This interview by Rahim Kanani originally appeared on Forbes.com.
In an interview with Julia Monk, Senior Vice President and Director of Hospitality Interiors at HOK—a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm—we discussed the concept of sustainable design, the kinds of lessons she’s learned over the years as it relates to design that incorporates environmental and social dimensions, where the sector is heading over the coming years, and much more.
Rahim Kanani: What inspired you to enter the world of hospitality, architecture and design?
Julia Monk: I had two heroes when I was growing up: my dad and my aunt. My dad was an architectural and civil engineer who encouraged …
By: Paul Woolford
The Bay Area is a crucible of global innovation. All around us, entrepreneurial organizations focused on everything from information technology to scientific research are continuously reinventing the nature of what they do. The proximity of these organizations and their people fosters symbiotic relationships and an inherent drive for innovation.
Yet our design and construction firms – those of us charged with imagining and building the environments that help the creative people in these organizations remake the world – have been nibbling around the edges when it comes to bringing meaningful innovation to our work. Understanding that while we’ve had some technological progress, we’re largely designing and building the way we …
Thanks to Gigi Jiang in HOK’s Beijing office for this guest post.
Hui Dang, architect and senior project manager in HOK’s Beijing office, talks about her career at HOK and the experience for women in today’s changing Chinese workplace.
What is your favorite aspect of working at HOK?
HD: I enjoy being a communicator between the client and HOK and, at the same time, being an honest, sincere friend and counselor to the design team. The most enjoyable part of my work is challenging our teams to be as demanding as our clients.
What does it mean to be a woman in today’s Chinese workplace?
HD: In China today, work life …
Alan Bright, FAIA, design principal in HOK’s San Francisco office, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects 2014 Jury of Fellows. According to the AIA, the Fellowship program “honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.” Alan becomes one of only about 3,000 members of the 80,000 AIA members to receive this honor.
Since joining HOK in 1984, Alan has dedicated his career to transforming the design of justice facilities, aviation, healthcare, civic, commercial and science and technology facilities.
“Alan Bright is improving the practice of architecture …
Thanks to Kelly Morrison in HOK’s Los Angeles office for contributing this guest post.
Ernest Cirangle, FAIA, design director in HOK’s Los Angeles office, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects 2014 Jury of Fellows. According to the AIA, the Fellowship program “honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.” Ernest becomes one of only about 3,000 members of the 80,000 AIA members to receive this honor.
Since joining HOK in 1982, Ernest has dedicated his career to transforming the design of aviation, …
(This post on biomimicry by Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, director of design in HOK’s San Francisco office, first appeared in Wired’s Innovation Insights community site.)
All around us, entrepreneurial organizations focused on everything from information technology to scientific research are continuously reinventing the nature of what they do. Yet design and construction firms — those of us charged with imagining and building the environments that help the creative people in these organizations remake the world — are largely designing and building the way we have for centuries.
One could argue that the last fundamental innovation in the built environment was the mid-20th century …
The HOK buildingSMART team is proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual HOK BIM Awards! This internal competition seeks projects that exhibit exemplary use of integrated and interoperable building information modeling.
Each year, we conduct a call for entries from our global project teams. Twelve finalists are selected by the firm-wide buildingSMART directors, and then a jury of industry experts reviews 15 minute presentations offered by each finalist team.
This program has become a huge success by inspiring our collaborative project teams to ‘think outside the box’ when they design and deliver their solutions. First, I’d like to personally thank the jury members who graciously …
Jan De Weer advises the group to not be afraid to self promote.
In the first of a year-long Careers by Design series, Senior Human Resources Manager Stacy Krell talked to the St. Louis office about “Taking Charge of Your Career!”
The session is part of an office initiative for 2014 in which professionals from around the office discuss topics ranging from general industry trends, looking in depth at ongoing and completed projects and career development.
Stacy’s overarching message to the staff was the need to take …
Thanks to Gigi Jiang and Daniel Wei in our Beijing office for leading this Q+A with HOK Chairman and CEO Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, during his recent visit to Asia.
What are your observations of the real estate market in Asia, especially the design profession in China?
PM: Our Chinese clients demand high-quality design. We have to create projects that not only look great, but function exceptionally well. More and more people are living and working in Asian cities, which is exciting but challenging. People need connections to parks and green spaces, and air quality and traffic congestion issues go beyond architecture to planning. If you take a piece of land and develop …
Anita Hsieh, Interior Designer, Jose Paix, Design Professional, Olivier Santoni-Costantini, Project Architect, and Nicholas Murao, Design Professional, from HOK’s San Francisco office won a “Triumph Special Mention” for their design of a showcase pavilion as part of the Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition. The international competition will showcase the winning design in the Museum Gardens during the summer of 2014. The competition theme was “dream” with guidelines to “design a temporary, freestanding, transportable and contemporary showcase pavilion to be installed in the Museum Gardens. Ecological and sustainable design principles [were] encouraged.” The team’s design, called the “Dream Box” is a pavilion emulating the experience of a dream, where visitors will enter …
Cree LED Soft White 60w Replacement (9.5w)
Happy New Year. Welcome to 2014. As of January 1st, Edison’s incandescent A-lamp (40w & 60w) is now considered “illegal,” while recreational marijuana use in Colorado is not. We have officially entered the new age.
You’ve probably been hearing about the incandescent light bulb ban for a while. 75w (and above) lamps have been gone for some time, but these lower wattage lamp bans are hitting home in a much more personal way. As part of this global sustainable firm, I am excited about the energy savings that will occur as people purchase new lamp alternatives. But as a person who enjoys (and …
(This post on biomimicry by Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, senior principal – design in HOK’s Los Angeles studio, first appeared in Fast Co.Exist.)
It’s not enough to copy nature. Today’s designers need a deeper understanding of environmental nuance, from the biome in.
The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center (WJCCC) in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. …
No one can accuse HOK San Francisco of being un-hip. Evidence: our rad holiday party. With the totally rockin’ 70s theme, we ate, drank and danced, and like, had a really good time.
Keepin’ it real
The psychaledic decor and funky vibes helped everyone relax and have a dyno-mite time.
Okay that’s all the 70s lingo I’m allowed to fit into one post.. so enjoy the pictures below!
Thanks to our amazing clients, 2013 was a busy and exhilarating year for HOK’s people around the world. Our top blog posts and HOK.com news stories from the past year celebrate many of these exciting collaborations and the resulting projects:
Porsche’s North American HQ and Customer Experience Center in Atlanta
Top HOKLife.com 2013 Posts
1. Q+A: HOK President Bill Hellmuth – Though Bill leads the design of projects around the world, he is especially proud of the local architectural contributions made by HOK’s DC practice.
2. Paul Woolford: How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of NOAA’s New Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in …
Members of HOK Chicago recently pooled together their best crafting skills to help inner city kids create holiday gifts at the 2013 We Care Children’s Holiday Event, hosted by HermanMiller. The HOK Chicago office and other local Architecture and Interior Design firms set up craft stations at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club on the Near West Side of Chicago.
Children decorate ornaments at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club.
The HOK team designed festive DIY ornaments for the kids to replicate, using clear ornament balls, stickers, confetti and various holiday décor. On December 10th, nearly 100 kids came to the Boys …
The HOK San Francisco office participated in the 2013 Leap Sandcastle competition on November 12, which saw thousands of participants. The competition was the 30th annual competition held to raise money for Leap Arts in Education, which “places professional teaching artists into Bay Area elementary and middle schools to enhance the classroom curriculum through creative projects” according to their website. Leap serves over 7,000 children in over 30 schools. The program raised nearly $250,000 this year.
The HOK San Francisco office was part of the team “Squid Squad” that sponsored Lawton Elementary School, and included URS and Hathaway Dinwiddie. The team put together a series of fundraisers, including an …
For the last few weeks, HOK LA once again held a food drive for the LA Regional Food Bank. This was a great chance to help our less-fortunate neighbors during the holidays, echoing all the charitable work and community involvement other HOK offices had been participating in.
The LA Food Bank has been serving the disadvantaged for the last 40 years. This year, the food banks across the country were stretched thinner than usual as many are feeling the impact of the cuts to the federal food stamp program, which took effect as of November 1st.
Last year, HOK LA did fantastic – we donated about 350 lbs of food! So we decided …
We are thrilled to welcome the hospitality experts of BBG-BBGM in New York and Shanghai to HOK. (Here’s the official announcement.) The addition of a premier hospitality design firm’s team to HOK’s already strong hospitality group will have amazing benefits for our clients and their guests across the world. Based on BD+C’s 2013 survey, our combined practice is now a top-five hospitality design firm.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Our new hospitality interiors group will be led by Julia Monk in Shanghai, Christina Hart in New York and Toronto’s Randa Tukan, who has helped guide the growth of HOK’s hospitality practice. BBG-BBGM …
The holiday season is here and what better way to get into a cheerful spirit than to participate in the charitable works of your community. HOK Miami recently took part in the We Care event at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami. The afternoon event was well attended, over 250 children and industry professionals worked on holiday crafts, decorated baked goods and snaked on popcorn while singing to merry tunes. The team helped kids decorate and fill stockings with small toys
and candy. It was quite touching to see how children decided to decorate and fill their stockings for a sibling or parent rather than for themselves. We also …
This time of year HOK’s values are shared with the City of Houston through volunteering, donations, and community involvement.
As we completed the month of November…and “Movember” (dedicated to raise awareness to men’s health), many thanks to those who joined the worthy cause and sported mighty stylish “staches” or donated to the team.
Another year of We Care is complete and the snowman hot cocoa jars were cute and tasty! The event was full of children zooming around to create crafts and with a great turnout of volunteers and kids, all 96 of HOKs crafts were made within an hour….
After nearly a quarter-century leading design in HOK’s London office and 35 years as an architect, Larry Malcic is still learning. “I want to always be learning and growing,” he says. “That’s how you know you are alive.”
For Larry, each building is a monument. “It can be a monument to the architect’s ego if the client allows it to be,” he says. “But what it should be is a monument to the ambitions of the client, the community and the team. For architects, this is a tremendous responsibility and privilege.”
Take us through a typical day for the design director in HOK’s London office.
LM: This morning, I …
King Abdulah University of Science and Technology is one of the largest LEED Platinum projects in the world. Photo: Jean Picoulet
I have a vivid memory of an architecture professor telling me that thinking about sustainability was a waste of time – no one outside academia would bother with that kind of silly obsession. This was Missouri in the 1990s, when a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar and “green” was a paint color. I stubbornly pushed onward despite the disparagement – as I am prone to doing – …
For the past three years, Komal Kotwal, HOK’s senior sustainable design specialist in Houston, has served on USGBC’s Program Working Group (PWG) to help vet proposals that are submitted for Greenbuild. She was in charge of shortlisting sessions under the international category and, from the many stimulating panel suggestions, one truly stood out from the rest: “Certifying Neighborhood Sustainability Around the Globe.”
“A lot of development internationally is at a much larger scale (i.e. neighborhood scale vs. building scale). At this scale, it is particularly important that the design solution responds to the specific context and needs of the region. This session addressed this critical issue of the …
In the early summer of 2013, HOK was invited to participate in a design competition for the 2017 Expo Design in Astana – the rapidly developing capital of Kazakhstan. The theme for the expo; “Future Energy”, challenged entrants to demonstrate the use of innovative technologies capable of affecting people’s perception of energy and green development.
In order to submit the most stunning and creatively adroit entry possible, a multidisciplinary team from the HOK Toronto office made up of Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Architects, and experts in Sustainable Design, worked closely with equivalently talented engineering teams from ARUP and RWDL.
Inspired by the traditional assemblies of Kazakh tribes, the core concept of the design …
Fun was had by all at the HOK Oktoberfest Family Picnic. Games of tug of war, water balloon toss, a stein holding contest, and the ultimate tricycle obstacle course took place. Luckily there were seasonal craft brews, a great food truck, and a tropical snow cone vender to keep us fueled up for the competitions!
The fun and creativity continued at the Houston CANstruction build-off. HOK’s team donated over $2000 to the event which funds the Houston Food Bank AND we got to build a formula 1 race car out of canned goods! The awards ceremony takes place on November 23rd , so keep your …
Mara Baum, HOK’s Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, has been elevated to the LEED Fellow class of 2013 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
According to the USGBC, the LEED Fellow program ”designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry.” Mara becomes one of only 128 Fellows – a very small percentage of the approximately 180,000 LEED professionals across the globe. The LEED Fellow is a relatively new honor; this year’s cohort represents only the third class of Fellows. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of a 10-year history of “exceptionality” across four of five dimensions of green building: technical proficiency, leadership, education and mentoring, commitment and service, and …
Thanks to Chris Brown, RIBA, LEED AP, architecture practice leader in our Dubai office, for this guest post.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit a unique site belonging to our client in the Seychelles, a 115-island country scattered across the Indian Ocean. We were there to consider development on an island owned by our client.
The Seychelles is a large archipelago of granite and coral islands about 2,000 miles south of Dubai and 1,000 miles east of mainland Africa. The economy is largely dependent on tourism and relies on the beauty and protection of its natural environment.
Our destination was …
What defines “beauty”? What defines “beast”? Perspective is everything, and it was the driving concept in HOK Chicago’s 2013 Dining by Design installation. Hosted by DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDs, this year’s Dining by Design called for designers and table hosts to create a “Beauty and the Feast” themed dining environment. Abiding by this theme, HOK Chicago and Steelcase examined the perception of beauty through both informed and uniformed perspectives. The team worked with an anamorphic illusion – the evolution of a graphic that culminates by viewing it at a single vantage point – to create an eye-catching dining installation.
The team used mainly Steelcase, Inc. products, such as furniture borrowed from Coalesse and a custom Pantone-matched wall covering from …
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Team HOK with their student team leader Cassandra
On Saturday November 2nd, HOK Houston along with other members of the Houston design, engineering and construction community, participated in the second annual ACE Mentor Program Build it Forward event. 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 convertible picnic tables that function as benches or a full size picnic table when converted. The teams built approximately 15 composite picnic tables that will be donated to local charitable organizations.
Hatchet Head Pumpkin won first place in HOK Chicago’s Pumpkin Carving Contest, thanks to its creative carvers Dave Ivey, Meredith McBride, Linda Chlimoun and Jenna Redline. The runner ups, who deserve special mention due to their own mad carving skills, include:
Tastefully Simple, created by Andrew Mechenes, Sarah Wilkinson and August Rukli
Let’s Boogie, created by Leila Ray, Dave Salela and Nai Owens
Jacko Randy, created by Olia Miho, Preethi Srikanth and David Genc