Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

New York, NY

"We are a collective of architects, designers, engineers, and planners building a better future."
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is an influential collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners, responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings, and significant public spaces. From a strategic regional plan to a single piece of furniture, SOM's designs anticipate change in the way we live, work and communicate, and have brought lasting value to communities around the world. The firm's approach is highly collaborative, and its interdisciplinary team is engaged on a wide range of international projects, with creative studios based across the globe.

We have offices around the world: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Dubai.

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Is there an essential mix of talents you need to create a space?

"“Beyond having open-minded, intensely creative people across all of our disciplines, we strive for a mix of talent on all of our teams. The most important skills are innovative three-dimensional thinking, progressive planning abilities, and attention to detail at all scales. Moreover, we look for curiosity, empathy and humility in our staff.” – Lois Wellwood, IIDA, Director and Interior Design Practice Leader at SOM’s Los Angeles office

“Analytical minds, distinctive design eyes, and empathetic client hands.” – Ece Calguner Erzan, IIDA, Interior Architecture Associate Director at SOM’s New York office

“A good designer has two of the best tools to grow, learn and be inspired by our larger global community: empathy and an open mind.” – Lori Maas, IIDA, LEED AP, Interior Architecture Associate Director at SOM’s New York office"
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How did you discover Creators (designers, artists, makers, etc.) and keep your community growing?

"“We host regular virtual and/or design critiques and pin-ups, where we challenge each other to think bigger, take chances, and always dream.” – Lois Wellwood

“It is important to be part of the design community in ways that feel meaningful. For me personally, that means attending lectures at a variety of academic and professional organizations in the city where I connect with people from different creative fields. I am a contributing editor to the design journal MAS Context, which brings together an amazing variety of talent and points of view, both online and as an ongoing series of events.” – Julie Michiels, AIA, ASID, NCARB, LEED AP, Interior Architecture Associate Director at SOM’s Chicago office

“Staying engaged: phone calls, emails, social media and events (local, national and global).” – Carlos Madrid III, Interior Architecture Associate Director at SOM’s Los Angeles office"
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"“Our work touches people’s lives in an intimate and personal way. While architecture impacts cities at a larger, urban scale, interior design has to be sensitively attuned to human scale and how a space engages with people. It is essential to how people live, work and feel at any given moment.” – Ece Calguner Erzan"
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