Leo Chow

SOM, Design Partner | San Francisco, United States


As an architect, educator, and global citizen, Leo is committed to creating better cities and places for people. He practices interdisciplinary design by engaging a variety of stakeholders in the realization of architecture and urban projects across the globe, including mixed-use complexes, workplace projects, residential towers, higher education facilities, science buildings, and urban plans.

His approach emphasizes collaboration and integration of a variety of disciplines—structural engineering, environmental design, and digital analysis—to address complex functional and performance challenges. The result is an architecture that is responsive to each client’s needs, with careful consideration of climate, local ecologies, social context, and constructability.


Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018; Chicago 2020)


31 May 2018

A Diagrid of Distinction Enables a Sun-Lit, Social Skyscraper

Poly International Plaza is the first structure of its kind – incorporating a four-story, pure-axial load, super-diagrid frame without perimeter columns. Through its technical and...


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01 September 2017

Site | Structure | Architecture – Projects that Create Change

Leo Chow & Mark P. Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

China’s rapid growth has created great opportunities for design and construction of projects that not only transform sites but cities. This work combines local, national,...


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