Contributor Profiles

Aditya Oruganti in San Francisco
Aditya is part of the Strategic Accounts + Consulting group in HOK's San Francisco office.
Alanna Malone in New York
Alanna is a corporate communications specialist and sustainable design enthusiast based in HOK's New York City Office.
Andrew Mechenes in Chicago
Andrew Mechenes is a marketing professional in HOK’s Chicago office. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Andrew understands the importance of urban planning, architecture and not putting ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog.
Chris Laul in New York
As HOK New York’s newest member of the Management Committee, Christopher Laul has been a key contributor to expanding HOK’s tri-state presence. With more a decade of experi¬ence in marketing and business development in the A/E/C Industry, Christopher joins five other members representing the strategic marketing efforts for HOK’s New York practice.
Colin Rohlfing in Chicago
Colin is the sustainable design director in HOK’s Chicago office and a co-founder of the Young Designer Networking Group, aka, “YoDeNG.” He graduated from the University of Kansas with an Architectural Engineering degree and is horrible with names, so don’t be offended if he stares at you blankly.
David Ivey in Chicago
David is the BIM manager and co-buildingSMART champion in HOK's Chicago office. In 2008 he founded a BIM/IPD user group for the Chicagoland area.
David Ziolkowski in St. Louis
David is a Senior Architectural Lighting Designer with HOK Lighting Group, the lighting design team based in St. Louis.
Ekaterina (Katja) Lichtenstein in London
Katja works as an architect/urban designer in HOK's London office. She was born in Russia, grew up in Germany, studied in Berlin and New York, and has worked in Paris.
Eva Garza in Miami
Eva is a senior consultant in HOK's Miami consulting practice, where she provides programming, workplace strategies and change management advice to HOK clients.
Eve Chung in London
Eve is the Communications Manager for the London office. She was raised in Malaysia, where the educational emphasis often lay in mathematics and the sciences. Eve, on the other hand, could always be found drawing, painting or making things, which led her to pursue further education in the arts in the UK, and then later interior architecture.
Gerald Callo in Houston
Gerald is an Environmental Graphic Designer for HOK Visual Communications based out of the Houston office.
James Vandezande in New York
James is a firm-wide BIM leader based in HOK's New York City office. He is a registered architect, author, and a regular blogger on allthingsbim.com. .
Jenna Redline in Chicago
Jenna Redline is a marketing coordinator in HOK’s Chicago office.
Jennifer Cocker in Dallas
Jennifer is an Interior Design Professional as well as a BIM Coordinator in the HOK Dallas office.
John Gilmore in St. Louis
John brings the story of HOK to life for the world, literally. As a senior writer based in St. Louis, his words shine an intelligent light on the people, projects and experiences of the firm on the web, in print and in speeches given all over the globe.
John Cantrell in Atlanta
John is part of the interiors group in Atlanta and one of the firm’s most adamant Sustainable Champions. Though he claims to exist in an erratically confused state about what is right and wrong in design and life — and says that his sentences are “oddly coherent” — most people don’t have any trouble understanding what he is saying.
Jordan Lambie in Toronto
Jordan is an urbanist, educator, traveler and writer. Originally from a small town in Ontario, Jordan studied urban and regional planning in Toronto and has since been traveling the world as an urban designer.
Komal Kotwal in Houston
Komal Kotwal is a Senior Sustainable Design Specialist in HOK’s Houston office.
Kristen Harrison in Dallas
Kristen is Director of Business Development for the North Texas region and works with the different leaders in the region to help grow their business.
Leigh Stringer in Washington, DC
Leigh sits in HOK's Washington, DC, office. When she is not taking care of clients, listening to her husband talk politics, or playing with her two little girls, she writes a lot. Her book, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line, is a spin-off of from her blog of the same name, where she is the founder and editor.
Mara Baum in San Francisco
As the Sustainable Design Leader for HOK’s global healthcare practice, Mara oversees sustainability implementation, research, education across the healthcare market sector. An HOK boomerang, Mara re-joined the firm in 2010 after an eight year “sabbatical” that included two masters degrees, a research fellowship with the US Green Building Council, a career in healthcare architecture, and a lot of really fun adventures. She is based in San Francisco. Follow Mara on Twitter @marabaumAIA.
Michelle Pinkston Ohle in St Louis
Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, Michelle is a landscape architect in St. Louis who loves working with the element of our physical environment that is alive and ever-changing. She joined HOK to work at projects of every scale - and because she enjoyed arguing with Jim during her first interview and thought it would be a fun place to work.
Mike McKeown in Dallas
Mike McKeown is a senior workplace strategist with HOK Strategic Accounts + Consulting group. Based in Dallas, Mike specializes in workplace strategy including: facility programming, trends and benchmarking, space utilization, workplace anthropology and change management.
Pearl McLin in Los Angeles
Pearl is the BIM coordinator in HOK’s Los Angeles office, as well as an avid skier and accomplished amateur chef. She was born in Hong Kong and spent time in New York City before heading to Southern California to attend USC, where she studied architecture.
Reagan Branham in St. Louis
Reagan is a writer, graphic designer and marketer. She has been a marketing coordinator based in HOK’s St. Louis office since 2011.
Richard Smith in Ottawa
Richard is a licensed architect in the Ottawa office and joined HOK in late 2011. Richard’s hand-writing is illegible without a magnifying glass, or at bare minimum, a lot of squinting.
Stephanie Spann in St. Louis
A structural engineer in the St. Louis office, Stephanie Spann is a self-proclaimed engi-nerd. She spends much of her time trying to figure out how architects can ignore gravity and prefers to work with people who don’t sugar coat things because she certainly does not!
Stephen Conschafter in Washington, DC
Stephen is a senior consultant based in HOK's Washington, DC office. With a passion for urbanism and the built environment, Stephen specializes in workplace strategy, urban planning and design -- including: trends and benchmarking, space utilization, master planning and site design.
Steve Ma in Hong Kong
Steve is a self-proclaimed good “bad cop” senior planner in the HOK Planning Group’s Hong Kong office. He spends a tremendous amount of time in the sky traveling the HOKsphere to collaborate with other planners and designers.
Steven Christian in Los Angeles
Always curious about different cultures and communities, ranging from across the globe down to what's in the local neighbourhood.
Yiselle Santos in Washington, DC
Yiselle Marie Santos is a vibrant young architect hailing from Puerto Rico and currently practicing her craft in the DC studio. She exudes energy and can bring life to any conversation. Yiselle has a BS of General Science with a concentration in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico at the Rio Piedras Campus. She went on to obtain her Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University in New York.