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Celebrating Sandy Reyna’s 35 Years of Service to HOK

Thanks to Leslie Johns for this guest post.

Sandy Reyna

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.

HOK Dazzles at Dining by Design 2014

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.

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A wall of roses provides a dramatic back drop for the dining vignette. Using Knoll Textiles, the …

Close-Up on ARTIC: Documentary Film Crew Shoots HOK Team in Los Angeles

ARTIC model

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.

Ernest Cirangle


HOK’s Julia Monk on the Future of Sustainable Hotel Design

This interview by Rahim Kanani originally appeared on

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.

Julia Monk Headshot

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 …

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, …

HOK’s Paul Woolford Explores Biomimicry for Wired’s Innovation Insights

The Mint Canopy

(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 …

Taking Charge of Your Career

Jan De Weer advises to not be afraid to self promote. Jan De Weer advises the group to not be afraid to self promote.

Stacy Krell talks to the office about career advancement.

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 …

Q+A: Patrick MacLeamy, HOK’s Chairman and CEO

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.

Patrick MacLeamy

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 …

HOK Team Wins Special Mention in Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition


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 …

Your Next Lamp Purchase: Tread Cautiously

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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 …

How Reverse Engineering Nature Can Spur Design Innovation

(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 in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. HOK’s Thomas Knittel took inspiration from the kapok tree, a native Caribbean species that stores water internally and sheds its leaves in times of drought. The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center (WJCCC) in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake.

HOK 2013: Year in Review

Thanks to our amazing clients, 2013 was a busy and exhilarating year for HOK’s people around the world. Our top blog posts and news stories from the past year celebrate many of these exciting collaborations and the resulting projects:

Porsche’s North American HQ and Customer Experience Center in Atlanta Porsche’s North American HQ and Customer Experience Center in Atlanta

Top 2013 Posts

1. Q+A: HOK President Bill Hellmuth Though Bill leads the design of projects around the world, he is especially proud of the local architectural contributions made by HOK’s DC practice.

2. Paul Woolford: How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of NOAA’s New Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in

Filling Santa’s Sleigh: HOK’s St. Louis Office Collects Toys for Tots

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

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

Larry Malcic

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 …

HOK in Toronto: Designing Astana 2017


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 …

HOK Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Metropolitan Square in St. Louis


PlaqueEarlier 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 …

HOK’s Chris Brown Scopes Out an Island Paradise in the Seychelles

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.

1_ChrisBrownThe 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 …

Celebrating James Klaiber’s 40 Years of Service to HOK


This month the Houston office honored James Klaiber for his great accomplishment of 40 years with HOK, YES ANOTHER engineer to join “40 year club!”

James practices electrical engineering and has good company in the MEP department… many of which are here for the long haul, like 20 and 30 years, plus!

Congratulations James and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.

HOK’s Dave Ivey and Colin Rohlfing Speak at BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland

HOK Chicago’s Dave Ivey and Colin Rohlfing recently spoke at the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo & Conference in Chicago. Their panel “Integrating Environmental Analysis Into BIM Workflow: Utilizing the HOK Design Analysis Methodology” focused on HOK’s Design Analysis Methodology that builds environmental analysis, including climate analysis and energy and carbon modeling, into all stages of project design. The panel also included Boyd Black, Assistant Vice President for Capital Project Delivery at the University of Chicago, and Moderator Peter Marchese, Senior Consultant at Microdesk.

Dave discussed the BIM process and how to streamline delivery in order to minimize energy demand, with Colin focusing on how energy analysis improves design and delivers exceptional energy performance …

Toronto Team Designs Best Seats in the House

A group of designers in HOK’s Toronto office won the Global Group’s “Best Seat in the House” chair design competition with their “Kill Bill” entry.

To coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival, designers from more than 50 Toronto firms were asked to decorate entries in a cinematic theme to portray a favorite movie, screenplay, actor or actress.

In addition to the first-place, Quentin Tarantino-inspired ”Kill Bill” chair, the Toronto team submitted “The Fly” chair, an homage to the 1986 David Cronenberg flick about a giant man/fly hybrid played by Jeff Goldblum.

Q+A: Betsy Nurse, Director of Interior Design in HOK’s Atlanta Office

Betsy Nurse, Assoc. IIDA, is HOK’s director of interior design in Atlanta and an experienced project manager. Her other focus is business development, a role she has honed by cultivating relationships across the real estate community for the past 17 years. She is the face of HOK in Atlanta corporate real estate.

What do you love about design?

BN: It a wonderful thing to be able to learn about all kinds of new businesses as a design consultant. Discovering our clients’ business strategies and organizational goals is one of my favorite parts of the job, but there is nothing like being part of a team that delivers …

Leverage Your Workplace to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Just about every conversation I have related to employee attraction and retention tends to turn into an HR sounding discussion about office protocols, incentives, and perks. And there are many great articles on this topic. This recent article by Josh Bersin is a great example of some economic factors and organizational approaches to retaining the best people. But as a workplace strategist, I need to help my clients make more tangible links between their physical workplace and how it can be leveraged to attract and retain top talent. Below I offer up a few thoughts. 
First Impressions

Most people would guess that …

How Buildings That Imitate Earth’s Creatures Could Save Us From Ourselves

(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.)

Sustainable design needs a gut check. When it comes to designing for efficiency, balance, and resiliency, nothing beats emulating Earth’s creatures.

The frenetic consumption that has defined American culture over the past hundred years transcends food, fuel, and “stuff.” We’ve also gobbled up building materials.

From 1900 to 1995, America experienced a five-fold spike in per capita consumption of non-food and non-fuel resources. Of the durable goods we amassed, construction materials for buildings far exceeded any others. In 1900, renewable …

HOK’s Femi Oresanya joins London mayor in opening new facilities at Streatham-Croydon Rugby Football Club

On September 5,  Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, opened the new facility at Streatham-Croydon Rugby Footall Club (SCRFC). The event was marked by a special rugby training session with the children.  Click here for the local news coverage.

HOK in London’s very own Femi Oresanya, rugby coach for the Juniors, led the mayor in a ‘training’ session!

Femi got involved in this campaign as a father (his two youngest sons train here), a passionate rugby player, (he is an ex rugby player for the Harlequins in the pre-professional days) a school governor and a general sports enthusiast. He is part of the SCRFC committee involved in campaigning for this …

Q+A: William Paluch, Design Director for HOK in China

After practicing for 20 years as an architect in California and Hawaii, William Paluch, AIA, was ready for a fresh challenge. Based in HOK’s Shanghai office, Bill now faces several new challenges each day as design director for HOK in China.

What is your vision for HOK in China?

WP: My vision is to deliver extraordinary work to our clients and communities. This may seem like a general approach but we focus on the long-term contributions our work can bring to the built environment. We want to understand the needs of clients as well as of the communities in which our projects are being built.

Designing projects in China …

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 …

The Kiosk Museum Opens in Downtown San Francisco

The Kiosk Museum celebrated its grand opening in downtown San Francisco on July 24. A puppeteer kicked off the celebration, and individuals from Community Arts International kicked off spoke about how the project came to be and thanked everyone involved.

Partners on the project included JCDecaux, HOK and the Union Square Business Improvement District. Individuals representing each of these organizations also had a chance to say a few words, including Justin Kelly, who was the project leader from HOK. The kiosk was then unveiled in a Ribbon Ceremony.

The HOK team designed the case and led the installation of the street museum as well as provided graphics support. The project has been …