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Adrian Gainer – Regional Leader, Science and Technology

_I0A6622MedAs an expert in the science and technology field with 24 years experience, Adrian Gainer is particularly interested in exploring innovative solutions, adaptability, energy usage and creating effective and productive environments that inspire and facilitate scientific interaction and collaboration. Adrian chats to us about life at HOK, the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and his thoughts on the European Science & Technology market.

How can the design of a space influence scientific endeavours?

Whilst the UK has some of the best medical research facilities in the world, competition for funding often results in research taking place in disparate and isolated teams, with little or no interaction between institutions. However, breakthroughs in science …

HOK Hospitality Interiors Team Nets Top Award at Tabletop Challenge

Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot for this guest post.

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Right to left: HOK interior designers Rachel Mongeluzo and Rachel McCaslin decorate the winning table at the second annual Tabletop Challenge.

Rachel McCaslin and Rachel Mongeluzo, interior design professionals based in HOK’s New York office, were named winners of the second annual Tabletop Challenge, a competitive design event during the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). Held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, the IHMRS Show is one of the hospitality industry’s largest annual events.

The Tabletop Challenge calls for designers to create a stylish and imaginative vignette using various …

Global conversations at Greenbuild: Sustainability as a means of economic empowerment

Continuing on the Greenbuild highlights thread, I have to agree with Mara on how great a host city New Orleans was! Their story of resiliency and healthy restoration was not just brought to light in several of the sessions but also experientially apparent. IMG_8161

What stood out to me at Greenbuild this year? Definitely the expanded and inclusive focus on a global conversation especially as it relates to the realm of social sustainability in several parts of the developing world.

The topic of educating girls as a sustainable strategy to channelize emerging economies was brought up at the night of the opening plenary celebration and further emphasized next morning at the Women in …

HOK Teams Volunteer at Architecture for Humanity New York’s Day of Impact

Thanks to Richard Rivera and Marisa Caban for contributing to this post.

Last Saturday, HOK’s New York office participated in Architecture for Humanity New York’s first annual Day of Impact with two teams of volunteers. The event consisted of one-day service projects in different sites around the city to help support communities in need.

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One HOK crew joined over 250 other participants to help rebuild homes in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy two years ago. HOK’s New York office has a history of volunteering in the Rockaways, so it was disappointing for some participants to see that there are still so many families in need two …

IFMA World Workplace 2014

IFMA’s World Workplace 2014 annual conference and exposition took place September 17-19 in New Orleans. The conference was well-attended, with more than 1,000 industry professionals traveling to New Orleans to attend the conference and enjoy the city’s amazing food and music.

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Several HOK professionals participated. Lisa Brinkman and Cheryl Jefferies, part of HOK On-Site Services, attended the event. Leigh Stringer, Isilay Civan, Sofia Fonseca and Eva Garza participated as speakers.

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Designing the Ultimate Workplace: Reflections from WORKTECH 14 West Coast

Gordon WrightThanks to Gordon Wright, director of HOK’s global Consulting practice, for this guest post.

As I paced back and forth in the San Francisco airport waiting for my Friday afternoon flight, which had been delayed by four hours, I decided to do something productive with my extra time and record a few thoughts from the one-day WORKTECH 14 West Coast conference I had just participated in.

With themes ranging from the blurring of physical and virtual space to the city as the ultimate platform of innovation, the conference revolved around the future of space in the workplace. This is not necessarily a new topic, but certainly on the …

Office Carnival Raises $35,000+ for United Way

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In HOK’s St. Louis office Oct. 6 through 10 was the United Way Fair, a week-long campaign benefiting the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The campaign raised $35,219.84- more than $5,000 over goal- through pledge donations, lunches, a silent auction, games, a bake sale and raffles.

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This year’s theme was the United Way Fair, so a mini carnival was set-up in the office Thursday during lunch. It included a cakewalk, lollipop tree and a “pick-a-duck” pond. There was even a Wii with carnival games!

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Thank you …

New Ocean Friendly Garden Designed for Loma Vista Elementary

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Pictured above (from left to right) at the dedication of the garden: Sean Robinson (HOK), Jesse Doty (Clark Construction) and Ryan Shirah (Clark Construction).

Loma Vista students now have a new ocean friendly, drought-tolerant landscape design that allows for the capture of rainwater and beautifies their school. Many people from local companies came together as contributors to help this project happen, including several members of Clark’s on-site personnel and HOK’s Sean Robinson. After an old tree had to be removed from the property, the school was chosen by the Midtown Ventura Community Council’s “Adopt-A-School Program” as the recipient of this improvement project.

From augers to shovels and mulch to …

HOK’s Justin Ping Wins First Prize in International Design Workshop Competition

Justin Ping, a student intern in HOK’s Dallas office, recently returned from a two-week long student trip to China, where he was working on a five-day competition for the International Design Workshop on Waterfront Leisure, Recreation, and Sustainability in Zhengzhou, China.  The competition was composed of three teams, each with a mix of students and professionals from the University of Michigan, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and SPD Planning Design Corporation.

Each team developed proposals for a large park/commercial district in Zhengzhou, one of China’s rapidly developing cities.  The proposals were then presented to the client, as well as local government officials, and the workshop/presentations were documented and aired by the local media. The rate of growth in central China is …

USC Architectural Guild – Engage! with HOK!

This past summer, HOK’s Los Angeles office had the pleasure of hosting an event for USC Architectural Guild – Engage! .

The Engage! series is essentially an open house event that provides an opportunity for students, interns, architects, engineers and other allied professionals in the Los Angeles region to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, exchange and generate ideas, and learn about the host firm’s expertise and work.  Oh, and to have a good time!

(To piggy back on Laura‘s post) HOK Los Angeles’ Thomas Knittel was the featured speaker in this event.

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Marketing Principal, Alicia Wachtel kicked off the event with an introduction to HOK – what we do, how long we have …

HOK’s Yiselle Santos Selected to Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

Santos_Yiselle400Yiselle Santos, a senior design professional in HOK’s Washington, DC, office, has been selected as one of 16 scholars making up the 2015 class for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development (CKLD) Program. The first of its kind for the AIA DC chapter, the program was launched in 2013 with the goal of training and nurturing the next generation of leaders.

The CKLD program takes place over nine individual half-day sessions and covers eight core skills: marketing and business development, office and firm management, presentation and public speaking, professional ethics and the law, philanthropy and board involvement, community service, industry trends and the future of the practice. Each topic is …

Biomimicry for green building: Harnessing the genius of nature to help conserve water

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Last Tuesday night, HOK in Los Angeles’ Thomas Knittel took part in a panel hosted by the Westside Branch of the US Green Building Council in Los Angeles on the subject of water challenges, looking to nature for solutions – biomimetic approaches to water conservation.

As of July, over 58% of areas in California have entered the highest, or exceptional, stage of drought. In addition to the ongoing social, economic, and environmental costs of wasting water, new green building frameworks such as the Living Building Challenge are emphasizing Net-Zero or closed-loop water systems.

Thomas spoke about biomimicry, the emulation of elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex …

A Conversation With Kevin Chen, Director of Planning for HOK in Shanghai

KevinChenKevin Chen, ARBV, Ph.D. in Urban Design, is director of planning in HOK’s Shanghai office. Dr. Chen has more than 20 years of international planning and architectural design experience.

What’s unique about urban design in China?

KC: China’s urban designers must deal with unprecedented urbanization, as immigrants coming into our cities have tripled the urban population over the last 30 years. How to better accommodate these 100 million migrant workers and other permanent residents with city hukou (household registration) becomes a significant challenge. Ongoing models of community development must shift from gated residential quarters to open and resource-sharing neighborhoods. Laying out public amenities throughout communities can alleviate social issues triggered by the wealth gap. And …

Q+A with HOK’s Steve Henigan, EMEA Regional Leader, Consulting

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Steve Henigan joined HOK in London in 2013 to lead the firm’s regional consulting practice. In 2014, he received CoreNet’s Global Luminary Award for Excellence for being the highest-rated speaker at the EMEA 2013 CoreNet Summit.

1. What does your role entail?

My role is to lead and grow our consulting offering across the EMEA region. It is an interesting role as I am part of our global consulting leadership team and also work closely with the London management team across all of our disciplines. I see my role as having three key components:

  • Responsibility for the identification and securing of new opportunities from both new and existing clients. I spend

HOK Dallas Teams Up with Celanese for Hearts and Hammers

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The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex. The HOK Dallas office along with Celanese worked on the home for two weekends in a row scraping trim and siding, replacing rotted siding, cutting down overgrown trees, priming and painting the trim and siding, caulking and completing some light yard work.

 

HOK Dallas’ Pedro Pesantes Showcases His Work at the LIA ENLACES Exhibition

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Pedro Pesantes will be showcasing some of his work at the Dallas AIA Enlaces exhibition this year and we are very excited about this opportunity! The pictures attached are a small version of the presentation board.  This showcased four of his favorite personal projects that he did while at SCAD.  The numbers on the pictures represent his experience level so No. 1 is during his first years while No. 4 is his thesis project.

 

 

Los Angeles Teams Build Bikes for Kids

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HOK’s LA office participated in the second annual Geared for Kids bike-build event sponsored by Haworth this past Saturday, Sept. 13.

Haworth donated two dozen bicycles to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, who selected children from low-income families, who could not otherwise afford to purchase bicycles on their own, to receive them. Haworth invited design firms from around LA to provide teams to assemble the new bikes alongside the children who received them. The Santa Monica Police Bicycle Patrol was also on-hand to provide safety and rules of the road training to the recipients.

A big thank you to the members of the two HOK LA teams that built …

BIM + GIS: Using InfraWorks and Revit to Make Stunning Presentations

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HOK Chicago’s buildingSMART Manager Dave Ivey recently spoke at Northwestern University’s third biennial Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction. The 2014 Symposium assembled design and construction researchers, academics and practitioners to present state-of-the-art technology and prospects for future advancements.

As the keynote speaker, Ivey focused his presentation on showing the audience how to use InfraWorks and Revit to create appealing presentations. Ivey focused on the following learning objectives:

  • Why BIM is useful to GIS
  • How GIS works with Big Data
  • How to create a Chicago city model in InfraWorks

Ivey walked the audience through the creation of the Chicago city model in InfraWorks by utilizing GIS data previously compiled from city, state and federal databases. In InfraWorks users …

The Next Generation Sustainable Design Leader

I have always taken my role as a mentor pretty seriously, but this rose to new heights last month when I brought my five month old daughter to the annual summit of the Architecture + Design Sustainable Design Leader network.  Held on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle, the summit brought together a group of 50 people who serve as sustainable design directors at mid- to large-sized firms.

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I had special help with my presentation on energy efficiency at the Oregon State Hospital at Salem.  Photo by Alex Wilson

This is my sixth year attending the summit, and I have come to count many …

It’s Showtime! The Dallas HOK office kicks off the weekend with a movie.

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Our office decided on the movie “Lucy” to watch together before heading into the weekend.  Good times!

 

 

Q+A: Keith Hui, HOK Director of Aviation + Transportation in Asia Pacific

Keith HuiBased in HOK’s Hong Kong office, Keith Hui, AIA, NCARB, directs the firm’s Aviation + Transportation practice in the Asia Pacific region. He has 20 years of experience in the planning and designing of aviation and transportation facilities worldwide.

We asked Keith about recent innovative projects, market trends and why he enjoys his work.

HOK has been designing airports since its founding in 1955. But what are some recent noteworthy projects or innovations? 

KH: HOK designed the first LEED-certified airport in the world at Boston-Logan, the first LEED Gold-certified airport in India in …

HOK LA’s Jessica Linn on “Millennials in the Workplace” During Haworth’s 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series

Jessica Linn from HOK in LA’s Interiors division sat on the panel and participated in a small group case study during this year’s Haworth distinguished speaker series, where Millennials were the topic of discussion. What is your perspective on how Millenials are impacting the work environment?

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St. Louis Team Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Site

Ten St. Louis HOK staff members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis build in Spanish Lake, Missouri. The HOK team worked on two of the five homes on the site, where the investment of a little sweat equity helped two soon-to-be homeowners get one step closer to settling into their new residence.

Back row from left: Marketing Manager Jill Davis, Technical Principal Angelo Arzano, Regional Leader of Planning Jeff Davis, Travel Consultant Gina Werkmeister, Ken Werkmeister, Marketing Principal Lance Cage. Front row from left: Interior Design Professional Mackenzie McCulloch, Field Representative Bruce Fraser, Senior Project Architect David Camp.

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HOK Dallas “swings” into Summertime!

Top Golf! The Dallas office loves to chip, putt and drive together as a team!  Friday afternoon at Top Golf was a perfect time to celebrate our employees and our culture. 

HOK Doubles Up at IIDA’s Product Runway

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This spring, not one but two HOK teams from the Houston practice (Architecture and Interiors) participated in IIDA Texas – Oklahoma Chapter’s 6th Annual “Product Runway.” The 2014 theme was “Garden of Secrets.”

The challenge was to design and construct couture garments utilizing interior design materials provided to the teams by industry partners. Design teams were assigned a specific species of foliage and the garments had to reveal a hidden secret.

The Architecture team won 3rd place overall and ‘Best Use of Hard Goods’! The dress, weighing 30 pounds, consisted of 850 glass tiles …

Marriott Marquis Opening Wows in Washington, DC

Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot and Christina Hart in HOK’s New York City office for this post.

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Last week, several colleagues in HOK’s New York and Washington DC practices were invited guests at the official opening ceremony of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, the newest and largest property of Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and the brand’s 4,000th hotel. The property is owned by Quadrangle Development, along with its partner Capstone, and …

Q+A with Hal Kantner, HOK’s Director of Visual Communications

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Hal Kantner, AIGA, LEED GA, is the director of HOK’s visual communications group. Providing clients with creative programming and design, he brings organizational, marketing and management skills to the business of visual communications.

What is a typical day like for you?

HK: It seems my personal pursuits and my work in design ceased to be distinct and separate spheres some time ago. At present, the days seem to have graduated from a career to a calling. Each day is a bigger gift than I usually take the time to realize, though I do try to lift up my head from the daily turmoil and catch a glimpse of our great …

HOK’s NYC Team Competes in J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

HOK TeamLast week, HOK colleagues battled the masses at the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in New York. Along with 15,000+ competitors, HOK staff trekked 3.3 miles around Central Park, standing out from the crowd in signature light blue running shirts with bright orange logos (custom-designed by Alan Stevenson).

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Charitable giving is an important component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. Approximately $2 million has been donated to various non-profits in participating cities over the past three years. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in New York benefits the Central Park Conservancy.

Beach Bound: HOK at the AIA Houston Sandcastle

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On May 31 st, HOK Houston participated in the 28th annual AIA Houston Sandcastle competition. A total of 63 teams comprised of architects, engineers, designers and schools competed for the coveted Golden Bucket Award. The planning and competitive spirit for the big day began months in advance here at HOK Houston with an internal office wide call for ideas, design development and assigning duties.  HOK participated under the ‘Most Hilarious’ category with its design of the ‘Shellfie’. On the day of the event, beginning early at 6 am, the team battled through the storm and still managed to have some fun while putting it all together.

Additionally this year, the teams along with Galveston …

West Coast v. East Coast: It’s Throwdown Time at HOK!

These are historic times.  For those of you who don’t follow hockey, the Los Angeles Kings are meeting the New York Rangers for the first time ever in the Stanley Cup Final.  Sure, the teams met in the NHL playoffs in 1981, but that was back when the divisions and conferences had names.  Now, it’s a battle for coastal supremacy – Western Conference v. Eastern Conference.

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Sure, when you think of Los Angeles, you don’t usually think hockey.  But the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, only 2 years ago.  When was the last time the Rangers won …