At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.
Success at SOM Means
Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.
Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.
Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.
You will be responsible for implementing in the NY office, SOM’s roadmap to carbon neutral design, by facilitating and integrating sustainable strategies and technologies into all project goals, priorities and project deliverables. Must be capable of clear communication among team members, sub-consultants and clients for sustainable design projects. Responsible for monitoring and documenting project progress of sustainable strategies/technologies and all appropriate reporting and communications. Cultivates professional relationships within and outside of SOM and leads/mentors when appropriate.
Energy / carbon leader with respect to research, calculation, policy and application.
Proactively seeks engagement in projects to integrate sustainable strategies and ensure sustainable thinking is at the core of SOM designs.
Communicates sustainable design and engineering systems ideas to clients and MEP consultants through graphics, images and analyses and is able to sustain technical discussions.
Challenges and peer-reviews energy, water, and sustainability ideas from external consultants.
Engages in external collaborations with academia, governments and private entities to advance SOM position in the industry.
Remains current on issues related to sustainable and green building design, US Green Building activities and various versions of the LEED Green Building Rating System.
Inspires, mentors and educates designers on sustainable design and the latest engineering technologies.
Manages team resourcing, project budget, and develops proposals.
Contributes to firmwide innovation for zero carbon design
Contributes to the development of standards and procedures for energy and carbon reduction.
Actively leads projects, teams and initiatives.
Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.
Effective at communicating and promoting the work of the firm.
Directly trains and mentors team members and, more broadly, architectural, engineers, interiors, planning and graphics staff in the office and at large as appropriate.
Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.
Coordinates and supports business development, public relations, and marketing opportunities.
Protects SOM from financial and legal risk.
8+ years of experience in sustainable design and/or mechanical system design
Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, engineering, environmental engineering or other related field is required
Master’s Degree in architecture, engineering, environmental engineering or other related field is preferred
Experience with Local Law 97 compliance and global carbon-based policies is required
Demonstrated knowledge and use of USGBC’s LEED program(s), WELL, and other green building rating programs.
Active participation in professional organizations leading sustainable or green building initiatives
Demonstrated ability to perform independent research on state-of-the-art technologies and integrated design strategies for high performance design
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and commitment to work within the integrated design team structure
Demonstrated technical knowledge of sustainable strategies, including renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, and implementation through building design and construction phases
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign preferred
Expert knowledge of HVAC systems and heat transfer principles
Knowledge of current environmental simulation tools and engineering technologies
Knowledge of climate science and effects of climate change
Knowledge of human comfort, health, and wellness
Ability to work on multiple projects and assignments firmwide
Excellent team player
LEED / WELL Accredited Professional is preferred.
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s commitment to design excellence—coupled with our sophistication in building technology—has resulted in some of the most important contributions to the built environment of this century. As an interdisciplinary practice, we have award-winning studios in architecture, structural engineering, urban design and master planning, interior design, and graphic design.
Our landmark projects include Sears Tower and John Hancock Tower in Chicago, Lever House in New York, and the Bank of America Headquarters Tower in San Francisco. Recent work in San Francisco includes the iconic San Francisco Airport International Terminal, the Transbay Terminal Area Master Plan, St. Regis Hotel and Residences, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Our unique presence in the Far East, especially China, includes recent award winning projects such as the Pearl River Tower, Poly Guangzhou, The New Beijing Poly Plaza, Nanjing Jinao Tower, and Jinling Hotel Tower.
In keeping with our legacy as pioneers of design and building technology, we are increasingly incorporating building information modeling (BIM) systems and sustainability solutions into our design process.... Our firm was also awarded a patent for a device developed by our structural engineering practice that mitigates seismic damage in buildings.
Our far-reaching portfolio includes higher education buildings, health care facilities, civic buildings, residential developments, corporate offices, financial institutions, commercial and retail facilities, religious buildings, airports, and recreational and sports facilities.
SOM is an international practice, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.