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32_Skidmore Owings & Merrill

32_Skidmore  Owings & Merrill

Known for snazzy corporate headquarters, the firm also designed the elegant Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, and the award-winning LEED Silver masterpiece for the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, SOM won 54 awards in 2008, with its most mind-boggling efforts rising in the Middle East and China. “SOM has the ability to think locally and design globally,” says Rick Bell, executive director of the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter and a juror for the International Architecture Awards. Here are five examples from the 54 cities where most of its work is concentrated.FCS