03/06/14, SO – IL breaks ground on the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis

SO – IL announces the groundbreaking on March 1, 2014 for the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis in Davis, CA. Designed by SO – IL, in a design-build partnership with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Whiting-Turner, the design advances the fundamental notion of the art museum in the 21st century.

The new Shrem Museum of Art heightens an awareness of place, by combining exhibition, education, and event spaces under a 50,000 square foot smooth permeable veil, the “Grand Canopy.” The proposal offers a dynamic and informal portfolio of experiences, activities, and places for collaboration and reflection, both inside and outside alike. The shaded landscape created by the canopy will become a new platform for the University, a place for the active production of cultural experiences and a new symbol for the arts on campus. This forward-looking museum design conceives the art museum of the future as flexible and open; not a static shrine, but a constantly evolving public event.

Press Release

02/16/14, Blueprint Exhibition Opens at KAdE

Curated by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO – IL, and artist Sebastiaan Bremer, Blueprint/Blauwdruk is open at Kunsthal KAdE through March 23, 2014.

For the show, we have asked artists and architects to look back at their practice and identify one “fundamental” work: the first piece that could serve as a blueprint of their mature work. The exhibition features blueprint of or based on that “generative” work, as well as projections of several examples of the artists’ practices it sparked. This mode of exhibition also reflects the current art market: contemporary art is often seen and sold in a digital, compressed version, and the original work remains out of reach for most people – tucked away in warehouses, vaults and private collections. It is our hope that when arts funding eventually recovers, we can recreate this show a third time, but with the original works instead of prints and digital files. In a sense, then, this show is a blueprint itself, for an exhibition about artistic growth and possibility – one we hope to realize soon.


12/18/13, SO – IL Shortlisted for Arts Cluster in Arnhem, NL

The team of SO – IL and Architectuurstudio HH (AHH) has been shortlisted for The Arts Cluster, a planned development along the Rhine river in the inner city of Arnhem. Other shortlisted firms include Kengo Kuma and Associates, BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, NL Architects, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

Announced in October 2013, the project will bring together Museum Arnhem (MMKA) and Focus Filmtheater Arnhem (FFA) in a new cultural facility in Rijnboog (expected GFA 8,500 m2), the southern part of Arnhem’s inner city.

Read the official press release

Selected Press:
Arch Daily

11/12/13, SO – IL completes new installation “Spiky”

SO – IL completes a new installation “Spiky” – a serial conic canopy made of expanded metal mesh – in the Beijing Olympic Park adjacent to the Beijing National Stadium.

“Spiky” was realized as part of the 5th China International Architectural Biennial 2013 in Beijing, China, which included installations by Mohsen Mostafavi, Herzog & de Meuron and Zaha Hadid.

Selected Press:
Design Boom

11/01/13, SO – IL selected to design arts incubator at New Museum

The New Museum has commissioned SO – IL to design their new incubator for art, technology, and design. Slated to open in summer 2014 in the Museum’s adjacent building at 231 Bowery, this new not-for-profit initiative aims to create a hybrid educational and professional workspace—a dynamic 24/7 center where more than sixty start-up and creative entrepreneurs will gather. SO – IL’s proposal will address the notion that there are different modes of working, from concentrated work alone or in small groups, to having meetings with external consultants, or Skype calls. The renovation will involve a set of elements that can be adjusted to suit a constantly evolving program.

Press Release

Selected Press:
Architectural Record

09/13/13, Lectures, Fall 2013

Sept 18 University of California at Berkeley
Sept 23 CCA, San Francisco
Sept 28 13er Congreso Internacional de Arquitectos, Panama City, Panama
Oct 10 New York Institute of Technology TEDx Talk
Oct 12 Storefront for Art and Architecture, “Since Now, From Then”
Oct 29 Cooper Union
Oct 30 Rice University
Nov 14 AIA of Central PA (Lancaster)

05/01/13, SO – IL wins competition for UC Davis Art Museum!!!

SO – IL wins competition for UC Davis Art Museum!!!



02/13/13, Upcoming lectures

Feb 18 Santo Domingo (DR)
Feb 25 Maryland (MICA)
March 7  Cooper Union, NY (Emerging Voices)
March 27 The Boston Architectural College
April 11 Portland, MN (Architalx)
May 23   Arnhem, Netherlands

02/12/13, SO – IL winner Emerging Voices 2013

Each year the Architectural League in NYC selects eight emerging practitioners. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Being named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program has a superb track record over its thirty-year history of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices.  For a complete list of past winners, click here.

01/17/13, Kukje nominated for DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2013

Our design for Kukje Gallery has been nominated for DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2013  in the category Architecture by the Design Museum in London and will be on display at the museum from March 20 till July 7.

01/15/13, SO – IL is Best Firm Making Its Debut in Record

Architectural Record selected SO – IL as ‘Best Firm Making Its Debut in Record’ for Editor’s Picks: Best Architecture of 2012.


12/03/12, SO – IL selected as finalist for UC Davis Art Museum

The University of California at Davis is tapping three innovative architect-contractor teams to compete in the creation of a design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. SO – IL has partnered with Whiting Turner and BCJ and has been selected as one of three finalists. press release

12/03/12, NEWS NEWS NEWS

see our Newsletter #5

11/11/12, Benetton chooses SO – IL

Benetton selected SO – IL to design their new

flagship store on 5th Avenue.

10/20/12, Kukje selected as finalist in 2012 Innovation by Design Awards

Kukje Gallery has been selected as a finalist in the

Spaces category in Fast Company’s 2012 Innovation By Design Awards.

06/05/12, Newsletter #4

Newsletter #4 went out!

05/15/12, Domus features SO – IL

Domus in May features 2 projects of SO – IL + cover and editorial.

05/04/12, Frieze Art Fair NYC opens to the public

Friday May 4th at 12:00 pm the Frieze Art Fair in NYC opens to the public. Design by SO –


04/02/12, Kukje Gallery opens to the public

Thursday April 5th at 17:00 Kukje Gallery opens the SO – IL designed gallery space with a Paul McCarthy show.

03/16/12, Shortlisted for Z33 museum extension

SO – IL is thrilled to be shortlisted as one of five teams to compete for the renovation and extension of Z33 - the pioneering house for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium. (z33.be)

03/16/12, Financial Times Profile

The Financial Times honored us with a feature covering Frieze and Kukje Gallery, which will open April 4th.

03/16/12, NEWS!!!

Newsletter #3 available

03/16/12, Logan wins AIA Award

SO – IL received the 2012 AIA NY Honors Award in the Interiors category for a work space designed for production company Logan consisting of two 65-foot continuous work tables and support spaces.