Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. 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 1,600 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.
Founded in 1974, Architects 61 (A61) became established in a time of exciting change and growth in Singapore. This was the same year in which the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) was set up, with the then primary task of comprehensively redeveloping the Central Area of the city, the hub around which commercial and banking activities would concentrate.
As Singapore grew, so did Architect 61. Over the next three decades, the Company has put itself firmly on the country’s architectural map with many landmark structures in the Central Business District. Close collaboration with many international design firms produced notable buildings such as the $340 million UOB Plaza (with Kenzo Tange Associates, 1992) and the $190 million Hitachi Tower and Caltex House (with Murphy Jahn Architects, 1992). Such Massive projects earned A61 a sound reputation for producing finely-detailed, well-constructed, corporate towers.
In the region, A61 specialises in providing Architectural Master Planning and Architectural Design Consultancy Services, particularly from the Concept Design Stage to Schematic Design and Design Development. To-date A61 have done, and continue to provide, services to clients on a wide range of projects in more than 10 countries including China, India, Dubai, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Today, A61 has amassed a considerable portfolio and has been responsible for more than SGD$8 billion worth of completed projects encompassing over 40 million sqft of floor area in Singapore alone. The knowledge and expertise garnered from the past three decades in practice both at home and abroad.