Engines of Freedom Architectural Firm Selected

World Trade Center

New York City, NY


Willis Tower

Chicago, IL



Architectural services for the Engines of Freedom master plan will be provided by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).  One of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the world, SOM’s portfolio includes such renowned icons as the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York.


The master plan is the second of three major design phases required for completion of the Engines of Freedom visitor attraction.  The plan will take approximately four months to complete.  SOM’s role will encompass architectural and engineering services for master plan visioning and architectural concept design.


The SOM project team will be led by Design Partner Brian Lee.  Lee holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  


Lee’s award-winning designs include the China World Trade Center in Beijing (the city’s tallest building); Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou, China; the University of California San Diego Telemedicine Education Building; and the Kia Motors America, Inc., Research and Development Project and Design Center in Irvine, California. A Fellow with the American Institute of Architects, Lee joined SOM in 1979.


Founded in 1936, SOM has completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries.  Other selected SOM design credits include:


  • The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (the world’s tallest building);

  • The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;

  • New York Philharmonic, Avery Fisher Hall, New York;

  • Millennium Park, Chicago;

  • Daley Plaza, Picasso Sculpture, Chicago;

  • Bay Area Children’s Museum, Sausalito, California

  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

  • European Art Galleries Renovation, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and

  • Denver Union Station, Denver, Colorado.

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