Posts Tagged ‘AIA’

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, …

AIA East Bay Tours HOK San Francisco Office

By: Julia Oseland

On Monday, August 19, HOK in San Francisco opened its doors to the AIA East Bay Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Group for the Chapter’s Firm Tours Summer Series. The event was attended by 25 guests from the AIA East Bay and 10 from the HOK’s Young Designers Group. HOK’s Ted Davalos, AIA, LEED AP, senior vice president and senior project manager and a member of the AIA East Bay Chapter and Arnold Lee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and senior project designer kicked off the evening with a presentation followed by a tour and three short project presentations about HOK’s current work. The project presentations were given by architectural …

Justin Kelly Named AIA San Francisco 2013 Young Architect of the Year

Congratulations to HOK in San Francisco’s Justin Kelly, who was recently named the 2013 Young Architect of the Year by the AIA San Francisco Chapter.

“Justin is a rare individual whose combination of deep technical knowledge and a sensitive eye uniquely position him as a special professional. His leadership brings visions to reality; his dedication improves the public realm.” – Paul Woolford, Design Principal, HOK in San Francisco

A licensed architect, Justin has been with HOK for five years. In both his personal and professional activities, Justin is motivated by engagement with the physical world. A love of materials and making things drove him to become a successful engineer, and further to …

Q+A: Kenneth Drucker, Design Director for HOK in New York

Like a proud father, Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, notes that two of his New York team’s projects that began more than half a decade ago have opened in recent months: Harlem Hospital’s new Mural Pavilion and a replacement hospital for the University Medical Center at Princeton.

While keeping an eye on all of the projects coming out of HOK’s New York studio, Ken is also designing a headquarters for Korean energy company Samchully in Seoul and the Singapore Chancery infill building in Manhattan. He recently began design of a new ambulatory care center for New York-Presbyterian Hospital on a prominent Upper East Side site. Finally, he just returned …

A Baseline for Sustainability: the New International Green Construction Code

Thanks to HOK Director of Sustainable Design Mary Ann Lazarus, co-chair of the AIA IgCC Task Force, for this guest post.

Did you all feel the earth shake last Wednesday, March 28? Why? Because that’s when the International Code Council issued the new International Green Construction Code (IgGC). So what? Code language usually isn’t that exciting, and typically sets the low bar for design. Well the IgCC is different in so many ways.

The IgCC is the result of many years labor by the ICC, AIA, USGBC, IESNA and others to define a new baseline of sustainability that will apply to all commercial construction. It incorporates as an option …

Designing in Borneo

You’ve heard of the Sultan of Brunei? (Back when Bill Gates was a nobody, the Sultan was the richest man in the world.) In a sense, His Royal Highness was our client for a project to plan the entire city of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei, in Borneo. (You’ve heard of Borneo? One of the biggest islands in the world, full of dense rainforest, orangutans, world class diving, and Mount Kinabalu…)

Planning for an entire, 100-square kilometre city in the rainforest was, as you might expect, a great challenge. Besides the overt environmental aspects of design, we had to take into account concepts distinct to Brunei, like Melayu Islam Beraja:  the national philosphy promulgating …

HOK’s Bob Schwartz Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Bob Schwartz
, FAIA, a justice planner and designer with HOK in St. Louis, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2012 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.” Bob becomes one of only about 3,000 members of the 80,000 AIA members to receive this honor.

Since joining HOK in1979, Bob has dedicated his career to transforming the design of U.S. courthouses, pretrial detention centers, correctional and local law enforcement facilities. His design leadership has helped make …

Architecture at Zero Competition: An Award for HOK San Francisco!

Talk about ending the year on a high note!

2011 has been a great year for HOK’s competitive spirit – what with a major competition win in the Metropolis Net Zero competition followed by our latest award:

A Jury Recognition Award for HOK San Francisco’s entry to the Architecture at Zero International Competition, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco and PG&E!

HOK’s Entry Board for the Architecture at Zero Competition (Click to enlarge)

The project brief was to create a mixed-use building or set of buildings that includes housing, retail space and a new library branch on an industrial urban infill site in Emeryville, California. More importantly, the crux of the competition was the mandate that the …


Congratulations to the team at HOK in Washington DC for winning a 2011 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Award!  Their submission for the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory earned them a citation in the category of “BIM Excellence.”

The AIA TAP BIM Awards competition has been an annual event since 2005 that originally focused on drawing automation to improve coordination, speed and accuracy. In 2011, the jury evaluated projects on the merits of  using BIM to support sustainable design solutions and proactive project management. The chair of the AIA TAP Knowledge Community – Calvin Kam, AIA – states: “the goal is to push the field from representation to integration, simulation, automation, and optimization.”

HOK’s project …

KAUST Library Wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award

The library at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, better known as KAUST, recently earned an AIA/ALA Library Building Award for design excellence.

This building isn’t just a place to store books. Designers focused on the social and technological sides of learning to bring this library to life. (The design is sustainable, too – KAUST happens to be the world’s largest LEED-NC Platinum facility!)

“Those of us who work in the KAUST library every day certainly appreciate its architectural beauty,” KAUST library director Joseph Branin said. “It is a wonderful building to work in, and more important, the students …

Interview with Charles Lee, AIA SF Young Associate 2010

HOK San Francisco has been consistently recognized by the AIA for many stellar accomplishments in Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, and also for the wealth of talent that this office is home to. Both recipients for the Young Architect + Associate Awards in 2008 (Jason Dale Pierce and Rachel Bannon-Godfrey) were from HOK, and this year’s award recipient for the AIA SF Young Associate is HOK San Francisco’s own Charles Lee.  Besides being on the Aviation/Architecture team at HOK  and involved in research work on bio-mimicry, Charles is also one of the friendliest people in the office and always ready for a chat (….and we are cubicle-neighbors too!). Read on for an interview with Charles, as we talk about his background, career focus and …

Live Blogging from the AIA Center for Architecture in NYC

Women Across HOK | Sheila Cahnman


As we continue on with our Women of HOK series, we’re staying up north, but jumping from Toronto to Chicago to visit with Sheila Cahnman.

Sheila Cahnman has been with HOK only 5 years, but during her tenure here she has become a major contributor.

Her expertise in healthcare architecture has furthered HOK’s practice in that market and her extensive writing and lecturing has brought a rigor to projects.

One of Chicago’s Group Vice Presidents, Sheila has left an indelible mark on every project she’s been a part of.  Her work revolves around people, their environment, and the role design can play in bettering people’s lives.

Outside of the office, Sheila is …

Honoring a Legend: Mr. Willie M. Pena

Willie speaking

The Houston Chapter of the AIA recognized a legend in the architecture community for his contribution to, and uncompromising support of, the profession. Of course, I am writing about William M. Pena, FAIA, known to many of us here in Houston as just ‘Willie.’ Willie defined the practice of architectural programming, co-authoring four books on the topic. The process of problem seeking evolved over many years and involved many architects working with clients to reach programming decisions that support good design. The passing of years has not affected the process – it still holds fast. The tools have improved, thanks to technology, but the fundamental principals have remained …

AIA does Facebook

The AIA has turned to Facebook to promote National Architecture Week. Let’s hope that’s not because they’ve sussed how much architects may or may not check their Facebook account ;-).

National Architecture Week (13th – 19th April) is a catalyst for public celebrations and conversations around the U.S. about the impact that architecture has on our lives. RSVP to the Facebook event if you want to join in the discussions.

Take a look!

Blog Buzz

The rich, distinctive voices that are emerging through Life at HOK are generating some industry buzz. AIA Archiblog, the blog of the American Institute of Architects, features a great piece on our happy selves.  Penned by AIArchitect Associate Editor Zach Mortice, the post explores our purpose, links to sample posts, and includes the perspectives of Barry, Yiselle, John and Justin.

Here’s to our “vibrant design culture that reaches around the globe…”

HOK’s “Corporate Bloggers” (AIArchitect)

Ever wonder why people think Architects are so pompous?

Because the organization that represents our profession encourages this stereotype…maybe it’s not a stereotype, after all. Below is just ONE example from a AIA pamphlet entitled “How to work ‘I am an architect’ into casual conversation.” Don’t worry, there are 11 more examples that teach us how to belittle the professions of those around us while reassuring ourselves that we’re hotter than a billy goat in a pepper patch (thank you common Texas for that one).

I’m a doctor, blah blah blah, blah blah.

Oh that’s great. I’m an architect, sucker. Checkmate!

To see the other examples of the AIA recruiting pamphlet, click here.

Image courtesy of the AIA website and pamphlet