This brief documentary introduces you to one of the leading architects of the modern era, Bruce J. Graham, who joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in 1951 and was a design partner in the Chicago office from 1960 to 1989, the period during which the firm emerged as one of the most influential forces in modern American commercial architecture.

Perhaps best known for the design of Chicago’s John Hancock and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the video illuminates his collaborative working relationship with pioneering structural engineer Fazlur Khan.

One of Bruce’s lasting legacies at SOM was his belief in the importance of a collaborative design process--a process that was evident in the 180 completed buildings executed under his direction.

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