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Late SOM Architect Bruce Graham Honored

In Recognition of Graham’s 40-year Career in Chicago, the Tribute to the Mastermind of the Willis (Sears) Tower and John Hancock Center Included the Dedication of Honorary Bruce J. Graham Way

October 28, 2010 (Chicago) – More than 500 people gathered at the Art Institute of Chicago on October 14 to celebrate the illustrious career of the late, famed Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect, Bruce Graham. This tribute event featured renowned leaders in the architecture, design and construction industries who gathered to pay tribute to Graham’s legacy and extraordinary contributions to the skylines of the city of Chicago and major metropolitan areas around the world.

As part of the memorial activities, the Graham family, joined by Graham’s colleagues and friends from SOM joined Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, to dedicate the streets to the south and east sides of theJohn Hancock Center – one of Graham’s most iconic achievements – as Honorary Bruce J. Graham Way.

“Mr. Graham was a great architect, a great boss, and a great mentor,” said Richard Tomlinson, a Managing Partner of the SOM Chicago office. “He was a pioneer for our city and our firm, and his accomplishments completely transformed Chicago into the skyline that so many Chicagoans take pride in today.”

Throughout his life, and until his death in March 2010, Bruce Graham considered Chicago to be the best architectural city in the United States. Today, much of that title can be attributed to Graham’s architectural vision of the city. Buildings designed by Graham have become irreplaceable, iconic landmarks in the city of Chicago, including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower),John Hancock CenterInland Steel Building andMcCormick Place North, among others. Graham also designed numerous buildings across the United States and throughout the world.

Honorary Bruce J. Graham Way runs along Chestnut Street between Mies van der Rohe Street and Michigan Avenue and along Mies van der Rohe Street – named after famed architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe- between Chestnut and Delaware Streets.

Video Tribute to Bruce J. Graham

http://www.som.com/content.cfm/late_som_architect_bruce_graham_honored

http://www.som.com/content.cfm/bruce_graham_tribute

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