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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 8th 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 8th 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/manufacturing, and IT.

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“Introducing the 8th grade KIPPsters to design was an amazing experience.  They quickly grasped the concepts of programming and concept design from both an architecture …

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 9 months pregnant!

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

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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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 …

HOK’s Dallas Office Hosts Graduate Students From Texas A&M

A four-year graduate studio from Texas A&M joined our Dallas office for a presentation and tour by a few of our office leaders. Their particular studio is entirely healthcare focused. Ben Crawford, Curt Parde and Darden Beckham led the discussion and tour.

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HOK’s San Francisco Office is Now a Certified Green Business

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2015 members of the HOK in SF Green Team proudly display the San Francisco Green Business plaque!

On Feb. 5, HOK’s San Francisco office was awarded the San Francisco Green Business certification. Sandy Valentin, Zorana Bosnic, Marissa Bruce and I joined other Green Businesses to receive our award at a reception and ceremony at Hotel Whitcomb. The certification, a city of San Francisco program offered by the Department of the Environment, documents operational sustainability per a rigorous set of standards in energy management and conservation, lighting, water management and conservation, transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing, source reduction and waste diversion, and employee education.

It’s quite an accomplishment and almost five years …

ARTIC – The Topic of Discussion


On Jan. 28, Albert Kaneshiro and Kazem Toossi from HOK Los Angeles’ office presented the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) at the joint meeting of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of Construction Specification Institute.


The gathering was well-attended and a lively discussion followed the ARTIC presentation. Many attendees were interested in the design and delivery process of ARTIC’s iconic terminal, which opened in December 2014. The presentation covered the complexity of the diagrid steel design and the ETFE exterior enclosure design, including the shell’s color-changing LED lights. The international design competition

HOK + AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture

David MuñozDavid Muñoz, architect in HOK’s Dallas office, shares his experiences as the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture co-chair for 2014.

What is Latinos in Architecture? 

Latinos in Architecture is a community of Latin-American decedent architects who gather together to form an AIA committee. It all started in Dallas, but now we are in Austin, San Antonio and San Francisco.  The three main objectives are to serve and support our local communities, to strengthen relationships and professional networks, and to be a positive influence for Latino students aspiring to obtain a professional degree.

What did the organization accomplish last year in Dallas?

HOK and Eskenazi Hospital Leadership Named to “The HCD 10″

Architecture can be a mundane business at times, with detail-oriented repetitive tasks and research into the finer points of building code. But we do it for a reason – and every so often we get to bask in the incredible satisfaction of a project that comes to fruition beautifully.  2014 was one of those years, with the completion of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, a 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Indianapolis.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, photo: Timothy Hursley 

Healthcare Design magazine recently recognized Eskenazi Hospital and HOK for this incredible effort by naming our joint leadership to “The Healthcare Design Ten.” Paul Strohm, one of HOK’s directors of Healthcare, has been …

HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Sustainability Leader Chris DeVolder Presents at USGBC Georgia’s 2015 Meeting

A sold out crowd of over 200 USGBC members filled the room at the Georgia World Congress Center on to hear HOK’s Chris DeVolder speak alongside Jennifer Ball, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress and Tim Trefzer, Sustainability Manager for the Georgia World Congress Center, on sustainability initiatives and achievements in downtown Atlanta.

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Chris’ portion of the presentation highlighted the industry leading sustainable strategies being implemented on the New Atlanta Stadium, which is striving to reach the highest level of LEED certification that any professional sports facility has ever achieved. As the sustainability director for the project, …

Q+A with HOK’s Stephy Liu, Senior Interior Designer in Beijing

Stephy LiuBased in Beijing, Stephy Liu is a senior project designer with HOK’s interiors group. In this Q+A, Stephy describes trends and challenges she faces working with corporate clients.

1. What are some recent trends in workplace strategy, and how do you apply them in your design approach?

The talent shortage in many large countries – including the U.S. and China – challenges organizations to recruit and retain the best people. Creating vibrant offices that provide flexibility and choices for where, when and how work happens is attracting more attention because a single, all-purpose workstation cannot cope with the complexity and unpredictability of today’s work.

For example, our design for a …

HOK’s St. Louis Office Moves to New Downtown Location

A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms. A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms.

HOK’s St. Louis office recently relocated to 10 S. Broadway in downtown St. Louis, across the street from the Old Courthouse and Ballpark Village. The new open work area is a considerable change from the previous space and allows for increased flexibility, featuring touchdown spaces and collaborative bench seating. A new two-story interior space will offer a variety of work settings for small and large gatherings and opens to a new outdoor street-level patio.

Remembering King Abdullah

King AbdullahIn the fall of 2006, a friend returned from Saudi Arabia and shared a talk that the late Saudi King Abdullah had given. This wise leader talked about his dream to build a new “House of Wisdom.” He envisioned this to be a beacon of peace, hope and reconciliation that would be a model not just for the Middle East but for the world. It was a profoundly moving and optimistic vision for this often tumultuous region.

As luck would have it, a few months later we started working on the design for KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. It was clear that KAUST, a new postgraduate …

ARTIC Grand Opening

2014 was a fantastic year for me.  My architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, celebrated 100 years of existence, I became a California licensed architect, and I finished my first building, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), from start to finish with the VIP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 8 and the General Public Grand Opening on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

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HOK’s Net Zero Water Ideation Event: Designing Our Future Through Creative Partnership

Dozens of California communities are starting to dry up. No, they’re not banning alcohol – they’re rapidly running out of water. In response, HOK’s San Francisco office recently hosted a cross-disciplinary, one-day workshop tackling this major problem with the goal of generating actionable ideas for small cities seeking a more resilient water supply.

Brian Jencek, HOK’s design director for planning and landscape architecture for the West Coast region, presents the prototypical case study of “Springfield by the Sea,” a coastal community that is running out of water.

From NASA scientists to environmental non-profit leaders, the event was attended by a group of field-leading experts on scientific research, art, policy, engineering and venture capital from …

Training for the London Marathon – 15 weeks to go…

As I write this blog it does not seem like 5 years have passed since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to share the ups and downs and highs and lows of my physical training in pursuit of a personal goal and more importantly raising money for a great and worthy cause. In 2010 it was Ironman Austria and children’s charity BOSP which grabbed my attention. Five years on and whilst the challenge may appear more straight forward, the cause it just as worthwhile and my circumstances very different.

I am running the London Marathon in support of Hospice UK, the Charity previously known as Help the Hospices and who’s work supports …

HOK at Women in Architecture, Houston

Several outstanding events have taken place as part of the current  AIA Women in Architecture exhibit at the Architecture Center Houston. One of these was the impactful AIA Women in Architecture Leadership Panel  featuring elected women leaders in the American Institute of Architects. HOK is proud to see its own Janis Brackett, 2014 AIA Houston Chapter President, as part of the panel. Janis is a known and proven leader within HOK and in the professional community, an inspiration and mentor to many. Seen below is the power packed panel with Janis on the left.


Currently ongoing through January 16, 2015, Women in Architecture is a compelling exhibit that spotlights contributions women have made to the profession …

Congratulations on 25 years with HOK, Jay Tatum

On December 5, 2014,  the people in HOK’s Houston office gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of Jay Tatum, managing principal for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Congratulations and a big thank you to our fearless leader from all at HOK! photo 1 photo 3 photo photo 5




We Care 2014

Every year Herman Miller hosts the We Care event in support of the Boys & Girls Club of America.  This year the Dallas event served a record 357 kids!!


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Our craft this year was candy filled ornaments and we had an assembly line starting with decorating the clear ornament with stickers and jewels and then adding ribbon to the ornament so you could hang it from a tree.  They were also able to choose what kind of candy …

Miami Office Holiday Party

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties…

HOK in Miami took to the big top with a performance at Cirque du Soleil Amaluna.


Victor and Marlene Liriano are pictured in front of the Grand Chapiteau.


Cocktail reception followed at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Turnberry Isle.

Street Art to End Hunger: HOK in New York at CANstruction

Thanks to Shayna Cooper in New York for this guest post.


Fifteen volunteers from HOK’s New York office participated in the 22nd annual CANstruction design/build competition. All of the food products used in the competition are donated to City Harvest, which helps feed 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. HOK has participated in the New York CANstruction event for 20 years.

IMG_7078The team’s design was inspired by the street artist, Banksy, whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The New York office team chose to build Banksy’s work in Williamsburg out …

AIA Miami Wynwood Office Crawl

HOK’s Miami office was the first stop of the night for the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Wynwood Office Crawl sponsored by AIA Miami held on Dec. 11.


The team provided tours of the studio space while guests mixed and mingled.


Tim Blair and Marlene Liriano gave an overview to the group and a Q+A session.



HOK in Miami recognized as Top 3 South Florida ID Firms for 2015

HOK in Miami was recently recognized as a Top 3 South Florida ID Firms for 2015.

This year marks the fourth annual NEWH Top ID List. The 2015 Top 3 South Florida ID Firms are chosen by the Board of Directors of the NEWH/South Florida Chapter.

HOK in Miami was among three South Florida firms that were recognized and promoted as the best in design industry at the Festive Holiday Celebration of Excellence Gala held at the Historic Coral Gables Women’s Club in Coral Gables, Fla., on Dec. 10.

There to accept the award for HOK’s Miami office were Tim Blair and Kristyna Borden.



We Care 2014: Helping Make the Holidays Bright

Thank you to Jacquelyn Suozzi in New York for this guest post.


Each holiday season, Herman Miller and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizes We Care, an event that brings the architecture and design profession together to provide holiday cheer to children in the local community.

We Care NY 2014At We Care, children from the boys and girls club have the opportunity to make gifts to give to their family and friends during the holidays, something they may not otherwise be able to afford. Participating architecture and design firms created a holiday craft for kids ages 5-12. Volunteers man the station and help the kids.

Every year, …

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition: D-breath


Four designers from HOK’s Beijing office – Philip Kwong, Yuhai Cheng, Xiaoqian Yang and Summer Su – entered the firm-wide Net-Zero Design Competition as the team “D-breath.”

The net-zero competition challenged HOK’s teams to create a conceptual net-zero energy design for a building on a site in their local community. Teams were required to use HOK’s Sustainable Analysis Tool to obtain climate data, set energy use intensity (EUI) targets and estimate the size of on-site renewable energy systems required to reach net-zero energy.

The D-breath team designed a public medical office northeast of the 2nd Ring Road in Beijing, where there is a massive air pollution problem. The site sits quietly in the neighborhood of the famous Linked Hybrid …

HOK Toronto Gets Hairy for a Cause

This past November, the HOK Toronto office came together in support of Movember – an initiative committed to changing the face of men’s health.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during “Movember,” formerly known as November, to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide.

This year, that group of 4 million included eight men from HOK’s Toronto office: Calvin Smith, Allen Humphries, Hugo Arriojas, Mike Djukic, Denim Pascucci, Umair Imtiaz, Chansoo Byeon and Rukshan de Silva.

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We sat down with Rukshan’s moustache to …

Build it Forward – 2014

On Saturday November 22nd, HOK Houston along with other members of the Houston design, engineering and construction community, participated in the third annual ACE Mentor Program event Build it Forward, on site at the Marek Brothers Systems construction workshop. 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 19 outdoor storage benches that were donated to local charitable organizations. The HOK team- Eric Henderson, JaeMan Moon, Carrie Bagnall, and Andres Mendoza, led by Donald Hickman, partnered with mentored students in constructing 2 of the 19 benches. Recipients of …