Kenneth A. Lewis is a Partner in SOM’s New York office. He joined the firm in 1986 and has worked on a diverse range of projects including mixed-use developments, commercial and residential towers, corporate headquarters, and healthcare facilities.
Lewis began his career at SOM as a designer, serving as senior designer on numerous projects such as Time Warner Center and 2525 West End Avenue in New York City; UBS Warburg Center in Stamford, Connecticut; Check Point Charlie Block 105 in Berlin, Germany; and the Rio Office Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He went on to distinguish himself as a talented project manager, helping to facilitate the design process for some of SOM’s most innovative projects. With a special focus on New York, Lewis has managed and brought to successful completion several projects of enormous scale, complexity, and visibility, including the award-winning Time Warner Center, 7 World Trade Center, and One World Trade Center. Current high-profile projects include 250 West 55th Street and Brookfield Office Properties' Manhattan West Development.
Many of Lewis's projects have achieved, or are slated to achieve, Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council LEED® CS rating system. Lewis was also closely involved in the development of the sustainability design guidelines for the World Trade Center. Moreover, Lewis is a principal of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a research collaboration between SOM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With a focus on developing new sustainable materials and technologies, CASE blends private sector practicality, academic exploration, and scientific rigor to seek emergent technologies and develop them for practical applications in buildings.
Lewis is active in the public realm, and his projects have been honored with numerous design awards. He is an adjunct faculty member at Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. His studios focus on mixed-use projects, the public realm, and resiliency.