Teknion / May 18, 2013

Ken Lewis

As the first office tower to rise on the World Trade Center site, One World Trade Center recaptures the New York skyline, reasserts downtown Manhattan’s preeminence as a business center and establishes a new civic icon for the country. Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, SOM Director and Project Manager of One World Trade Center, will present the project’s design solution – an innovative mix of architecture, structure, urban design, safety and sustainability – as the new landmark approaches completion.

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Ken Lewis


About Ken Lewis

Kenneth A. Lewis is a Director in SOM’s New York office. He joined the firm in 1986 and has served on a diverse range of projects including mixed-use developments, commercial towers, corporate headquarters, and healthcare facilities. Mr. Lewis began his career at SOM as a designer, serving as Senior Designer on Columbus Center, 2525 West End Avenue, UBS Warburg Centerin Stamford, Connecticut, and the Rio Office Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among other numerous projects. He went on to distinguish himself as a talented Project Manager, helping to facilitate the design process for some of SOM’s most complex and innovative projects. Mr. Lewis has managed and brought to successful completion several projects of enormous scale, complexity, and visibility, including the award-winning 2.8 million sf mixed-use Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York and the 1.7 million sf 7 World Trade Centerin Lower Manhattan, and Brookfield Properties’ Hudson Yards Competition Entry. Mr. Lewis is currently managing the 3.5 million sf One World Trade Center, (Freedom Tower), which broke ground in July of 2004. Other projects include Brookfield Properties’ 4.5 million sf Manhattan West Development and 250 West 55th Street, a 1 million sf Class A Office in Manhattan, currently under construction. All of the projects Ken is managing are slated to achieve a Gold rating under the USGBC LEED® CS rating system. He was also closely involved in the development of sustainability design guidelines for the World Trade Center. He is active in the public realm, and his projects have been honored with numerous design awards.