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 met with …
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 …
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 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Most people would guess that …
(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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
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.
This month we honored Ed Abboud with a lunch event to show our support of his great accomplishment of 40 years with HOK, YES 40! Along with his HOK family, Ed’s wife, children and grandchildren were able to join the celebration and coincidently it was also 40 years ago that day his daughter was born! He shared stories about his journey through which he has observed the advances of technology and the sustainability of construction with the less experienced staff, which includes all but a handful of us!
Congratulations Ed, and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.
In his own words, he express his thanks below.
“Your thoughts, e-mails, words, cards, hugs and gifts have truly touched me …
HOK San Francisco’s Zorana Bosnic recently spoke at the Summer 2013 RegenForum in San Francisco. Her talk, entitled “The Future of High-Performance Buildings at a Global Scale”, began with the audience offering ideas on what global issues in the coming decade will shape the future of high performance buildings. The responses were then tied into the presentation topics:
- Furthering focus on building performance in design and operations
- Making high performance buildings a norm for the future of all buildings
- Prioritizing human health and happiness
- Creating a connection to nature and biomimicry
- Expanding advances in the use of healthy building materials
Points discussed in the presentation included:
- Are we meeting the challenge: The 2012
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 …
Every day, our communications team writes about HOK projects around the globe. Although we’re very familiar with many of these designs, we know we’ll only be able to see a fraction of them in person.
HOK was founded in St. Louis, though, so I’ve seen a number of projects in the area. Gyo Obata designed the campus for my undergrad university in HOK’s early years. The firm designed my favorite museum, too. In St. Louis itself, I’m fortunate enough to see HOK-designed buildings – including the one I work in – nearly every day.
One of the projects on my “bucket list” of projects I’d like to see in person …
It has been nearly three years since the HOK re:NEWS project was first conceptualized, and this simple but powerful idea still lives on! July 24 will mark the rejuvenation of two new kiosks next to San Francisco’s Union Square. While previous reuse ideas have included a bike repair kiosk and printmaking, this one will be a pop-up museum of sorts, housing a collection of puppets from around the world. This project is a partnership effort with Community Arts International, the Union Square Business Improvement District, HOK and JCDecaux. HOK’s role was to reengineer the kiosks by creating and installing a display case inside the …
Thanks to Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, design director in HOK’s San Francisco office, for this post describing the design of the new National Oceanic at Atmospheric Administration Pacific Regional Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Scheduled to open in December, this will be one of the country’s most environmentally innovative national historic landmarks. Paul and WSP engineer Todd See will speak on, “NOAA Pacific: Preserving the Past, Sustaining the Future” on Tuesday, July 23 from noon–1:00 pm PT, as part of the AIA’s DESIGN[realized] series.
Our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Regional Center project is in Honolulu on Oahu’s Ford Island, where the Pearl Harbor attacks occurred.
When it opens later …
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 …
Thanks to HOK Calgary Consultant Sarah Bramley for contributing this guest post!
Over the past two weeks, Calgary has been recovering from severe flooding throughout the city that has damaged thousands of homes and businesses and crippled critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges. You can Google “Alberta Flood 2013” or check out #yycflood on Twitter to see what I mean; the extent of the damage is truly astonishing, even if you’ve never been to Calgary.
I was born and raised here, but I know many of you reading this have not yet had the privilege of visiting us and your knowledge of the city may be understandably limited. Most people have heard of the Calgary Stampede, the …
The HOK team, including Jeff Goodale, Lynn Filar 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 community.
HOK in San Francisco’s Donald Cremers recently traveled to New York to accept Hospitality Design magazine’s Senior Living / Healthcare award for Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital located in Singapore. The event, held on June 5, took place at the Grand Hyatt New York and honored hospitality projects across the globe in 18 different categories. More than 265 designers, architects, manufacturers, and other industry professionals gathered to celebrate the winners.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s premier medical hub, this state-of-the-art private hospital delivers world-class care in a hospitality-rich environment. As the flagship hospital of Parkway Pantai Limited, one of Asia’s largest private …
HOK San Francisco’s Sustainable Design Director Zorana Bosnic recently presented at the USGBC Northern California’s Greenerbuilder conference. The session, entitled “Performance Contracting – Paradigm Shift in How We Design, Build and Operate”, covered:
Traditional design-build-operate delivery models provide no guarantee that operating performance will match design expectations. Operational energy use often doesn’t match the design energy goals. Recent focus on building performance disclosure has exposed the gap between design expectations and actual performance. With the growing necessity for evidence based design, a holistic design process that incorporates environmental analysis and allows for integration and collaboration is paramount. This shift will require an innovative approach in risk allocation.
Additional presenters …
Catherine Heath’s interior design team in HOK’s Washington, DC, office has nearly doubled in size since she joined the firm in 2008, the year the Great Recession began.
“I arrived a few weeks before the stock market crashed,” she says.
In addition to leading the DC interiors group, Heath heads HOK’s law office design specialists firm-wide. She has worked with more than 20 law firms during her career and is currently involved in more than 10 different law office projects across the US and internationally.
How did the DC interiors practice manage to grow during a down economy?
CH: When I started, most of our interior design work was supporting the …
On May 10, HOK’s Ottawa office hosted a lunch fundraiser in support of Project Haiti. Lynn Ferron, Ottawa’s Sustainable Leader, organized this event, setting the stage for a lovely afternoon. Lynn was inspired by the creation of Project Haiti, its development, and all those dedicated to its realization, many of whom are passionate volunteers who have devoted much of their personal time to the redesign of the Orphanage and Community Center in Port-au-Prince.
In the same spirit, the Ottawa office worked together in support of the fundraising effort, approaching grocery stores for gift card donations, and ingredients for a pot-luck at the office. Several HOK foodies cooked up …
I recently presented at and co-hosted a BIMForum event in Miami. The BIMForum is an interest group of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America with which the AIA also collaborates. Twice a year, the BIMForum conducts events that are based on a specific theme. The Spring 2013 theme was “The Human Side of BIM” in which all presentations focused on topics such as training, change management, and firm culture.
An interesting aspect of this conference was that ALL presentations were delivered in pecha kucha (or 20×20) style! This means that we had to share our content with 20 slides, 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Sounds crazy, right? The …
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 …