Since joining HOK in 1995, Chicago native Riccardo Mascia has held leadership positions at HOK offices in Mexico City, Madrid, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. In 2010, he returned to Hong Kong as managing principal of HOK’s fast-growing Asia-Pacific practice. In addition to leading these HOK offices in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, Riccardo is a member of HOK’s Executive Committee.
Riccardo attended UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture. “UCLA created a wonderful environment to take design instruction from living legends like Frank Gehry, to listen to Richard Meier give informal talks and to interact with Rem Koolhaas, who roamed the studio at night,” he remembers.
Much of Riccardo’s inspiration for his work comes from something he learned at UCLA. “My thesis advisor, Dagmar Ritcher, taught me how to question convention and take a seed of a good idea and transform it into something truly exceptional," he says. "The key is to then be relentless in pursuing its implementation. That’s what I strive to do every day.”