SOM appoints new design director
The following is a press release from global firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill announcing the appointment of 12 new design leaders.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) welcomes four new partners and eight new directors. With decades of expertise in design, technology, research and sustainability, SOM’s new leaders will continue to propel the building industry from their studios in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Los Angeles , London and Hong Kong, respectively.
Carrie Moore, AIA, LEED GA, Technical Design Partner
Carrie Moore is one of SOM’s leading engineering design experts, specializing in project delivery, construction methodologies and decarbonization. His work is rooted in a deep understanding of how buildings are put together. Advancing innovative approaches to project delivery, she collaborates directly with clients, engineers, contractors and manufacturers to help realize the design vision and minimize environmental impact. She oversees the quality of the design and construction of projects in many sectors, including education, institutions, health, government and science.
Olin McKenzie, AIA, NCARB, Design Partner
Olin McKenzie is strongly influenced by his experience of cities – the spaces, patterns and buildings that contribute to the newness and wonder of urban life. His architectural sensibility is deeply invested in sobriety and clarity. For Olin, layer-rich work can be done more powerfully through an economy of design moves. He is inspired by the power of storytelling in design and uses narrative to bring meaning to architecture and to merge the multiple aspects of a project – from program to culture to aesthetics – into one union. synthetic. The wide range of its projects includes commercial office buildings, hotels, transit centers and educational institutions.
Julia Murphy, AIA, PA LEED, Managing Partner
Julia Murphy has built her career around two main goals: solving large-scale architectural problems and helping to move the design and real estate industries towards equality for women and minorities. She is an expert in solving the physical, financial and administrative challenges of construction in New York and has founded several career development programs for women. As an architect and project manager, Julia loves complexity. She has spearheaded some of the city’s biggest projects, including the 7 million square foot Manhattan West. His work includes adaptive reuse, hospitality, higher education buildings, residential towers and commercial offices.
Eric Long, PE, SE, LEED AP, Structural Engineering Partner
Eric Long’s interdisciplinary approach to structural engineering is driven by a deep curiosity and determination to create simple, elegant solutions. With a strong focus on constructability and rigorous collaboration, he designs technologically advanced, sustainability-driven structural systems that ultimately result in ease of execution. His extensive project experience includes work in high seismic regions around the world at all scales, from tall towers to museums, embassies, renovations and works of art. Eric is committed to elevating the meaningful contributions of his mentees and advancing the field of structural engineering through applied research.
Peter Glasson, AIA, Design Director
Peter Glasson approaches his work with the conviction that each project represents an opportunity to have a positive impact and to change public institutions, cities and their immediate context. As Head of Design at the Washington, DC studio, Peter works to build synergy between clients and the multidisciplinary design teams he leads. His work encompasses municipal and government buildings, high-speed rail stations and transit-oriented developments, large-scale mixed-use projects and manufacturing facilities. Paying equal attention to the environment and the human experience, he seeks to integrate his projects into their neighborhoods, while reducing embodied and operational carbon.
Dan Herman, AIA, Managing Director
Dan Herman brings an urban sensibility to his work, emphasizing infill and densification through mixed-use development. Its projects convert underutilized sites into vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented, and sustainable micro-cities. Dan brings this city-building approach to large-scale urban developments that combine offices, hotels, residences and retail. He has also led adaptive reuse and renovation projects that have transformed old industrial buildings into vibrant contemporary workplaces. While much of Dan’s work has taken place in his hometown of Los Angeles, he has also worked extensively in Texas, with projects in Austin, Houston and Dallas.
Emily Lawson, AIA, Senior Director
Emily Lawson thrives on navigating the complexity of design and construction projects with numerous contributors and stakeholders. Based in San Francisco, she serves as the client liaison and day-to-day point of contact for the architecture and engineering project team, as well as a coordinator for various design, engineering and construction disciplines. Emily’s extensive experience includes new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse projects for public sector offices, medical clinics, embassy complexes and security buildings, as well as private sector residential developments, commercial, hotel, mixed-use and multi-family. and master plan projects.
Danielle McGuire, AIA, DBIA, LEED GA, Principal
Danielle McGuire combines a deep interest in science and the creation of new places. As head of our science practice, she has experience in new construction as well as retrofit projects for commercial life science, academic and institutional research buildings. Danielle spends time with researchers to understand how they work now, how they might want to work in the future, and how the built environment can support the ever-changing world of scientific discovery. In addition to her training in architecture, Danielle holds an MBA, which allows her to bring sensitivity to budget, schedule and value creation for each project.
Nic Medrano, AIA, LEED GA, Senior Design Manager
Nic Medrano is inspired by the density of the cities he works in across Asia and the challenge of designing large-scale, mixed-use developments that enhance both the environment and the human experience. Many of his projects include tall buildings that remake city centers by bringing public spaces, nature and public transit connections to some of the densest neighborhoods in the world. As Head of Design for SOM’s studio in Hong Kong, Nic is responsible for transformation projects across Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong.
Phil Obayda, RIBA, RIAS, Technical Design Manager
Phil Obayda, the head of the London studio’s engineering design group, leads the design and delivery of a wide range of complex flagship projects in the UK and overseas. It champions design and construction innovations that address the challenges of sustainable urban living. Continuing SOM’s commitment to accelerating the transition to a net-zero carbon built environment, Phil leads the company’s research and innovation group in London. He regularly represents SOM at external forums where he shares his expertise on topics such as wood composite structural solutions, off-site modular fabrication and fire safety design.
Inho Rhee, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Design Manager
Inho Rhee leads interdisciplinary teams through a robust design process. He is particularly adept at developing the conceptual design of projects, strategically refining a design finely tuned to its users and context, and driving intent through to final, constructed form.
Inho specializes in large-scale, office, residential, civic and public mixed-use spaces. Based in Chicago, he has significant experience leading projects in various cities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Christopher Wollaston, RIBA, Design Director
Christopher Wollaston leads ambitious design projects across Europe and the Middle East, focusing first on how human experience can influence the way buildings and cities are designed. Since joining SOM in 2005, he has worked in studios in Chicago and London, where he has contributed to a range of residential and mixed-use projects. Currently, Christopher directs the work of the firm in Paris and the Paris region, in particular the master plan and two buildings in the heart of the Charenton-Bercy district.