Rod Garrett, design director of the Washington, D.C., office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, died suddenly on June 27 while in Chicago, attending the American Institute of Architects convention. Garrett would have turned 54 on Aug. 7.Garrett, who joined SOM in 1986, focused on public and institutional projects and was considered an expert in the public agency and review process."He was recognized that way," says Mark Regulinski, managing director of SOM's New York City and Washington, D.C., offices. "He got his AIA fellowship designation on the strength of his expertise," he adds.GarrettHis recent projects include the master plan and
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.