Archive for the ‘People’ Category

HOK Participates in the San Francisco AIDS Walk

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HOK’s San Francisco office participated in the San Francisco AIDS Walk this past weekend, a 10k fundraising walk benefiting Project Inform and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area. The team was able to exceed their fundraising goal through various activities such as bake sales, guest bartending, and generous support from friends and loved ones. Thanks to all who helped us reach our goal!

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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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HOK Dallas is more than DESIGN!

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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!

HOK-LA Celebrates Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day, and like many fellow HOK offices, the LA office has set forth to celebrate our stewardship of our home with a combination of education, volunteerism, and some always welcomed social interaction while enjoying the beautiful California climate.

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Last Friday in a bit of an early celebration, staff took part in an extended lunch to hike to the top of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, …

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 …

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.

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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.

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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 …

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 on Campus: 2015 Career Fair Schedule

Join HOK's team of talented planners and designers.

For all of you aspiring architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, graphic designers and more: If you love design and want to work with great people for what we think are the world’s best clients (OK, we’re a little biased), we want to meet you. Here’s the schedule for HOK’s upcoming campus visits. If you’re on campus, please come out and introduce yourself! We’d love to get to know you.

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Stanford University

Feb. 19
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Feb. 23
Virginia Tech

Feb. 25
Syracuse University

Feb. 27
Louisiana State University
Savannah College of Art and Design

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Harvard Graduate School of Design

March 5
University of Illinois 

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Columbia University
University of Houston

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ARTIC – The Topic of Discussion

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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.

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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 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, …

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

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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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

Happy Thanksgiving

This annual ‘delicious’ thanksgiving luncheon that brings all of us here in Houston together to mark the beginning of the holiday season is definitely one of my favorite office traditions! In addition to the classics that get brought in, the wide variety of  foods from different cultures seen on the table is the best representation of the diverse group we have here!  A big thank you to Cindy Landry for leading this massive undertaking with an army of volunteers responsible for table set up, flower decoration, food set up, labeling, holiday centerpieces, clean up and storage! THANKSGIVING

Making Hunger Extinct: HOK in Houston at CANstruction

This year the “CANstruction” team from HOK’s Houston office decided to go big and craft a mighty T-Rex to help make hunger extinct!

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Several Houston-area architects, engineers and construction firms competed to build creative and ingenious “CANsculptures” with canned food and other non-perishable food items. All items were then donated to the Houston Food Bank to benefit the less fortunate throughout the greater Houston area.

A big shout out to the HOK team – Matt LeinartDavid Baldacchino, Randy Taylor, Todd Neisner, Diana Codispoti, Richard Bugbee, Ceci Bugbee, Lindsey Merz, Hilary Jones, Chris Roberts and Francisco Silva along with Linbeck construction for crafting this giant creation from over 4,800 cans of food. Seen in the picture above is part of the …

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.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 …

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.