HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Sustainability Leader Chris DeVolder Presents at USGBC Georgia’s 2015 Meeting

A sold out crowd of over 200 USGBC members filled the room at the Georgia World Congress Center on to hear HOK’s Chris DeVolder speak alongside Jennifer Ball, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress and Tim Trefzer, Sustainability Manager for the Georgia World Congress Center, on sustainability initiatives and achievements in downtown Atlanta.

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Chris’ portion of the presentation highlighted the industry leading sustainable strategies being implemented on the New Atlanta Stadium, which is striving to reach the highest level of LEED certification that any professional sports facility has ever achieved. As the sustainability director for the project, …

Q+A with HOK’s Stephy Liu, Senior Interior Designer in Beijing

Stephy LiuBased in Beijing, Stephy Liu is a senior project designer with HOK’s interiors group. In this Q+A, Stephy describes trends and challenges she faces working with corporate clients.

1. What are some recent trends in workplace strategy, and how do you apply them in your design approach?

The talent shortage in many large countries – including the U.S. and China – challenges organizations to recruit and retain the best people. Creating vibrant offices that provide flexibility and choices for where, when and how work happens is attracting more attention because a single, all-purpose workstation cannot cope with the complexity and unpredictability of today’s work.

For example, our design for a …

HOK’s St. Louis Office Moves to New Downtown Location

A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms. A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms.

HOK’s St. Louis office recently relocated to 10 S. Broadway in downtown St. Louis, across the street from the Old Courthouse and Ballpark Village. The new open work area is a considerable change from the previous space and allows for increased flexibility, featuring touchdown spaces and collaborative bench seating. A new two-story interior space will offer a variety of work settings for small and large gatherings and opens to a new outdoor street-level patio.

Remembering King Abdullah

King AbdullahIn the fall of 2006, a friend returned from Saudi Arabia and shared a talk that the late Saudi King Abdullah had given. This wise leader talked about his dream to build a new “House of Wisdom.” He envisioned this to be a beacon of peace, hope and reconciliation that would be a model not just for the Middle East but for the world. It was a profoundly moving and optimistic vision for this often tumultuous region.

As luck would have it, a few months later we started working on the design for KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. It was clear that KAUST, a new postgraduate …

ARTIC Grand Opening

2014 was a fantastic year for me.  My architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, celebrated 100 years of existence, I became a California licensed architect, and I finished my first building, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), from start to finish with the VIP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 8 and the General Public Grand Opening on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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BIM Uptake in the UK

Ahead of the UK’s 2016 mandate for fully collaborative 3D BIM, the first National Building Specification & Royal Institute of British Architects BIM panel met to share insights on how the design community – and beyond – can get real value from BIM implementation.

HOK London’s own David Shepherd was invited to participate in this important discussion.

Topics the panel discussed and documented included:

  • People and BIM
  • The future of practice
  • What’s holding it back
  • Government’s role
  • Looking ahead

Read the full report “Ready, Steady, BIM” now on the RIBA Journal website.

HOK’s Net Zero Water Ideation Event: Designing Our Future Through Creative Partnership

Dozens of California communities are starting to dry up. No, they’re not banning alcohol – they’re rapidly running out of water. In response, HOK’s San Francisco office recently hosted a cross-disciplinary, one-day workshop tackling this major problem with the goal of generating actionable ideas for small cities seeking a more resilient water supply.

Brian Jencek, HOK’s design director for planning and landscape architecture for the West Coast region, presents the prototypical case study of “Springfield by the Sea,” a coastal community that is running out of water.

From NASA scientists to environmental non-profit leaders, the event was attended by a group of field-leading experts on scientific research, art, policy, engineering and venture capital from …

Training for the London Marathon – 15 weeks to go…

As I write this blog it does not seem like 5 years have passed since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to share the ups and downs and highs and lows of my physical training in pursuit of a personal goal and more importantly raising money for a great and worthy cause. In 2010 it was Ironman Austria and children’s charity BOSP which grabbed my attention. Five years on and whilst the challenge may appear more straight forward, the cause it just as worthwhile and my circumstances very different.

I am running the London Marathon in support of Hospice UK, the Charity previously known as Help the Hospices and who’s work supports …

HOK at Women in Architecture, Houston

Several outstanding events have taken place as part of the current  AIA Women in Architecture exhibit at the Architecture Center Houston. One of these was the impactful AIA Women in Architecture Leadership Panel  featuring elected women leaders in the American Institute of Architects. HOK is proud to see its own Janis Brackett, 2014 AIA Houston Chapter President, as part of the panel. Janis is a known and proven leader within HOK and in the professional community, an inspiration and mentor to many. Seen below is the power packed panel with Janis on the left.


Currently ongoing through January 16, 2015, Women in Architecture is a compelling exhibit that spotlights contributions women have made to the profession …

Congratulations on 25 years with HOK, Jay Tatum

On December 5, 2014,  the people in HOK’s Houston office gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of Jay Tatum, managing principal for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Congratulations and a big thank you to our fearless leader from all at HOK! photo 1 photo 3 photo photo 5




We Care 2014

Every year Herman Miller hosts the We Care event in support of the Boys & Girls Club of America.  This year the Dallas event served a record 357 kids!!


Our craft supplies ready to get started:

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Our craft this year was candy filled ornaments and we had an assembly line starting with decorating the clear ornament with stickers and jewels and then adding ribbon to the ornament so you could hang it from a tree.  They were also able to choose what kind of candy …

Miami Office Holiday Party

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties…

HOK in Miami took to the big top with a performance at Cirque du Soleil Amaluna.


Victor and Marlene Liriano are pictured in front of the Grand Chapiteau.


Cocktail reception followed at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Turnberry Isle.

Street Art to End Hunger: HOK in New York at CANstruction

Thanks to Shayna Cooper in New York for this guest post.


Fifteen volunteers from HOK’s New York office participated in the 22nd annual CANstruction design/build competition. All of the food products used in the competition are donated to City Harvest, which helps feed 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. HOK has participated in the New York CANstruction event for 20 years.

IMG_7078The team’s design was inspired by the street artist, Banksy, whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The New York office team chose to build Banksy’s work in Williamsburg out …

AIA Miami Wynwood Office Crawl

HOK’s Miami office was the first stop of the night for the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Wynwood Office Crawl sponsored by AIA Miami held on Dec. 11.


The team provided tours of the studio space while guests mixed and mingled.


Tim Blair and Marlene Liriano gave an overview to the group and a Q+A session.



HOK in Miami recognized as Top 3 South Florida ID Firms for 2015

HOK in Miami was recently recognized as a Top 3 South Florida ID Firms for 2015.

This year marks the fourth annual NEWH Top ID List. The 2015 Top 3 South Florida ID Firms are chosen by the Board of Directors of the NEWH/South Florida Chapter.

HOK in Miami was among three South Florida firms that were recognized and promoted as the best in design industry at the Festive Holiday Celebration of Excellence Gala held at the Historic Coral Gables Women’s Club in Coral Gables, Fla., on Dec. 10.

There to accept the award for HOK’s Miami office were Tim Blair and Kristyna Borden.



We Care 2014: Helping Make the Holidays Bright

Thank you to Jacquelyn Suozzi in New York for this guest post.


Each holiday season, Herman Miller and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizes We Care, an event that brings the architecture and design profession together to provide holiday cheer to children in the local community.

We Care NY 2014At We Care, children from the boys and girls club have the opportunity to make gifts to give to their family and friends during the holidays, something they may not otherwise be able to afford. Participating architecture and design firms created a holiday craft for kids ages 5-12. Volunteers man the station and help the kids.

Every year, …

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition: D-breath


Four designers from HOK’s Beijing office – Philip Kwong, Yuhai Cheng, Xiaoqian Yang and Summer Su – entered the firm-wide Net-Zero Design Competition as the team “D-breath.”

The net-zero competition challenged HOK’s teams to create a conceptual net-zero energy design for a building on a site in their local community. Teams were required to use HOK’s Sustainable Analysis Tool to obtain climate data, set energy use intensity (EUI) targets and estimate the size of on-site renewable energy systems required to reach net-zero energy.

The D-breath team designed a public medical office northeast of the 2nd Ring Road in Beijing, where there is a massive air pollution problem. The site sits quietly in the neighborhood of the famous Linked Hybrid …

HOK Toronto Gets Hairy for a Cause

This past November, the HOK Toronto office came together in support of Movember – an initiative committed to changing the face of men’s health.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during “Movember,” formerly known as November, to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide.

This year, that group of 4 million included eight men from HOK’s Toronto office: Calvin Smith, Allen Humphries, Hugo Arriojas, Mike Djukic, Denim Pascucci, Umair Imtiaz, Chansoo Byeon and Rukshan de Silva.

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We sat down with Rukshan’s moustache to …

Build it Forward – 2014

On Saturday November 22nd, HOK Houston along with other members of the Houston design, engineering and construction community, participated in the third annual ACE Mentor Program event Build it Forward, on site at the Marek Brothers Systems construction workshop. The event was designed to raise scholarship funds for the Houston chapter of the ACE Mentor Program while giving students and their mentors an opportunity to give back to their community.


This year, teams constructed 19 outdoor storage benches that were donated to local charitable organizations. The HOK team- Eric Henderson, JaeMan Moon, Carrie Bagnall, and Andres Mendoza, led by Donald Hickman, partnered with mentored students in constructing 2 of the 19 benches. Recipients of …

Thanksgiving in Dallas


Crème Brulee made to order! Even Crème Brulee made to order!

This year I am thankful for… great coworkers who can cook!  HOK Dallas had our annual Thanksgiving Potluck and as usual, the food was amazing.  I couldn’t quite tell if I was in a food coma or having sugar rushes for the rest of the afternoon but when you work with chefs like these, you have to try everything, right?


Happy Turkey Day!

The Education Construction Network (ECN) Conference November 2014

The theme of day one was what is ‘exemplar’ in terms of education buildings? What was discussed during the day was what exactly is ‘Exemplar’ is and that it is distinctly different from ‘Exemplary’ with exemplary being a thing of value and a desirable model, where exemplar is a typical example, a pattern to be replicated. It highlighted the difference between the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) desire to build exemplary schools, where the current Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) is creating typical schools which can be easily, quickly and cost effectively built.

This discussion made me think that there has to be a balance which can exist between the two different approaches, the high aspirations of the BSF programme …

HOK Wins Awards & Cover Story at Healthcare Design Conference

HOK received two Healthcare Environment Awards at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego last month: Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital is the Acute Care winner, and the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Infusion Therapy and Ambulatory Treatment Center received an Ambulatory Care honorable mention.  It was great to see my HOK colleagues up on the stage in front of thousands of people.

Bill Roger, Shiva Mendez and Donald Cremers accept the award for Mt. Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

It was also very cool to see the newly opened Eskenazi Hospital grace the cover of the Healthcare Design Magazine that was issued to every conference attendee.  What a pleasant surprise it was to …

Happy Thanksgiving

This annual ‘delicious’ thanksgiving luncheon that brings all of us here in Houston together to mark the beginning of the holiday season is definitely one of my favorite office traditions! In addition to the classics that get brought in, the wide variety of  foods from different cultures seen on the table is the best representation of the diverse group we have here!  A big thank you to Cindy Landry for leading this massive undertaking with an army of volunteers responsible for table set up, flower decoration, food set up, labeling, holiday centerpieces, clean up and storage! THANKSGIVING

Making Hunger Extinct: HOK in Houston at CANstruction

This year the “CANstruction” team from HOK’s Houston office decided to go big and craft a mighty T-Rex to help make hunger extinct!


Several Houston-area architects, engineers and construction firms competed to build creative and ingenious “CANsculptures” with canned food and other non-perishable food items. All items were then donated to the Houston Food Bank to benefit the less fortunate throughout the greater Houston area.

A big shout out to the HOK team – Matt LeinartDavid Baldacchino, Randy Taylor, Todd Neisner, Diana Codispoti, Richard Bugbee, Ceci Bugbee, Lindsey Merz, Hilary Jones, Chris Roberts and Francisco Silva along with Linbeck construction for crafting this giant creation from over 4,800 cans of food. Seen in the picture above is part of the …

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition Winner: soLAr


Five designers from HOK’s Los Angeles office – Jessica Ginther, Frank Cauthen, Jamila Valero, Zach Capehart and Kris Surichamorn – competed in the firm-wide Net Zero Design Competition as the team “soLar.”

The net-zero competition challenged HOK’s teams to create a conceptual net-zero energy design for a building on a site in their local communities. Teams were required to use HOK’s Sustainable Analysis Tool to obtain climate data, set energy use intensity (EUI) targets and estimate the size of on-site renewable energy systems required to reach net-zero energy.

The soLar team designed a mixed-use building on a site in downtown Los Angeles. The team’s design won first place in the internal HOK …

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Festival of the Trees 2014

HOK Hospitality Interiors Team Nets Top Award at Tabletop Challenge

HOK at the TxA Convention

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition: Feedback Hydronics

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