Posts Tagged ‘Architect’

Q+A: Hui Dang, Senior Project Manager for HOK in Beijing

Thanks to Gigi Jiang in HOK’s Beijing office for this guest post.

Hui Dang HOK in Beijing

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


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, …

I am an Architect… Part 2

Couple months back, I am an Architect debuted.  After over 400,000 views later, these guys came out with part II.

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Who do you think won?

Happy Monday! :)

Q+A: Larry Malcic, Director of Design in HOK’s London Office

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After nearly a quarter-century leading design in HOK’s London office and 35 years as an architect, Larry Malcic is still learning. “I want to always be learning and growing,” he says. “That’s how you know you are alive.”

For Larry, each building is a monument. “It can be a monument to the architect’s ego if the client allows it to be,” he says. “But what it should be is a monument to the ambitions of the client, the community and the team. For architects, this is a tremendous responsibility and privilege.”

Take us through a typical day for the design director in HOK’s London office.

LM: This morning, I …

Q+A: Peter Ruggiero, HOK Design Principal

Peter Ruggiero, AIA, is a design principal based in Chicago and serving the Chicago, Florida and Texas practices. Since joining HOK in May 2011, he has led the design of several major projects. His favorite question is, “Why?”

How can architects be leaders in addressing society’s challenges?

PR: It is fairly easy to design attractive buildings using a toolbox. But that isn’t enough.

To create work of real merit, our solutions must have an embedded intelligence. Rather than responding to preconceived notions about what looks good and works, a solution should solve unique challenges. If we do this, the value will be intrinsically embedded in the building’s DNA. This is where …

I am an Architect…

“Oh you mean like Ted Mosby?”

Well ok no, not quite yet… working on that…

But, for those who want a quick explaination of what architects do, click on the video.

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Happy Monday! :)

Q+A: Todd Bertsch, Design Director for HOK in Atlanta

When he was six years old, Todd Bertsch, AIA, moved with his family to Atlanta from Pocatello, Idaho. Through what he calls “serendipity,” Todd never left. He earned his architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has spent his entire professional career in Atlanta. In 2008, he joined HOK as design director in our Atlanta office.

Todd and his wife, also an architect, live with their 11-year-old daughter in a house they designed together near Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s vibrant Virginia Highland neighborhood.

“I have seen Atlanta undergo a tremendous transformation over the past 30 years,” says Todd. “It is still young compared to Paris or …

On Display: New Office Annex to the US Embassy In Russia

As an addition to the original Moscow Chancery designed by HOK more than 20 years ago, the 241,000-sq.-ft. New Office Annex at the US Embassy in Moscow is one of the first embassies built under the new Department of State Design Excellence Program. It is scheduled to open in 2016.

At the request of our clients, Roger Schwabacher, AIA, and director of graphics Jim Doussard in HOK’s DC office recently designed and installed this display in the main lobby of the US Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations headquarters.

Q+A: HOK President Bill Hellmuth

Bill Hellmuth, AIA, who joined HOK in 1991 and ascended to president in 2004, leads design projects worldwide. But he is especially proud of the local architectural contributions of HOK’s Washington practice, which is located in Georgetown’s historic Canal House. Under Bill’s leadership over the past two decades, the DC studio has designed more than 25 buildings across the city.

Why is contributing to Washington’s built environment so important to you?

BH: I am committed to cities. They are my focus. Washington is a high-energy city with great institutions and museums and terrifically interesting things to do. It’s a wonderful place to live.

I love being able 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 …

Architect, Medical Planner, Filmmaker: Inside the Creative Mind of HOK LA’s Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson, a healthcare architect and medical planner in HOK’s Los Angeles studio, is burning the creative candle at both ends, so to speak. Armed with master’s degrees in both architecture and film production, she is an architect by day and a documentary filmmaker on the side. She’s currently working with her fiancé, also a documentary filmmaker, on “Be Prepared,” a film featuring Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya.

Architecture and film combine to feed Susan’s creative spirit. Here, she explains her love for both art forms:

Which came first, architecture or film?

I wrote my first screenplay when I was 12, so I guess you’d …

Designer Profile: HOK Asia-Pacific Managing Director Riccardo Mascia

Roof & Façade Asia (December 2010) published a Q&A with HOK Asia-Pacific Managing Director Riccardo Mascia, AIA, LEED AP. Riccardo leads HOK’s offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

“My contribution to HOK has been to use my skills as a designer and entrepreneur to transform parts of our business,” says Riccardo. “I see my job as designing HOK for the next 25 years and there is no place more influential for that project than Asia.”

The story begins with an overview of HOK and its major clients in Asia, who according to Riccardo include “China Construction Bank, Banglalore International Airport, Credit Suisse, Greenland, Government …

Designer Profile: HOK London Architect Barry Hughes


He’s an architect who finds design inspiration in the works of Le Corbusier and a cyclist who has held Lance Armstrong’s wheel. He is currently completing designs of the retail podium for a trio of towers in Azerbaijan and has represented the U.S. in the Cycling Masters World Championships. While there are more acclaimed architects and faster bike riders, it’s difficult to imagine someone with more talent in both areas than HOK London architect Barry Hughes.

The transplanted Texan, who lives with his architect wife, Jacqueline, in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood, is preparing to embark on an adventure …

Flickr Friday – George Bush Intercontinental Airport APM

The new Automated People Mover (APM) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston links  all the airport’s terminals for the very first time.  Check out all this newfound “connectivity” here….

A Fitting Tribute to the ‘O’ in HOK

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Most architects with the prominence and portfolio of Gyo Obata are expected to publish some type of vanity book honoring their work and career.

Gyo wanted to mix it up a bit.

Rather than producing a standard puff-piece homage to himself, he decided to include the perspectives of his clients (what a novel concept). Active listening has always been a signature element of Gyo’s work, so the approach is fitting – and refreshing.

Published by The Images Publishing Group,Gyo Obata: Architect | Clients | Reflections features 30 projects spanning five decades – and stretching from St. Louis to Saudi Arabia.

The new book also includes insights into Gyo’s childhood and …

The Dharma Initiative’s Architect?

Building management here in HOK’s office at Metropolitan Square in St. Louis just gave us new access cards. HOK Brand Sheriff Kelly Bathe, a colleague in the Marketing and Communications group, was the first to point out that the pattern on the card, which is some sort of building logo, looks a little like the Dharma Initiative logo from the brilliantly trippy ABC show Lost.

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Now I have to get back to work in the Orchid station before the Smoke Monster gets me. Lost wraps up its sixth and final season on Sunday night.

Happy Holidays from HOK!

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This holiday season, we are drawn to the uplifting stories of individuals whose resilience is an inspiration.

Our 2009 holiday e-card honors the creative spirit of Andrew Reach, an HOK architect whose career took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with a debilitating spine disease. Today, Andrew is an accomplished digital artist whose work inspires all of us.

Sometimes, adversity illuminates a new path.

Here’s to the new decade

HOK St. Louis Putts for Pooches! Woof.

dsc02173           Jeff Reynolds, Jeff Strohmeyer, Clark Davis, Bob Blaha, JoAnn Brookes, Dennis Laflen, Tom Goulden, Joe Berra and Tim Tynan 

If I actually knew how to golf, I would have raced out to Forest Park this past weekend — what a beautiful weekend it was — for the Third Annual Putting for Pooches Golf Tournament. I am a self-professed animal lover — here’s a pic of my basset hound Annabelle.

HOK had two teams in the 3rd Annual Putting for Pooches Golf Tournament. The team made up of Jeff Strohmeyer, Bob Blaha,

5 Questions for Brad Crown

Today’s featured HOKer is a person I’ve been dying to get to know (I hear a lot about him – all good of course – but haven’t had the chance to work with him):  the one and only Brad Crown.  You’ll notice I was so intrigued that I actually ended up with six questions instead of five.  Oops!  Read on…


Q: How did you come to HOK?

A: I am a second-time HOK employee – I originally left the

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Among the things I do best, one of them is thinking (really..!! i mean as compared to doing..!!). So, I was thinking about the content for my first blog post. And as usual I turned to my usual help – Google: “architecture”, “comics”. Some very interesting links came up. One that caught my attention was this one.

I repeat “this one“.

I was amazed with the blog this architecture master’s student has put together. Not only does it have some really cool post about renderings with 3d max and photoshop, it also has great examples of serious fun some architecture students are having.

Here are some of the post’s I really liked.

This one about a tower building competition. What was …