Interior Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
A champion of design excellence and member of the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame, Stephen Apking, FAIA, is a leader in innovative and transformational workplace design. At Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), where he serves as the first Interior Design partner in the firm’s 80-year history, he leads teams to complete award-winning interior design for the world’s top institutions.
Stephen’s vision has been pivotal in defining SOM’s interiors studio as a practice focused on the future. His passion lies in working with brands and institutions that possess a deep legacy and international significance, including NATO, the United Nations, the IMF, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase & Co., among many others. Stephen brings particular insight in designing and crafting unique user experiences. His human-centered approach to design is evident in corporate, retail and hospitality projects such as the JTI Headquarters, BBVA Bancomer Global workplace guidelines and implementation, the interior design standards for Charles Schwab retail stores worldwide, as well as various hotel operators including Capella, W Hotels, and the Four Seasons.