SO–IL creates spaces and objects for future culture.
SO–IL was born in New York in 2008.
Diverse in origin, our team of collaborators speaks a dozen languages and is informed by global narratives and perspectives. We are both locally-rooted and nationless, coming together as a mid-size, well-recognized company. With our ambitious private and public clients, we explore how the creation of environments and objects inspires lasting positive intellectual and societal engagement.
In a digitized world that increasingly draws one inward, our architecture is outward-looking, engendering meaningful dialogue with what is materially and psychologically outside of ourselves. Our concept home for nomadic living in Milan encourages an active awareness of life beyond routine. At the University of California, Davis campus, we designed a museum that cultivates an intentionally open-ended relationship between the visitor and the site at the outset.
We design with time in mind. Whether working with existing structures or building from the ground, we carefully investigate physical properties and history. In Meisenthal, France, we transformed an industrial heritage site into a thriving cultural campus in this way. Our interventions are both respectful of their pasts and adaptable to a dynamic future.
We have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and Frankfurter Allgemeine. Our work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Our team has received numerous accolades, including the Vilcek Award, the Curbed Groundbreakers Award, and the MoMAPS1 Young Architects Program Award.
Our New York practice is led by Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg.
We cultivate a culture that celebrates our individuality by recognizing and respecting our differences.
We recognize that the lack of representation in our profession is the result of systemic issues that create unequal access to opportunity at all levels. We’ve convened an internal task force to lead ongoing development and track the progress of practices and policies intended to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion at SO–IL. We strive to maintain an office composition with no less than 50% female managers and at least 40% BIPOC at upper management levels.
Our mandate to advance equity and inclusion extends beyond our internal practices to include how we conduct business. We have a strong sense of responsibility to expand representation in our profession. We refer to consultants and partners from underrepresented backgrounds and encourage our clients to involve minority-owned contractors. We commit to including 12.5% Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) partners when compiling project teams.
SO–IL is a female majority-owned business. Our Women’s Business Enterprise application is pending approval. This initiative signals our commitment to increasing the visibility of women and other minorities working in the profession.