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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 in 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.

Mr. Marriott and other Marriott family and team members cut the ribbon at the Marriott Marquis DC opening. Mr. Marriott and other Marriott family and team members cut the ribbon at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opening.

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 …

Q+A with Tom Polucci, Director of Interiors Based in HOK’s New York Office

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Tom Polucci, AIA, IIDA, LEED GA, director of interiors based in New York City, discusses how his colleagues and clients inspire him every day. He also comments on workplace trends and explains how design can support healthier work environments.

As a firm-wide interiors leader, Tom is a member of HOK’s board of directors and marketing board. He has more than 20 years of experience managing the design of projects for organizations worldwide. Educated, trained and licensed as an architect, Tom focuses on creating exceptional environments for clients.

What workplace design trends are you seeing? What do you predict for the future?

TP: Collaboration is still key. Everyone is focused …

HOK Toronto Gets Nutty

Getting everything ready for Nutella Fest! Getting everything ready for Nutella Fest!

Of the many things the HOK Toronto office can be deadly serious about, food and festivals make the top of the list. And Nutella’s upcoming 50th anniversary provided the perfect opportunity to merge the two, and smother it with Nutella.

On Thursday May 15, HOK Toronto’s nutters and nibblers came together for Nutella fest 2014, a gathering to honour Nutella’s 50th Anniversary with homemade Nutella goodies.

Inventive treats included:

  • Nutella stuffed peanut butter cookies with sea salt
  • Nutella empanadas
  • Nutella with chips for dipping, aptly and humorously named the “Captain Obvious”
  • Nutella-Pear Crumble
  • Nutella Croissant
  • Nutella wrapped in phyllo pastry
  • Nutella Gelato
  • Blizzard cookies featuring, you guessed it, Nutella

HOK Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine Featured in Interiors & Sources Interview

Bill ValentineAs part of its 30th anniversary, the magazine invited some of the notable designers that it has profiled through the years to reflect on their personal journeys since then and talk about how they feel about design today—and tomorrow.

HOK Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine, FAIA, retired in 2012 after 50 years as a design leader at HOK. Today, he lives in Mill Valley, Calif., and continues to consult on design projects with HOK.

Here are excerpts from Bill’s interview with Interiors & Sources:

In our 2003 cover story, you had said, “Architecture, in its best light, is a social instrument about how you can make the living condition better. And, so, that’s

Architect Dad: Charlie’s Night at the Career Fair

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Charlie Lutz, a senior design professional in our St. Louis office, had a chance to participate in last month’s career fair at Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction, where his son goes to school. The kids had fun learning what an architect does, and we suspect Charlie had just as much fun – if not more. Here’s what he shared from the experience:

Charlie 2 Career Night“Everyone from Pre-K to 5th grade was there. People from all sorts of careers were represented: astronomer, electrician, personal trainer, financial planner, animal and hunger non-profit, meteorologist, architect, and even FBI agent.

“Several people brought things from their respective …

In the Spotlight: HOK’s Julia Monk on Design in China

Julia Monk Headshot 2Julia Monk, AIA, IIDA, is a senior principal and director of HOK’s hospitality practice. Julia has been based in Shanghai since 2010, and recently offered Contract Magazine readers some insight about designing hospitality interiors in China.

Today, is the economy healthy in China for firms to obtain projects? How does it compare with, say, six years ago, before the recession 
in the United States? How is it different now? 

While the Chinese government watched other world economies crash in 2008 and 2009, China maintained an enviable seven percent growth rate, and that generally continues today. This steadiness is significant, particularly as its population of 1.3 billion continues …

HOK Rocks On at Eco Jam 2014

In honour of Earth Day, HOK-ers from the Toronto office participated in Smith + Andersen’s Eco Jam 2014, an event that aims to raise money for Trees Ontario, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the re-greening of Ontario and hosted by S + A’s sustainability division, Footprint.

The event brought together industry professionals for a night of live music and talent pooled from some of the city’s most prominent firms, HOK included!

Jenny Hyatt, Gordon Stratford, Jozef Pilasanovic and Dean Macapagal braved the stage to entertain their peers and coworkers, with many other HOK team members in attendance to cheer them on.

Jozef as Frontman! Jozef as frontman!

Jozef Pilasanovic, an associate in …

HOK’s Patrick MacLeamy Delivers Keynote at BIMForum: BIM, BAM, BOOM!

HOK’s chairman and CEO described “The Promise of BIM” in his April 23 keynote address at the Spring 2014 BIMForum in Boston.

Architects and contractors “are all in this together,” said Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA. “The building industry has suffered because we don’t work together. We are now learning how to do that with BIM.”

MacLeamy provided a brief history of BIM, described what’s new at buildingSMART and explained the meaning behind ‘BIM, BAM, BOOM!’

“We can save enough money during the lifetime of a building to pay for the design and construction with great ease,” he said. “That’s the real promise of BIM: the efficiency we can garner if we just work together as partners.”

Watch Patrick’s 17-minute …

HOK LA: King of the Beach

For nearly 30 years, Heal the Bay has supported a healthy and vibrant Santa Monica Bay.  The Los Angeles office has been very involved with Heal the Bay for over fifteen years, and is once again ready to dominate the Designer Sandcastle Competition.  A/E firms from all over LA will build jaw-dropping, creative forms that support the great work that Heal the Bay does.  As an original sponsor in 1998, HOK is very pleased to once again join forces with Heal the Bay as a Coordinating Partner for this year’s event.

pictured l to r: Jamila Valero, Bryant Suh, Steven Christian, Suellen Asato, Mike Goetz, Jane Skulmoski pictured l to r: …

Celebrating Sandy Reyna’s 35 Years of Service to HOK

Thanks to Leslie Johns for this guest post.

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Senior Engineering Design Professional Sandy Reyna is celebrating 35 years at HOK – and counting.

Members of the Houston office gathered this morning to celebrate with Sandy, who came to us in 1994 when HOK joined with CRSS, where she had worked since graduating from high school.

Sandy practices HVAC engineering and is in good company. The HVAC engineering design team in Houston has 125+ combined years of experience!

Congratulations Sandy, and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.

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

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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 targeting LEED Platinum certification.

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Q+A: Jeff Kaeonil, HOK’s Asia Pacific Director of Design

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Jeff Kaeonil, LEED AP BD+C, studied architecture at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, but his career path took him on brief stints in construction and urban design before he returned to his field of choice. “My passion was always architecture,” he says.

Jeff joined HOK in 2006 as director of design for our Asia Pacific practice. Here, he shares his thoughts on design, recent projects and life in Hong Kong.

How did you end up in Hong Kong?

JK: Some friends were living in Hong Kong at the time, and I was in San Francisco. One called me and said, “You should come to Hong Kong. …

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.

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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, …

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 …

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.

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 …