a backpacking trip to the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming. All photos © Ammee Snyder unless otherwise cited.

An architect reflects on connection, identity, and community.

Andy in the Catskill Mountains. All images © Andy Rah unless otherwise cited.

In four years, UC Merced doubled in size and met its net-zero carbon goal ahead of schedule. That’s just the beginning.

Photo: Dave Burk © SOM

What if architecture and urban design could function as an “immune system” for where we congregate?


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