The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), with its culture of inter-practice innovation, design excellence and commitment to the city where the firm was founded, has earned the 2011 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Chicago chapter. The award is the organization's highest honor a firm can receive. It recognizes outstanding achievements by a firm, excellence in the body of work produced by the firm, and the contribution made by the firm to the advancement of the architectural profession in the areas of design, research, planning, technology and architectural practice.

The Firm Award Jury concisely summarized SOM Chicago's qualifications in the following statement:

"Skidmore Owings & Merrill is the jury's unanimous choice for AIA Chicago's 2011 Firm of the Year. It is evident in the submission that SOM has a distinct culture that is collaborative and team-oriented with a history of high aspirations for design excellence. For the professional community, SOM's innovation continues to impact and inform tall building design around the world, while it is also evident that SOM is an involved and active citizen of Chicago, reaching outside of itself to positively impact the community and its organizations."

SOM Chicago will celebrate this honor with members of the design community at the AIA Chicago annual meeting and awards presentation on Friday, December 9, 2011 held at ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago.