Having begun his career at SOM’s Chicago office, Kent relocated to London in 1999, where he leads projects throughout Europe and internationally. Under his leadership, the London office has undertaken numerous significant projects including the renovation of the United Nations’ Palais de
Nations complex; the construction of a new JTI headquarters in Geneva; the design of Scandinavia’s tallest building, Karlatornet, in Gothenburg; and the award-winning Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey residential tower adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

As a leader of SOM’s climate action group, Kent strives to advance the firm’s pledge to meet the RIBA and AIA 2030 and 2050 commitments towards a net-zero built environment. In his role as Global Ambassador for the World Green Building Council, he works to amplify the call to action for governments and policymakers to accelerate the transition to net-zero carbon buildings.

Kent has spoken widely at conferences and architectural schools around the world. In 2015 he was invited by TEDxUCL to present an innovative research project focused on the need to deliver high-quality, sustainable homes to address the housing crisis in London.

  • Speaker Kent Jackson
  • Talk Title Urban Sequoia a concept for envisioning “forests” of buildings
  • Category 2022 Speaker