HOK Chairman and Sustainability Pioneer Bill Valentine Retires after 50 Years

Bill Valentine has retired after half a century with HOK. Bill joined HOK in 1962, straight from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and, thankfully, never left. In 1970, at the request of HOK Founding Partner Gyo Obata, Bill headed west from St. Louis to California to open HOK’s San Francisco office. Bill, who championed the firm’s early adoption of sustainability as a core value in the 1990s, served as president of HOK from 2000­­-2007 and chairman from 2007-2012.

Here is a video celebrating Bill’s first 50 years of design at HOK:

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You also can watch a collection of YouTube videos featuring Bill.

Throughout his career, Bill has been a frequent speaker and author on sustainable design. In 2007, in recognition of his commitment to design excellence and sustainable design leadership, Valentine accepted the “Legend” Award at the Annual Interiors Awards hosted by Contract magazine.

Bill led the design of HOK projects including the Moscone Center and Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco; King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi, Arabia; Biogen Idec’s R&D Campus in San Diego; Apple’s headquarters campus in Cupertino; Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose; and Microsoft’s Augusta campus in Redmond, Wash. Most recently, he led the design of a new LEED Platinum headquarters for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Bill’s ideas about really helping clients solve their problems instead of designing for our egos have become part of how HOK’s designers approach projects,” said HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy, Bill’s friend and colleague for the past 45 years. “That design approach is the direct result of fifty years with Bill Valentine.”

Read more about Bill’s career, projects and “philosophy of less” on his Wikipedia page.

  1. June 13th, 2012 - 9:56 am

    Congrats to Bill on a job well done !

  2. July 9th, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    Say it’s not so Bill, say it’s not so! Congratulations on not only a job well done but your years of service to a firm I know you truly love as one of its thought leaders and forward thinkers. HOK is the firm it is today because of your leadership. It was my priviledge to have worked for you, with you and call you a friend. Good luck and here’s wishing you well on the next phase of your life wherever that might be and whereever it might take you. Keep in touch when you can find the time from your retirement…LOL.

  3. August 21st, 2012 - 3:07 pm
    Joanna Thompson-Zane said:

    How well I remember you in the days of yesteryear with Ron. Congratulations to you and family.

    Joanna Thompson-Zane

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