Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
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Established 1937
Website Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Corporate Address 224 S Michigan Ave #1000, Chicago, IL 60604, United States

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP (SOM) is an architectural and engineering firm based out of Chicago, Illinois. Founded by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings in 1936 with John Merrill joining in 1939, this firm has been behind some of Chicago's most notable buildings including the John Hancock Centre and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). SOM has gained international notoriety for constructing the tallest structures in the world. The Willis Tower held this title for nearly 25 years. Currently another SOM designed building, the Burj Khalifia tower in Dubia, holds the title as the world's tallest manmade structure at 829.8 metres, (2,722ft). [1]

A company is only a good as those who work for it and SOM has been fortunate to have employed some of the most acclaimed engineers and archeticts including Gordon Bunshaft, David Chiles, and Fazlur Khan. Khan was the engineer behind the aforementioned John Hancock Centre and Willis Tower which earned him the title as one of the greatest structural engineers of the 20th century. [2]

The legacy of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP continues through their innovative and approach to architecture and their ability to continue building marque structures that gather worldwide acclaim. With over major twenty projects currently underway, including the One World Trade Centre in New York City, SOM continues their established reputation by redefining the skylines of cities throughout the world. [3]

Some of SOM's Projects

  • John Hancock Center - 1500ft - world's highest indoor swimming pool - downtown Chicago, IL
  • Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) - 1451 ft - 2nd tallest building in the United States - downtown Chicago, IL
  • Burj Khalifa - 2722ft - world tallest man-made structure- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Olympic Tower 641 Fifth Avenue, New York City
  • Alexandria 201 West 72nd Street, New York City
  • 101 Warren Street New York City
  • Manhattan House 200 East 66th Street, New York City
  • One Magnificent Mile 950 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago


  1. Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill website
  2. Wikipedia
  3. New York City Architects

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