Thanks to Gordon Wright, director of HOK’s global Consulting practice, for this guest post.
As I paced back and forth in the San Francisco airport waiting for my Friday afternoon flight, which had been delayed by four hours, I decided to do something productive with my extra time and record a few thoughts from the one-day WORKTECH 14 West Coast conference I had just participated in.
With themes ranging from the blurring of physical and virtual space to the city as the ultimate platform of innovation, the conference revolved around the future of space in the workplace. This is not necessarily a new topic, but certainly on the …
Kevin Chen, ARBV, Ph.D. in Urban Design, is director of planning in HOK’s Shanghai office. Dr. Chen has more than 20 years of international planning and architectural design experience.
What’s unique about urban design in China?
KC: China’s urban designers must deal with unprecedented urbanization, as immigrants coming into our cities have tripled the urban population over the last 30 years. How to better accommodate these 100 million migrant workers and other permanent residents with city hukou (household registration) becomes a significant challenge. Ongoing models of community development must shift from gated residential quarters to open and resource-sharing neighborhoods. Laying out public amenities throughout communities can alleviate social issues triggered by the wealth gap. And …
HOK volunteers in front of the new ChiArts recycling center.
Our HOK Chicago team recently participated in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). Green Apple Day of Service gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.
Focusing on key sustainable initiatives, our volunteers worked with W.E. O’Neil and DIRTT Environmental Solutions to plant and garden the ChiArts outdoor spaces, install a recycling center and install a DIRTT Breathe Wall inside of the school.
Installing the DIRTT Breathe Wall!
Exterior signage and lighting concepts.
Summer is winding down, and so is another HOK intern season. HOK’s St. Louis office welcomed five interns this summer in landscape architecture, interior design, general architecture, lighting design and healthcare. Their wide-ranging skill sets created a great team for HOK’s annual intern project – a pro bono project they work on together as a team throughout the summer.
This summer’s client was the Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), the only school in the United States overseen by a court system …
Based 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 …
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 …
Last 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).
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.
Designers from HOK’s Chicago office recently won the 2014 School Annex Design Competition created by the Living Building Challenge Collaborative Chicago (LBCCC). The LBCCC hopes this competition will encourage the development and construction of a fully certified Living Building in Chicago.
Project Location: Eli Whitney Elementary School
HOK team members:Lindy McAra, Justin Warner, Meredith McBride, Olia Miho, and Farid Pour were tasked with designing the ultimate, sustainable classroom building to annex the overcrowded Eli Whitney Elementary School on Chicago’s southwest side.
From Left: Lindy McAra, Justin Warner, …
HOK’s St. Louis office capped off Earth Week with a volunteer effort at St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park.
The festival is the second-largest celebration in the country, with crowds of 30,000-40,000 people each year - many of which bike to the park. The volunteers managed the bike valet for the festival. They logged the names of people who biked in and kept their bikes safe until they were ready to leave.
Thanks to our volunteers and to the entire St. Louis office for a great Earth Week!
HOK volunteers Mackenzie McCulloch, Reagan Branham, Mike Chung, Brad Liebman, Tim Slazinik, Lauren Field and Alyse Garbisch.
Mackenzie McCulloch shows …
HOK’s St. Louis office celebrated Earth Day all week with a series of office-wide events including a staff-wide Pecha Kucha luncheon. About a dozen professionals around the office each presented five slides in 20 seconds apiece on a wide range of topics centering on Earth Day.
Sustainable Design Leader Tim Gaidis talks about the 2014 AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 award winners.
Lighting Designer Kathleen Hamilton challenges the staff to leave the lights off and enjoy natural daylighting.
Project Manager Maren Engelmohr shares her story of creating a LEED Platinum home for her …
Marklin at the finish line.
HOK interior designer Kirsten Marklin learned first hand what the phrase “Boston Strong” means.
She recently ran in the Boston Marathon after qualifying last year in the her first ever marathon - the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon in Napa Valley, California. She needed to finish in 3:35 to qualify, and achieved that easily with a time of 3:23.
For most, running 26.2 miles doesn’t sound like fun. But Marklin said the atmosphere in Boston was electric and she felt fortunate to be a part of such an important event.
“You couldn’t walk one block in that entire city without seeing the words ‘Boston Strong’ somewhere. It was a big year for Boston, …
Thanks to Leslie Johns for this guest post.
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.
Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot and Bob Elliot in our New York office for contributing to this post.
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) recently staged its annual Dining by Design fundraiser in New York City. The event featured nearly 40 inventive tabletop installations throughout the exhibition at Pier 94. While our participation in DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2014 was a first for HOK’s New York office, partnering with Knoll made it an extremely gratifying experience. Together, we created a visual collaboration between the brands that illustrates an organic transformation of the senses.
Photo courtesy Timothy Bell
A wall of roses provides a dramatic back drop for the dining vignette. Using Knoll Textiles, the …
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.
This interview by Rahim Kanani originally appeared on Forbes.com.
In an interview with Julia Monk, Senior Vice President and Director of Hospitality Interiors at HOK—a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm—we discussed the concept of sustainable design, the kinds of lessons she’s learned over the years as it relates to design that incorporates environmental and social dimensions, where the sector is heading over the coming years, and much more.
Rahim Kanani: What inspired you to enter the world of hospitality, architecture and design?
Julia Monk: I had two heroes when I was growing up: my dad and my aunt. My dad was an architectural and civil engineer who encouraged …
Thanks to Gigi Jiang in HOK’s Beijing office for this guest post.
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 …
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 …
Thanks to Kelly Morrison in HOK’s Los Angeles office for contributing this guest post.
Ernest 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, …
(This post on biomimicry by Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, director of design in HOK’s San Francisco office, first appeared in Wired’s Innovation Insights community site.)
All around us, entrepreneurial organizations focused on everything from information technology to scientific research are continuously reinventing the nature of what they do. Yet design and construction firms — those of us charged with imagining and building the environments that help the creative people in these organizations remake the world — are largely designing and building the way we have for centuries.
One could argue that the last fundamental innovation in the built environment was the mid-20th century …
Jan De Weer advises the group to not be afraid to self promote.
In the first of a year-long Careers by Design series, Senior Human Resources Manager Stacy Krell talked to the St. Louis office about “Taking Charge of Your Career!”
The session is part of an office initiative for 2014 in which professionals from around the office discuss topics ranging from general industry trends, looking in depth at ongoing and completed projects and career development.
Stacy’s overarching message to the staff was the need to take …
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.
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 …
Anita Hsieh, Interior Designer, Jose Paix, Design Professional, Olivier Santoni-Costantini, Project Architect, and Nicholas Murao, Design Professional, from HOK’s San Francisco office won a “Triumph Special Mention” for their design of a showcase pavilion as part of the Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition. The international competition will showcase the winning design in the Museum Gardens during the summer of 2014. The competition theme was “dream” with guidelines to “design a temporary, freestanding, transportable and contemporary showcase pavilion to be installed in the Museum Gardens. Ecological and sustainable design principles [were] encouraged.” The team’s design, called the “Dream Box” is a pavilion emulating the experience of a dream, where visitors will enter …
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Happy New Year. Welcome to 2014. As of January 1st, Edison’s incandescent A-lamp (40w & 60w) is now considered “illegal,” while recreational marijuana use in Colorado is not. We have officially entered the new age.
You’ve probably been hearing about the incandescent light bulb ban for a while. 75w (and above) lamps have been gone for some time, but these lower wattage lamp bans are hitting home in a much more personal way. As part of this global sustainable firm, I am excited about the energy savings that will occur as people purchase new lamp alternatives. But as a person who enjoys (and …
(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 (WJCCC) in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. …
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Thanks to Dianne Brown of our St. Louis-based firm-wide legal team for passing along this message. Well done, team!
Charlie, Dianne, Sarah and Kevin display a few of the gifts donated by our St. Louis colleagues.
HOK’s St. Louis office recently participated in The “Toys For Tots” Drive in cooperation with the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation and the Metropolitan Square building.
The goal of Toys for Tots is to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas through the collection and distribution of toys.
Thanks to the generosity of the St. Louis office, a child’s holiday will be extra special because of your donation.
Special thanks to HOK volunteers: Sarah Dirsa, Dianne Brown, Charlie …
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.
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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 …
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 …
In the early summer of 2013, HOK was invited to participate in a design competition for the 2017 Expo Design in Astana – the rapidly developing capital of Kazakhstan. The theme for the expo; “Future Energy”, challenged entrants to demonstrate the use of innovative technologies capable of affecting people’s perception of energy and green development.
In order to submit the most stunning and creatively adroit entry possible, a multidisciplinary team from the HOK Toronto office made up of Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Architects, and experts in Sustainable Design, worked closely with equivalently talented engineering teams from ARUP and RWDL.
Inspired by the traditional assemblies of Kazakh tribes, the core concept of the design …
Earlier this week, our St. Louis team participated in the Metropolitan Square building’s 25th anniversary celebration. Met Square is not only the tallest building in St. Louis; it’s also an HOK design from the 1980s and the home of our St. Louis office today.
The first building on this site was the Berthold mansion, built in 1829 when the site at 5th (now Broadway) and Pine was out in the country. Certainly, times have changed. The Berthold Mansion became the Democratic Party headquarters in 1859 and was the site of demonstrations during the Civil War. As the years passed and the city expanded …
Thanks to Chris Brown, RIBA, LEED AP, architecture practice leader in our Dubai office, for this guest post.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit a unique site belonging to our client in the Seychelles, a 115-island country scattered across the Indian Ocean. We were there to consider development on an island owned by our client.
The Seychelles is a large archipelago of granite and coral islands about 2,000 miles south of Dubai and 1,000 miles east of mainland Africa. The economy is largely dependent on tourism and relies on the beauty and protection of its natural environment.
Our destination was …