Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

St. Louis Interns Inspire, Collaborate and Discover with ReFabSTL

As summer winds down, internships are wrapping up for Cari, Scott and Thomas in the St. Louis office. During their time here, the interns have been involved in a variety of projects and experiences. In addition to working on project work for sports & recreation, healthcare and corporate projects, the group was also involved in site visits and one-on-one meetings with local leadership. Each of these experiences aimed to give the interns a greater understanding of the different facets of an architecture practice.

Cari, Scott and Thomas onsite at the BJC HealthCare Kingshighway Campus Renewal project. Cari, Scott and Thomas onsite at the BJC HealthCare Kingshighway Campus Renewal project.

As a group,

Architect Dad: Charlie’s Night at the Career Fair


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 …

Members of IMPACT meet with area middle school students

The Aim High students pose for a group photo after spending the morning in HOK's St. Louis office.

The Aim High students pose for a group photo after spending the morning in HOK’s St. Louis office. 

Members of HOK IMPACT recently met with 70 area middle school students in the Aim High St. Louis program to help them learn about architecture.

The 5th to 8th grade students spend the morning learning about HOK and what it means to be a professional architect, then broke into small work groups where they were challenged to think like an architect about a space they are very familiar with – their own …

BBG-BBGM Joins HOK to Create Top Hospitality Design Firm

We are thrilled to welcome the hospitality experts of BBG-BBGM in New York and Shanghai to HOK. (Here’s the official announcement.) The addition of a premier hospitality design firm’s team to HOK’s already strong hospitality group will have amazing benefits for our clients and their guests across the world. Based on BD+C’s 2013 survey, our combined practice is now a top-five hospitality design firm.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Our new hospitality interiors group will be led by Julia Monk in Shanghai, Christina Hart in New York and Toronto’s Randa Tukan, who has helped guide the growth of HOK’s hospitality practice. BBG-BBGM …

Q+A: Paul Woolford, Director of Design in HOK’s San Francisco Studio

After stops in New York, London, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED BD+C, is back in San Francisco for the third time, and this time he has found a home.

Paul arrived in HOK’s San Francisco office in 1997. He spent two years mentoring under then-HOK president Bill Valentine before heading east to direct design in the firm’s new Atlanta office. In 2006, he returned to the West Coast to lead the San Francisco studio.

Paul lives in the Twin Peaks neighborhood, on the city’s tallest hill, in a Bauhaus-influenced early modernist house he shares with his partner, Rick Freeman, and their dog, Georgia.

“How …

Paul Woolford on How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of the San Francisco Museum at the Mint

Thanks to Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, design director in HOK’s San Francisco office, for this post describing the vision for the San Francisco Museum at the Mint adaptive reuse project, which will be one of the country’s most environmentally innovative museums.

This once was a working metal factory that produced gold and silver bars and coins. There also was a public function where people exchanged gold or silver dust for coins and bars.

To organize the building program, we swept away all the unfortunate interventions that had altered the building since the federal government stopped using it as a mint in the 1930s. To understand how the renovated building …

HOK San Mateo County Jail Team Presents to San Francisco AIA/AAJ

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The HOK team, including Jeff Goodale and Alan Bright along with Sergeant Dave Titus from San Mateo County and Steve Baylock from Sundt-Layton Joint Venture,  presented the Maple Street Complex Facilities project to the San Francisco AIA AAJ on June 12.

The presentation focused on the experiences the team has had combining the design-build and construction manager at risk delivery methods and the design and sustainability features of the project. The San Mateo County Jail is a $125 million project located in Redwood City, California. It will serve as a re-entry step between the current Maguire Correctional Facility and the …

Virtual Meetings Enhance Design of University at Buffalo Medical School

HOK designers in New York, St. Louis and Atlanta are using virtual meetings with their University at Buffalo (UB) client team to improve the design process for UB’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The seven-story medical school will bring 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students daily to downtown Buffalo and, at more than 500,000 square feet, will be one of the largest buildings constructed in Buffalo in decades.

Three days after Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East Coast last October, HOK’s project team was scheduled to have a meeting …

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 …

Introducing HOK’s 2013 Design Annual

What are the visions guiding some of the world’s most progressive organizations? We can see their aspirations take physical form in the 2013 HOK Design Annual, which illustrates our design processes and products for 42 remarkable clients over 340 pages.

From three flame-shaped towers in Baku to a high-tech lab in DC, a striking new broadcasting house for the BBC in London to a bio-inspired orphanage in Port-au-Prince, the projects in this book offer a glimpse into – and optimism for – our world’s future.

Read the 2013 HOK Design Annual on Issuu or download a PDF (43 MB).

Project Haiti’s Seeds of Hope: HOK Design Team Donates $50,000 to USGBC’s Orphanage Project in Haiti

This post, written by HOK President Bill Hellmuth, originally appeared on the U.S. Green Building Council‘s blog.

What do a 5.5 million-square-foot research university in Saudi Arabia and a 6,000-square-foot orphanage in Haiti have in common? Inspired by sustainable architecture on two vastly different scales, their bond will soon help hundreds of children begin their journeys home.

The HOK team that designed the LEED-NC Platinum King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, earned a $50,000 award. Instead of dividing this money among the team, Science + Technology Director Bill Odell and other project leaders set out to

Terry Mattison Celebrates 50 Years with HOK

Senior specifications writer Terry Mattison is celebrating 50 years at HOK – and counting.

Members of the St. Louis office gathered on August 30 to celebrate with Terry, whose 11-page resume includes a staggering 341 HOK projects. That number likely would double if it included the projects he has unofficially touched by providing advice on building materials. Terry, who still arrives at the office by 3:00 a.m. on most days, joins an elite group. HOK’s other two half-century employees are Co-Founder Gyo Obata and Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine, who retired last spring.

“A lot of things have happened while Terry has been creating great work at HOK,” …

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 …

HOK-Designed JW Marriott Indianapolis is the 2012 Super Bowl Media Headquarters

We’re just over 48 hours from kickoff, and if this picture from the NFL Super Bowl blog is any indication, Indianapolis is ready for Super Bowl XLVI:

As we discussed earlier in the week, the HOK-designed Indianapolis International Airport is getting rave reviews from some of the 40,000+ extra passengers flying through it this week. We’re thrilled to hear about how Indianapolis leaders are using the Super Bowl as an opportunity to transform the city, and we’re especially excited that the HOK-designed JW Marriott Indianapolis is the official media headquarters for Super Bowl XLVI.

Here’s what it looks like in the off-season:

Airport Design Helps Indianapolis Make Strong Super Bowl Impression

Excitement for Super Bowl XLVI is building, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee’s preparations are already paying off. The Authority is prepared to accommodate an additional air-traffic load of 40,000 people at Indianapolis International Airport this week, with 75 additional commercial flights and 60 additional charter flights. Among the visitors are thousands of sports media members who are descending on Indianapolis to cover the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd raved about the airport on his radio show.

“They have a new airport in Indianapolis,” said Cowherd. “If you are …

Licensure Is Not the Root of Our Identity Crisis

Surely many of us this weekend ran across GOOD Magazine’s article, “Why Architecture’s Identity Problem Should Matter to the Rest of Us,” covering an issue that writer John Cary believes is harming the profession of architecture. It’s a well thought out piece and well worth a read. In short, the article argues that the process of becoming a licensed architect takes away from our ability as a profession to contribute in a valuable way to society. Mr. Cary explains that the system requires us to work for years as interns before becoming licensed (which is true), and goes on to suggest that it is this purgatory of sorts that prevents us as professionals from contributing …

The Technology Behind the Glass: Yann Weymouth and the Structural Engineering of the Dalí Museum

“I love to design complex buildings with a public role, and try to make them look simple,” says Yann Weymouth, design director for HOK Florida.

Yann Weymouth (center) touring the Salvador Dalí Museum

Achieving this goal in the St. Petersburg, Fla., Salvador Dalí Museum was no small task. In this truly unique project, Yann and his team created a masterpiece that, while structurally complex, honored the intrigue and elegance of Dalí’s work.

This month, Structural Engineer took an in-depth look at the engineering that makes this structure work. From the iconic glass “Enigma” on the exterior to the 58-foot concrete helix inside to the attention paid to protecting Dalí’s masterworks in a …

Flickr Friday – Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters

Wellmark’s new headquarters in Des Moines is currently the largest LEED-NC Platinum certified building in Iowa and has been recognized by the USGBC as the largest commercial office building in the world to receive LEED-NC Platinum certification. Pretty cool, huh? Check it out here.

Architype. ARTIC. Arnold. Article…

What may sound like a symphony of seals at the aquarium is just coincidental alliteration – but the title above is arccurate, er, accurate. Check out Los Angeles designer Arnold Lee’s thoughts on designing ARTIC, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. This online publication, ArchitypeReview, asks design professionals throughout the community to discuss a certain topic each month. This month’s topic: trains. We’re proud to see Arnold and ARTIC gracing this web page, in the company of some great designers and projects.

What are the most innovative materials you’ve seen?!

i FrammentiNext week is Modern Atlanta‘s ‘Design Week’ here in the ATL and as a part of that I’ve been asked to co-curate the ‘Design is Material’ exhibition on innovative products and materials in our industry. I’ve think I’ve found some amazing things from Plexwood, Promesh, FibreC and 3M to name a few, but I’d like to crowdsource a little bit and see what you think.

What materials have you seen, or which ones would you add? Want to share?! Leave a comment! I’ll make sure to reference your name on the information tag as the submitter!

HOK’s Paul Woolford Presents the San Francisco Mint Project at TEDx-Presidio


On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, Paul Woolford, the design director at HOK San Francisco, presented one of most striking projects of this office – the restoration and greening of the San Francisco Mint, at the TED-x Presidio event. Paul spoke about the need for preserving national historic treasures, and discussed the importance of creating the most environmentally innovative National Historic Landmark in the United States, The Old San Francisco Mint, and the sustainable lessons learned that can be applied to all existing buildings.

Watch Paul’s presentation:

Guest blog post from HOK San Francisco’s Justin Kelly:

Leaders, visionaries, artists, and thinkers gathered on April 2nd at the Palace of Fine Arts …

The Bobblehead Cometh…

London have been the delighted hosts of the much-celebrated Bobblehead Bill (BB) over the past month. BB, as our guest has been affectionately known to us over the past few weeks, has been engaging, witty and full of energy, demanding (in a civilised manner of course…) that his time in our great city should be used wisely and well, so that he gets to see everything it has to offer.

BB particularly bonded with our own sustainability guru Shashi Narayanan, so much so that they did most of their sightseeing together. A selection of his sightseeing tours can be seen in the photographs below.

Women Across HOK | Jennifer Mannier

It’s time for another feature of another one of my favorite people at HOK: Jennifer Mannier.  Jennifer is on my NY-WDC Advance Strategies team, so we get to work together a good bit!  Jennifer is incredibly smart, motivated, and an extremely strategic thinker.  She’s always looking for ways to improve herself, our projects, and our business.  A true inspiration to all of us.  Plus she has a super-cute French accent.

Q:  What is your job and what do you enjoy most about it?

I work with Advance Strategies in New York.  There are two main parts to our practice: the on-site services group and the advisory group. The first group works with clients like …

Architecture is…

Do you remember being asked what “architecture is…” in design school? Do you remember your answer? Has it changed since you’ve entered the professional realm?

I reflected upon this question as I skimmed a book of quotes I often referenced during design school. I started thinking about how my answer has changed during my experience within the profession of architecture.

I remember trying to encompass so much of what I thought architecture could be – saying something like “interactive art that invokes emotions and experiences”, which took a week to think up to share at crit on Friday. Now, my statement is quick to determine and is a bit more pragmatic:

Architecture is teamwork – It is a group of people on a …

Building an 88-Story Tower in 2 Days?!

Watch the HOK Model Shop craftsmen in [time-lapse] action as they create a three-dimensional model of an 88-story tower.  Kim, Victoria, Michael and Vince relocated to their new digs in downtown St. Louis a few months ago.

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The new facility expands the capabilities of HOK to create three-dimensional models for building design, planning and site development, product development, custom crafted interior decorative elements, and full size mock-ups of building details.

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 …

Tinker for Lunch

Last week Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino from Tinker London gave a lunch lecture at HOK London about digital data and the city.

I had met Alexandra at liftconference this spring, where she was giving a short talk on her firm’s work (here a link to her talk). And immediately I thought: that’s a great topic for a lunch talk at HOK.

We provided Alex with a good audience – in spite of the sunny weather outside the boardroom was packed with people.

Tinker London

Alex is the founder of Tinker London, a digital and interactive design firm. She specializes in an area called “the internet of things” – a way of linking objects to the internet and get usable data out of them. …

AIS Goes Major League

As a final hurrah for our Architecture in Schools Students, we took a “green tour” of the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium.  It was a fantastic way to get the kids excited about design, and about green.  The tour focused on the history of “green,” green design of the stadium, green operations at the stadium, and also included a few fun bits for the kids: a visit to the press box, the Nats Clubhouse (aka locker room), and the dugout.  Check out some pix from the event:

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A few notes on the show:

  • Upside down sticker on the dual flush toilet – oops!
  • The final picture in this set shows me (black shirt & jeans) with the girl who

Honoring Mother(s) Earth


It turns out the 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day intersects with the 30th service anniversary of our very own Earth Mother: Mary Ann Lazarus.

We celebrated this sweet synergy with some delicious green and white cupcakes. Sharing guest-of-honor duties was the incomparable Joyce Saunders (MAL’s right-hand gal), who recently marked her own milestone (25-year) HOK anniversary.


This greened-at-the-hip duo has worked together to advance sustainability within HOK – guiding it from an intriguing idea, to a fringe movement, to a specialty group, to an integral part of our entire practice.

During a brief tribute, Vice …

Pixellating New York

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I’ve posted before of my love of all things tetris-y/lego-y/videogame-y.  When talking with fellow designers of about my age, I find that our early exposure to pixels in all sorts of venues is the great equalizer, the one thing we all seem to have in common.

It is with that in mind that I post the following video.  C’mon, we’ve all looked at some buildings and thought “oh, I know exactly what pieces of tetris fun would fill that sucker in…”