The New York Times visits Chicago to explore recently completed projects that combine public housing and library branches. See how we set out to answer the city's call for co-location with the Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library, one of the projects featured: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMdls
We're excited to share our design for Moon Village, developed in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When you work at SOM, you're part of something bigger. Our global collective is committed to improving the built environment and enhancing people’s lives. SOM assembles creative, interdisciplinary teams that work like small, dynamic studios, with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. Here, you’ll collaborate with industry experts on some of the most exciting and transformative architecture, engineering, and planning projects in the world.
You’ll also get the opportunity to expand your thinking. At SOM, emerging designers work alongside the world’s leading experts, architects partner with engineers, and all of us learn from each other. Collaboration goes beyond the studio, too: we engage with innovative practitioners, from artists to scientists, to find new solutions. For bold, inventive thinkers seeking to build a career in design, the sky’s the limit.
To help our employees grow, we invest in their success. An array of professional development programs are available to our staff, including licensure resources, in-house learning, and leadership training. At SOM, wellbeing is a priority: we provide family-focused benefits and a range of programs to support a healthy, balanced lifestyle. We’re just as committed to creating a work environment where every employee can achieve their full potential. An inclusive workplace makes us more innovative, creative, and resilient—this not only benefits our employees, but also our clients and our community. That’s why we’re active in bringing together a diverse group of people to work on our projects.
Year One is a new program at SOM, created to cultivate the next generation of leaders in architecture, engineering, urban planning, and interior design. It’s an entry-level experience that offers recent graduates a unique opportunity to jumpstart their careers.
The program provides a suite of events and creative initiatives to help new hires get the most out of their first year at SOM. Alongside day-to-day project responsibilities, we encourage Year One participants to expand their learning and to propose bold ideas for the future of design.
If you’re a new graduate, start here to dive into the profession, chart your path forward, and make your mark. Visit som.com/yearone to learn more.
The SOM Women’s Initiative (SOMWI) is committed to expanding opportunities for women throughout the design profession. Established in 2011, SOMWI provides workshops, programs, and networks to cultivate and promote the advancement of women within our firm and beyond. These programs build a sense of community and professional support within each of our offices.
SOMWI also seeks to inspire and support young women pursuing careers in design. Each year, our Winter Internship Week gives graduate and undergraduate students an immersive experience in our offices, where they shadow professionals across departments and disciplines. Our SOMWI interns come away with a deeper and broader understanding of career paths in design.
SOM’s global collective brings together a diverse group of people to solve the most complex and pressing challenges faced by our clients and communities today. See what they are up to:
Architects Gather for the Voices of Plurality Flash Mob at AIA 2018 Convention
Dawveed Scully Wins 2018 ULI Chicago Young Visionary Award
Building a Career in Architecture: A Designer Reflects on Her First Three Years on the Job
Mina Hasman Selected for the U.K. Green Building Council's Future Leaders Program
SOM Women's Initiative Hosts Speed Mentoring Event for Chicago Staff
Frank Mahan Featured in BD+C’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017
Calling independent, creative, and critical thinkers: A career at SOM provides the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting and progressive projects in architecture, engineering, urban planning, and interior design. Search our careers and internships
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