Bruce Graham/ SOM

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Bruce Graham/ SOM

(b. Bogota, Colombia 1925)

Bruce Graham was born in Bogota, Colombia of American parents in 1925. He studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio and at the Case School of Applied Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 with a degree in architecture. Following a stint in the offices of Holabird and Roche, he accepted the position of Chief of Design at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. In 1960 he became a general partner.

One of the leading American designers of high-rise buildings, Graham played a leading role in establishing the Miesian building principles which would affect Chicago commercial architecture during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the most enthusiastic practitioners of the Miesian manner, he never actually studied with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Graham developed several significant skyscrapers which utilized the revolutionary tubular frame principle. In the late 1970s Graham and SOM expanded internationally. As the popularity of the Miesian look waned, Graham shifted to a more lyrical and complex building style.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p303-304.

Resources Sources on Bruce Graham/ SOM

Bruce Graham. Bruce Graham of SOM. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1989. ISBN 0-8478-1087-9. LC 89-42 689. NA737.G715B7 1989. discussion p46. Exterior photo of buiding in context, f73 p49. — out of print, but you can request a hunt for this book at

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