About the SOM Foundation

On September 6th, the SOM Foundation is hosting the inaugural International Research and Design Forum in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, featuring leading researchers and design practitioners from around the world. Find out more about the full-day event here.


The SOM Foundation supports individuals with the highest design aspirations and enables them, through research and travel, to broaden their horizons and achieve excellence in their professional or academic careers. 

Currently, the Foundation awards the following prizes and fellowships:

The programs of the SOM Foundation are funded through an endowment established by the partners of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The Foundation's activities are wholly separate from those of the firm.