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    Thomas Behr

    Managing Director, SOM

    Thomas Behr is a director in SOM's New York office. Behr joined the firm in 2000 and has worked on a diverse range of international projects including master plans, commercial buildings, mixed-use developments, educational, sports, and hospitality projects.  
    Behr started his career at SOM as a designer before assuming the position of a project manager in 2004. Behr has completed projects in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and India.  
    After predominantly working on European projects in his early years at SOM, Behr shifted his focus to the Middle East. He is currently managing the Kuwait University Administration Facilities and Student Activity and Athletic Facilities, Iconic Development in Dubai, a mixed-use hotel development in Jeddah and Al Khobar, and the King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center. He is also overseeing and coordinating SOM’s overall efforts in the Middle East. In addition to being a managing director, Behr is also the general manager of the Abu Dhabi office.

     

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with an 80-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award — in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.

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