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Michael P. Pfeffer, AIA | Notes of Interest

Michael is an architect and project manager at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago. His recent promotion to director makes him one of the youngest architects in the firm’s history to hold this position. His career reflects a balance among professional service to clients around the globe, the highest standards of design excellence, and firm roots in his community.

With projects that span four continents and 26 cities and range in scale from entire city plans to tall towers to small rail stations, he manages some of the world’s most complex projects on a daily basis and has made more than 30 trips between Chicago and China in just the past two years. His role on the international stage is augmented by his steadfast commitment to his community, where he volunteers with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, Windy City Habitat for Humanity, and Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative. As a recently elected member of Habitat’s board of directors, Michael has a vision for how to help young architects get construction experience on Habitat sites while also bringing additional SOM resources to support the organization.

In addition to his projects, Mike is also a leader, role model, and mentor for the younger architects in his firm. Soon after his arrival at SOM, he helped create its Intern Development Program Committee. He is a leader of the firm’s High Performance Design initiative, a new methodology for defining, analyzing, and synthesizing metrics for carbon reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, human comfort, and waste. He also helped start SOM’s “One Goal,” an office-wide forum that enables employees to organize educational activities, group sports and events, civic and charitable outreach, and sustainability initiatives.

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2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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