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HOK’s Vancouver Office Rides to Move Research Forward

On Friday, October 16th, HOK’s Vancouver office participated in the 12th annual JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research in the plaza at Robson Square.

As part of the Broker Challenge, teams did an interval ride on stationary bikes for 8 minutes each over the course of one hour – it was great fun for a good cause. The HOK team pedaled alongside teams from CBRE, Cushman Wakefield, Avison Young, Bentall Kennedy, Cadillac Fairview, JLL, Oxford Properties and Triovest just to name a few.

The total dollar amount raised by all participating teams was upwards of $350,000.

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JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their strength lies in their …

HOK Dallas Wins in Creativity!

The Pantone to the Bone team wins MOST CREATIVE at the Business Interiors/Kimball Battle of the A&D Firms bowling tournament.  Jim Halloran, Jennifer Auman, Brittani Long, Tommy Sinclair, Justin Drabek and Dardan Hoxha enjoyed the top prize.  A special thanks to Melanie McKay for coming up with the idea and bringing it to life!



Two HOK Team Members in Dallas Give Their Time to TREC Project

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) partnered with BIG THOUGHT, the Dallas Public Library and Little Free Libraries to promote reading with the design and construction of two free book exchanges. HOK in Dallas’ Hoshi Brooks and Evan Lloyd played key roles in leading the project.


Health Impact Summit Visits HOK’s Lake Nona Research Center

I’ve spent the last decade or so designing healthcare facilities because, as an architect, this was the primary sector in which we could focus on the impacts that the built environment has on human health. As the sustainable design leader for HOK’s firm-wide Healthcare practice, finding the sweet spot between environmental sustainability and human health goals is my top priority. Over the last few years the tide has been changing – no longer relegated to only the healthcare or the sustainability crowds, both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have substantial initiatives related to human health.

HOK’s University of Florida Lake Nona Research Center

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St. Louis Interns Inspire, Collaborate and Discover with ReFabSTL

As summer winds down, internships are wrapping up for Cari, Scott and Thomas in the St. Louis office. During their time here, the interns have been involved in a variety of projects and experiences. In addition to working on project work for sports & recreation, healthcare and corporate projects, the group was also involved in site visits and one-on-one meetings with local leadership. Each of these experiences aimed to give the interns a greater understanding of the different facets of an architecture practice.

Cari, Scott and Thomas onsite at the BJC HealthCare Kingshighway Campus Renewal project. Cari, Scott and Thomas onsite at the BJC HealthCare Kingshighway Campus Renewal project.

As a group,

FedEx Office Media Tour with HOK in Dallas

On July 29, FedEx Office hosted a media tour at its new corporate campus, for which HOK’s Dallas office provided interior design. FedEx partnered with JLL, HOK and KDC to give media a sneak peek into the progress being made on the new campus.  This is a 265,000-sq.-ft. building and HOK’s interior design team has been led by Kim Hogan, Jim Halloran, Rachel Rouse, Justin Drabek and Jennifer Auman.  Here is a news clip from one of the local TV news channels


Curiosity Machine + HOK Bring Biomimicry to the Next Generation

What happens when you mix 18 energetic kids, a grove of live oak trees, some videographers, and a couple of architects? I’ll give you a hint – it’s not just another day at the office.

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Philip and I share some of our projects with the kids.  Photo: Allison Colyer

Earlier this month Philip Ra and I joined Iridescent’s “curiosity camp” in Huddart Park on the San Francisco peninsula to present a lesson on design and biomimicry. Iridescent’s week-long summer camp teaches engineering topics to kids ages 3 to 10 in an amazing setting surrounded by slopes forested with madrone, Douglas fir, live oak, and redwood trees. Iridescent …

Holly Jordan Elected to CSI College of Fellows

Jordan_HollyHolly Jordan of HOK’s Houston office has recently been elected to the College of Fellows of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). CSI’s Jury of Fellows has selected six members nationally to join the illustrious ranks of CSI Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors given by CSI. Fellows are chosen by peers for their notable contributions in advancement of construction technology, improvement of construction specifications, education and service to the institute.

At HOK, Holly works tirelessly to integrate herself into the practice , significantly improve the quality of our technical specifications and collaborative processes necessary to deliver great projects to our clients.

In addition to her activities here at HOK, Holly is …

St. Louis Interns Working with

The St. Louis office is pleased to have three architecture interns joining us this summer. Caridad Caceres and Scott Mitchell are Master of Architecture students at Washington University, while Thomas Hickey is pursuing his Master of Architecture at the University of Kansas. During their time at HOK, these students will work on project work alongside licensed architects in addition to a special intern project they will complete as a team.

Thomas Hickey, Scott Mitchell and Caridad Caceres join the St. Louis office as summer interns. Thomas Hickey, Scott Mitchell and Caridad Caceres join the St. Louis office as summer interns.

For their special project, this year’s intern team will work with RefabSTL, a non-profit …

HOK Spirit Day

The Diversity Task Force of HOK’s St. Louis office hosted a Spirit Day Pep Rally. Employees were encouraged submit photos to be included in the St. Louis Yearbook and to wear their alma mater – college and high school – colors and apparel. The event showcased the diversity of backgrounds within the office.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Members of the legal department, Peter Mosanyi and Dianne Brown, show their school spirit.

While enjoying donuts and refreshments, members of the St. Louis team took a break to review classic photos submitted by fellow “classmates” and chat with colleagues. Attendees had fun competing to see who could identify the most old yearbook photos. Over 50 people submitted photos to the …

Designing for the Runway

The HOK Houston Product Runway team designed a garment using a laser-cut module to create a semi-rigid fabric with the ability to bend and hold shape, but also be loose and movable when needed. The materials assigned to us were wood laminate by Teknion and polyurethane faux leather by Ultrafabrics.

Jaclyn Perez and Chris Roberts performing on the runway. Photograph by Scott Dewoody


The team included Jaclyn Perez, Emily Sutton, Liz McCormick, Aurora Villalpando, and myself, and we ended up winning the Most Wearable award. Our team was also bolstered by help from Chris Roberts, who danced with Jaclyn on the runway, and Joanna Lam, who helped with production of the fabric.

The theme this year was …

HOK Dallas Celebrates!

The HOK Dallas office celebrates Frank Ragland, Jennifer Cocker and Jim Halloran’s recent promotions.  Great job and they definitely earned it!


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National Rebuilding Day in San Francisco


A group of HOK San Francisco employees participated with SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) in National Rebuilding Day at Alemany Farm in San Francisco last weekend. Alemany Farm is a non-profit farm that benefits the local community by educating the nearby residents about urban gardening and sustainable practices. They also give away 100% of their bounty to their volunteers, the local community, and food pantries across the city. Here’s a list of what the group accomplished at Alemany:

  •  Installed a new, more durable roof on the greenhouse as well as (4) new temperature activated skylights.
  • Built a new compost bin.
  • Built a new soil table.
  • Built (13!) new planter boxes.
  • Built a

5 Tips for Running an Awesome Conference

I was honored once again to volunteer my time as the event chair for the BIMForum. The group’s most recent event was held on April 29-30 in sunny San Diego. The twice annual conferences are built around a theme to focus the content of the presentations and discussions around a core concept. For Spring 2015, the BIMForum chose “Transforming Deliverables” as the main theme, which has some interesting interpretations. One may see the topic of deliverables that transform our processes, while others will want to learn how we are transforming our traditional deliverables using BIM.

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Over the course of the day-and-a-half event, we were treated to 14 plenary presentations …

NOAA Inouye Regional Center Wins AIA Merit Award

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Last week, the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored the NOAA Inouye Regional Center with a Merit Award for Architecture. Several comments made by the Jury about the project were announced at the gala event, including:

  • Elegant reuse;
  • Lovely composition;
  • Sensitive historical adaptation with modern elements to take advantage of daylight and natural ventilation;
  • Jewel boxes in a super structure;
  • Appreciated the interesting choice of asymmetrical form to link the two existing structures on either side.

HOK’s San Francisco practice is grateful to all of our team members, contractors, and consultants, as well as to our client who made this project possible.


HOK Dallas is more than DESIGN!


The Spencer Group & Haworth hosted a Design Firm Bowling Challenge and Justin Drabek, Jim Halloran, Ian Sinnett and Kim Hogan stepped up to compete.  HOK didn’t win but we sure did have fun!

@HOKConsulting – What Are We Talking About?

In the last two months, I have co-presented on three separate, but very much related, workplace topics at two IFMA Facility Fusion Conferences and opted to write a collective post about them to, hopefully, get to a much meaningful reductive summary.

IFMA_DWFirst of these presentations was with Leigh Stringer, now an independent consultant and author of The Green Workplace with another book coming up, and was titled “Distributed Work: Fad or Here to Stay?”. About five years ago, HOK had collaborated with IFMA to produce their first Distributed Work Research Report, which was meant to be an all-inclusive name for various alternative work strategies used at the time.

This year, …

HOK at Earth Day Texas

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Dedicated to raising environmental awareness and influence the way we live and think, Earth Day Texas was spread over three days and utilized approximately 750,000 square feet of both indoor – outdoor event space with about 1,000 exhibitors and 75,000 guests in attendance20150424_131645

HOK’s Gulf Coast Region was happy to participate in this wonderful event. A shout-out to volunteers from our Dallas office – Curt Parde, Ben Crawford, Shera Fagg, Tyler Ostrozynski and Jim Halloran for taking time off their weekend to spread awareness about sustainability in the context of the …

Earth Day, Every Day: HOK’s Toronto Practice Donates Sample Library to Students


When HOK’s Toronto practice moved offices last month, we made a conscious decision to downsize.

An open plan office and more agile workers meant paper copies had to be transferred online and recycled, and a smaller library dictated a need to reduce sample and material quantities.

To practice what we preach with regards to sustainability, our samples were reduced, reused, recycled, and donated.

In an effort to leave no footprint (and reduce our contribution to landfills), many office supplies and small pieces of furniture were sold or given away free on such sites as Kijiji or to interested parties within the larger office building. The majority of the sample library was donated to schools and creative initiatives.

The following list is by no means …

FOGPLANE at the Market Street Prototyping Festival

FOGPLANE at the Market Street Prototyping Festival! FOGPLANE at the Market Street Prototyping Festival!

The Market Street Prototyping Festival engaged San Francisco’s main thoroughfare last weekend, bringing to life 50 community-driven designs. Last fall, more than 200 teams submitted public art prototype ideas to an open call from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the Knight Foundation. 50 of these concepts were selected for their potential to make Market Street more engaging, and built for the three-day public showcase. A redesign of Market Street is slated for 2018, and a smaller group of these prototypes will be realized as part of San Francisco’s Better Market Street initiative.

HOK’s San Francisco …

Scaling up Sustainability at Gulf Coast Green

AIA Houston’s Gulf Coast Green Symposium celebrated its 10 year anniversary last week with an all-day conference focused on Healthy Communities – Vitality in Place making.

Kotwal-Christenson-EventsZach Christeson and I along with USGBC’s Jason Hercules had the opportunity to present at the conference discussing sustainability at the community scale.  Our 80 minute session titled ‘Design for Healthy and Livable Communities: Integrating LEED for Neighborhood (ND), with the help of HOK case studies, focused on the LEED ND rating system as a framework for sustainable development.

While many cities worldwide are getting better and better at green building, the problems of suburban sprawl and lack of environments conducive to physical activity …

HOK Shines Blue


Today is World Autism Awareness Day.  HOK supports this by participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

This year, HOK’s lighting group has turned the brand new St. Louis office work-lab a vibrant blue.  Attached are some pictures from our test last night.  Tonight, HOK will shine blue with many other buildings and structures worldwide.  To learn more about autism & the Autism Speaks organization, please visit





HOK in Dallas Hosts a Tour

The team from HOK’s Dallas office hosted a presentation and tour of our office for a group of interior design students from OSU. Jim Halloran, Justin Drabek, Hoshi Brooks and Kelly Davis lead the effort.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Designers

A team of designers from HOK’s Kansas City office spent a Wednesday morning at KIPP Endeavor Academy inspiring a group of eighth graders to pursue careers in the design industry.

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The event, organized by Prep-KC and KIPP Endeavor Academy, was developed to introduce eighth grade students to high growth industries and get them excited about potential career opportunities. In addition to design, the event spotlighted careers in bioscience, engineering, health science, supply chain and manufacturing, and IT.

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“Introducing the eighth grade KIPPsters to design was an amazing experience.  They quickly grasped the concepts of programming and concept design from …

Celebrating Construction Completion in St. Louis

The St. Louis office took the opportunity to celebrate the completion of our interior office space during the monthly First Thursday gathering in March. As the first official company gathering in the new double height space, employees toasted the opening and enjoyed champagne and appetizers. A special thank you was given to all those who helped out during the office move.

St. Louis employees toasted to the opening of the new double height office space. St. Louis employees toasted to the opening of the new double height office space.

GroupFromAbove A view from the second floor looking down on the company gathering.

IIDA STITCH: 1950’s Pop Art Mask

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The 1950s were the coming of age for America. A booming economy, a communism scare, a suburban lifestyle, a musical revolution and a repressed race all juxtaposed to create the golden age in America’s history. Channeled through an emerging art movement that defines mass culture, HOK’s Chicago office designed a Pop Art Mask for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 10th annual STITCH Runway Show.

Close up of the Pop Art makeup detailing. Close up of the Pop Art makeup detailing

The Illinois chapter of the IIDA hosts the event every year as a way to connect …

Iron Chef HOK

Recently, Steelcase generously offered to host the HOK Dallas office at the 3015 at Trinity Groves kitchen for a tasteful battle of culinary skill.

Between the HOK and Steelcase employees, we were divided into four teams of four – the Red, Blue, Teal and Orange teams.  Much like the real Iron Chef competition, we were given a handful of ingredients that we had to somehow include in our dish: Pasta, Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes and Tortilla Chips.

We had 30 minutes to prepare our dishes then present them to the panel of judges.


Design Mix 2015

IIDA’s South Florida Chapter hosted its 15th Annual Design Mix at 1111 Lincoln Road. This event is a fashion show where designers fabricate dresses utilizing sponsoring manufacturers’ products and materials. HOK was sponsored by DesignTex + Coalesse. Our very own designer, Gisselle Amador, modeled the team’s creation.

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“A mystical woodland creature emerges from the shadows unveiling itself. Moving slowly in an elegantly interwoven iridescent cocoon bodice hiding the interworkings of a metamorphosis that is taking place within. The process of transformation unravels from beneath and reaches its peak releasing a flurry of illumination that sets afire the spirit burning within.”

HOK’s Recreation Design Team Celebrates National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day

In celebration of the National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day, HOK’s team of recreation designers, all avid fitness enthusiasts themselves, shared their favorite ways to be active.


In addition to running, hiking, biking and kickboxing, other favorites included aerial acrobatics, CrossFit competitions, rugby, scuba diving and break dancing. The team’s passion for wellness is evident throughout their work and their commitment to healthy, active living in their daily lives.


Special kudos goes out to Emily, who shared her workout tips and pictures from when she was nine months pregnant!

National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day was started by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in 1999 to celebrate …

Dedication of University of Miami’s Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios

The University of Miami celebrated the official opening of the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios on February 20, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. The new studios were made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, the school’s naming benefactors.

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Frost Music Studios Dedication Ceremony

Designed by HOK and constructed by Skanska USA, the new LEED® Platinum, state-of-the-art facility has over 40,000 square feet of acoustically-engineered teaching spaces. The complex has two buildings flanking the historically-significant Foster building to the North and South comprise the new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, which includes two large classrooms plus 77 spacious teaching studios …