Scott Duncan

CTBUH Trustee

SOM, Design Partner | Chicago, United States

Scott Duncan is a Design Partner at SOM, where he leads the design of large-scale high-rise projects in Chicago and in cities around the world. Duncan is a leader in sustainable design and technological innovation and has championed the firm’s vision for integrated design. The designer of some of SOM’s most influential recent work, Duncan’s design philosophy centers on solutions leading teams of experts in engineering, sustainability, high performance design, urban design, and interior design to realize highly contextual and impactful work designed to improve the lives of people around the world.

Duncan has amassed extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects throughout Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States—including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments. Notable projects…

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Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015; China 2016; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)

Live-Streamed Conference, Chicago Steering Committee (Chair 2020 – 2021)


26 October 2015

2015 New York Conference Session 1a Questions & Answers session with speakers Scott Duncan, SOM, Greg Yager, RTKL, and Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates.


17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...


17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall...