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ARTIC Topping Out Ceremony

“Why do you want to become an architect?”

This was the question asked by my first year professor at USC on the very first day of studio.

My answer?

“To see my ideas turn into reality. To have sense of pride knowing that I helped create something that has a lasting effect on others. To see a building come to life from beginning of design to end of construction.”

Well this February (I know… it’s a little late), I really really developed that sense of pride when my project, ARTIC, crossed a major milestone – the last piece of steel was placed on my project.

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It has been a long journey. It …

HOK Hosts Inaugural 10x=Next Event

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On April 3, 2014, HOK held its inaugural 10x=Next Event, demonstrating the exponential power of partnership, discovery and design that transforms our society and creates a better future. Drawing nearly 500 attendees, the event showcased a range of emerging technologies, developed by the Bay Area’s largest technology companies to the smallest start-ups. The event also offered an opportunity for guests to preview HOK’s newest portfolio of work and enjoy the recently re-designed San Francisco studio at One Bush Plaza. HOK plans to develop and expand this annual event, continuing the exploration and integration of new technology. Exhibits included:

  • HOK projects, including the San Francisco Public Safety Building, 535 Mission Street, Hamad International Airport,

HOK SF Toastmaster Sandeep’s Speech

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As I blogged earlier, HOK SF has started a Toastmasters Club. We proudly call ourselves HOK Speakeasy, and we’re going strong at 25+ members!

A few weeks ago, Sandeep Kathuria, our Toastmaster extraordinaire, competed in the Area event for the Humorous Speech Contest. His speech, on the hilarious topic of selling shoes (women’s shoes at that), was very well received. As one of the timers that day, I got a front row seat and had a good time enjoying Sandeep’s wit, expressions and natural command of public speaking.

The results were announced soon after Sandeep’s speech and ….. drumroll… he won second place! Congratulations, Sandeep! We heard later that it was …

HOK Dazzles at Dining by Design 2014

Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot and Bob Elliot in our New York office for contributing to this post.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) recently staged its annual Dining by Design fundraiser in New York City. The event featured nearly 40 inventive tabletop installations throughout the exhibition at Pier 94. While our participation in DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2014 was a first for HOK’s New York office, partnering with Knoll made it an extremely gratifying experience. Together, we created a visual collaboration between the brands that illustrates an organic transformation of the senses.

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A wall of roses provides a dramatic back drop for the dining vignette. Using Knoll Textiles, the …

Close-Up on ARTIC: Documentary Film Crew Shoots HOK Team in Los Angeles

Thanks to Kelly Morrison in our Los Angeles office for this guest post.

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Living and working in the entertainment capital of the world means that HOKers here see lots of film crews around town and get used to celebrity sightings.

The Los Angeles office recently had a brush with the movie industry. A film crew from Avalanche 3D Entertainment spent an entire day shooting and interviewing HOK’s team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project.

The documentary-style film will chronicle the design and construction of ARTIC, from beginning to end. There will be a special focus on the sustainable aspects of the project, which is …

2014 Pi Day

I’m writing this well past Pi Day.  I realized I would be late with this post, and for some time, tried to think of a clever, pi related way to belatedly present this.  It just wasn’t going to happen unless I delayed the post until June 28th or July 22nd.  The only thing I have going for me is that, in the very least, posting this so late is irrational.  I think π would approve.

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It was a very exciting Pi Day this year, one of the best Pi Day celebrations we’ve seen yet.  As the seventh annual event was in planning I was contacted by Cindy Huger Grunik of …

Form Follows Fitness 5K

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Every year the Dallas Center for Architecture puts on a Form Follows Fitness 5K race through the heart of downtown for anyone interested in waking up early on a Saturday morning to run with fellow nerds.  The run was designed to showcase the unique architecture we have in Dallas and was actually pleasant to run with the majority of the course being flat or downhill.

photo1 Here is our lovely group shot before the race…

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photo… And then the team reps from all the firms …

What’s happening with SF ACE Mentor?

Every year, HOK San Francisco hosts a group of high school students for 16 weeks and teaches them about careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering, under the umbrella of the ACE Mentor program. We’re halfway through this year’s program - here’s an update!

This year’s program was based around five clients, each of whom wanted to build a house in San Francisco.

Here’s a quick snapshot of them (click to enlarge):

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And here is the common site that our students are working on:

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In the last few weeks, our bumper crop of 30+ students has been hard at work designing the houses to …

Members of IMPACT meet with area middle school students

The Aim High students pose for a group photo after spending the morning in HOK's St. Louis office.

The Aim High students pose for a group photo after spending the morning in HOK’s St. Louis office. 

Members of HOK IMPACT recently met with 70 area middle school students in the Aim High St. Louis program to help them learn about architecture.

The 5th to 8th grade students spend the morning learning about HOK and what it means to be a professional architect, then broke into small work groups where they were challenged to think like an architect about a space they are very familiar with – their own …

HOK’s Julia Monk on the Future of Sustainable Hotel Design

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.

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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 …

Studio One Symposium 2014: The Nature of Programming Matter

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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 …

Q+A: Hui Dang, Senior Project Manager for HOK in Beijing

Thanks to Gigi Jiang in HOK’s Beijing office for this guest post.

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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 motivates you in your work?
I really enjoy the work I’m doing now. No two days are the same. Through discussing options with the design team, communicating with clients or coordinating consultants, I have an opportunity to be involved in different stages and aspects of a project. I work with an exceptionally talented and passionate team, so I’m exposed to evolving challenges and creative solutions every day. The process …

HOK’s Alan Bright Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

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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 …

HOK’s Ernest Cirangle Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Thanks to Kelly Morrison in HOK’s Los Angeles office for contributing this guest post.

Ernest-Cirangle3Ernest 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, …

HOK’s Paul Woolford Explores Biomimicry for Wired’s Innovation Insights

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(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 …

HOK BIM Awards 2013

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.

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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 …

Taking Charge of Your Career

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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 …

Q+A: Patrick MacLeamy, HOK’s Chairman and CEO

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.

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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 …

HOK Team Wins Special Mention in Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition

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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 …

Your Next Lamp Purchase: Tread Cautiously

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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 …

How Reverse Engineering Nature Can Spur Design Innovation

(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 in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. HOK’s Thomas Knittel took inspiration from the kapok tree, a native Caribbean species that stores water internally and sheds its leaves in times of drought. The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center (WJCCC) in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake.

HOK SF’s Groovy Holiday Party

Far Out! Flower Power!

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.

Right on Keepin’ it real

The psychaledic decor and funky vibes helped everyone relax and have a dyno-mite time.

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Peace Man.. Peace Man..

Okay that’s all the 70s lingo I’m allowed to fit into one post.. so enjoy the pictures below!

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HOK 2013: Year in Review

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:

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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

We Care 2013

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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.

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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 …

Leap Sandcastle 30th Annual Competition

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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 …

HOK LA Food Drive

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.

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Last year, HOK LA did fantastic – we donated about 350 lbs of food!  So we decided …

BBG-BBGM Joins HOK to Create Top Hospitality Design Firm

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.

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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 …

HOK Miami Cares

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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 …

Create, Inspire, Connect, Care

This time of year HOK’s values are shared with the City of Houston through volunteering, donations, and community involvement.

HOK Movember 2013

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.

We Care Event

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….

Q+A: Larry Malcic, Director of Design in HOK’s London Office

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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 …