Michelle Pinkston Ohle
Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, Michelle is a landscape architect in St. Louis who loves working with the element of our physical environment that is alive and ever-changing. She joined HOK to work at projects of every scale - and because she enjoyed arguing with Jim during her first interview and thought it would be a fun place to work.
After graduating from Iowa State University, Michelle joined Thomas Balsley Associates in New York City before joining HOK.
When she is not working or designing, she can be found sewing Christmas stockings, iPod covers and little monsters. Her favorite is sewing superhero capes in both children's and adult sizes.
Though the KAUST campus in Saudi Arabia and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have been two of her coolest projects, Michelle enjoys working on the small landscape details as much as the large-scale stuff. She loves working across different teams and hanging out with the St. Louis team outside of work. She adores her cats Beefer, Oskar, and Nixon, who she claims is "uber-charming and charismatic to your face before he goes behind your back and eats a whole roll of toilet paper," and was recently married to her long-time partner, Tom Ohle.
According to Michelle, HOK stands for:
History: It’s a big firm that has been around for more than half a century.
Originality: There are so many things that we are doing outside the box.
K (c)ontemporary and K(c)ollaborative: whatever, I can spell them however I want!