As the technical practice leader of SOM’s interior design studios and leader of the New York office’s High Performance Design practice, Brian Kaplan is responsible for the firm's dedication to quality in design, documentation, process and performance. Through continued advocacy for sustainability across and beyond the design community, he reinforces the role architects and designers play in improving the health and well-being of the occupants of the buildings and spaces they create. He dedicates his time to educating staff, students and colleagues about making decisions that include building occupants and space users in addition to traditional performance criteria.
Brian’s work has been published in Architectural Record, Metropolis, Interior Design, Contract and Elle Decor. Project awards include a 2018 Interior Design Best of Year award, AIA-NY merit awards and Mexico’s highest sustainability honor. He was recently recognized with the 2017 Service Award from Urban Green, the USGBC’s New York Chapter.