Posts Tagged ‘new york’

Street Art to End Hunger: HOK in New York at CANstruction

Thanks to Shayna Cooper in New York for this guest post.


Fifteen volunteers from HOK’s New York office participated in the 22nd annual CANstruction design/build competition. All of the food products used in the competition are donated to City Harvest, which helps feed 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. HOK has participated in the New York CANstruction event for 20 years.

IMG_7078The team’s design was inspired by the street artist, Banksy, whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The New York office team chose to build Banksy’s work in Williamsburg out …

We Care 2014: Helping Make the Holidays Bright

Thank you to Jacquelyn Suozzi in New York for this guest post.


Each holiday season, Herman Miller and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizes We Care, an event that brings the architecture and design profession together to provide holiday cheer to children in the local community.

We Care NY 2014At We Care, children from the boys and girls club have the opportunity to make gifts to give to their family and friends during the holidays, something they may not otherwise be able to afford. Participating architecture and design firms created a holiday craft for kids ages 5-12. Volunteers man the station and help the kids.

Every year, …

HOK Teams Volunteer at Architecture for Humanity New York’s Day of Impact

Thanks to Richard Rivera and Marisa Caban for contributing to this post.

Last Saturday, HOK’s New York office participated in Architecture for Humanity New York’s first annual Day of Impact with two teams of volunteers. The event consisted of one-day service projects in different sites around the city to help support communities in need.

HOK Impact Groups

One HOK crew joined over 250 other participants to help rebuild homes in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy two years ago. HOK’s New York office has a history of volunteering in the Rockaways, so it was disappointing for some participants to see that there are still so many families in need two …

HOK’s NYC Team Competes in J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

HOK TeamLast 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).

HOK run

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.

Q+A with Tom Polucci, Director of Interiors Based in HOK’s New York Office

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Tom Polucci, AIA, IIDA, LEED GA, director of interiors based in New York City, discusses how his colleagues and clients inspire him every day. He also comments on workplace trends and explains how design can support healthier work environments.

As a firm-wide interiors leader, Tom is a member of HOK’s board of directors and marketing board. He has more than 20 years of experience managing the design of projects for organizations worldwide. Educated, trained and licensed as an architect, Tom focuses on creating exceptional environments for clients.

What workplace design trends are you seeing? What do you predict for the future?

TP: Collaboration is still key. Everyone is focused …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

a road trip of a different sort

Joe Nocella’s Inverted Bike Shop

Each day is a balancing act for Joe Nocella, AIA, an architect and BIM manager in HOK’s New York office. In addition to his day job at HOK, he’s raising two kids, coaching lacrosse, teaching at Pratt Institute and, oh yeah, he owns what he calls an “inverted bike shop”  — 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn. Find out what he means by that by watching this video.

“Bikes capture a lot of the things I like about architecture,” says Joe. “You have the design of these beautiful objects and you have the technology…the research.”

Flickr Friday – HOK New York Office

Housed at 1065 Avenue of the Americas in the heart of Manhattan, HOK’s new New York office provides tremendous opportunities for collaboration inside the studio and connects with the city by engaging the iconic Bryant Park. Get a feel for this bright, open space by checking out this Flickr set.

Fordham Village: Home of the Brave

While many of us enjoyed the festivities surrounding the All-American Memorial Day BBQ on Monday, we may or may not have taken time to reflect on the brave men and women who selflessly serve(d) in our Armed Forces.  Among our ranks at HOK New York, there is a small group of designers who have spent the better part of the last three years paying homage to the sacrifices of our veterans by designing supportive housing for over 50 service men and women who will soon be calling Fordham Village their new home. 

Last week, at the Grand Opening of Fordham Village in the Bronx, I was alarmed to learn of the number of veterans who return home to …

Pillow Fight Anyone?

As we’ve heard from me before, I’m a BIG fan of using public spaces in unintended ways – I like random flash mobs, and protests, and quirky “hey, this is a serious statue, and you’re using it for a playground” sorts of things…

Recently, while blog-perusing one of my faves (The Post Family, hollah!) I ran across Newmindspace, a group who organizes fun, free events.  These range from parties on subway cars to public pillow fights, to massive bubble battles, and public art installations.  Currently based in Toronto and New York, these things are HILARIOUS and such a fun and different way to celebrate our …

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 …

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…”

NYC Revit User Group

One of the tenets of life at HOK is to be involved in our local communities to the greatest extent possible. Even in the realm of technology, several of our team members are organizers of regional user groups. For example, David Ivey and Andre Baros run two separate groups in Chicago, David Light has organized the London Revit User Group and I am the president of the New York City Revit User Group.

The NYC Revit User Group meets monthly at Pratt’s Manhattan Center on 14th Street – a short stroll from HOK’s office on 18th Street. If you’re not in the New York metropolitan area, don’t fret! We broadcast our meetings via webcast for free! 

We recently …

Women Across HOK | Marta Willgoose


World, meet Marta.  She’s our Human Resources Manager in New York, by title, but in practice, she is so much more.  As she describes it, her role in a nutshell entails helping make sure we find, hire, support, develop and care for an office of wonderfully talented people.  Emphasize that latter part about the wonderfully talented people, because that’s Marta. Born and raised a New Englander, Marta is a blueberry-pie-making-diva, artist and nature lover with a zest for life.   In her words, everyone should “Make time for what feeds your heart and awakens your sense of wonder.”  Words to live by for sure. Here’s more from her interview. 

Q: What made you

Live Blogging from the AIA Center for Architecture in NYC

“Quieting the Lizard Brain”

I love this video from the 99% Conference put on by Behance back in April. I actually tried to get up to NY for this one, but I couldn’t get away from work, and we know times are tough.

At any rate, the point of the 99% conference is really about Thomas Edison’s old quote “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!” This is really a conference NOT about Ideas, but rather ‘making ideas happen’.

Seth Godin, who’s been on some earlier posts by my favorite blogger here, here, and here, really has some great things to say about the …

Bixi Bixi! A New Way To Traverse NYC?


While having a delightful breakfast with a couple of friends at the City Bakery here in New York City, one of my friends, Karin Giefer (Arup) mentioned that I was an hoklife blogger and the other friend, Ilana Judah (FX Fowle) asked me about the topics of my blog posts.  I began the response by describing one of my personal favorites, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”  The conversation about letting go of my beloved car keys prompted Ilana to excitedly tell us about a really cool concept that has taken off in her home town, Montréal.  It’s called Bixi and it is a bike sharing program that features 271 stations stocked with shared bicycles that are strategically concentrated near Montréal’s activity nodes.  …

Regulation and Spontaneity

Two trains of thought. The city planned by the people, and the city planned for the people.

What do you think? Is one more democratic? Is one more successful and to whom? Is there a difference in the individual good and the collective good and do we view them differently? (think hard about that last one)

Maybe it’s both, I don’t know. But I have my assumptions. Maybe there’s just the ‘public’ and ‘planned’ framework that’s the most important part. Like New York City in the 1811?

One more thought. In the scheme of things, ‘What would nature do?’ Develop a framework or organize a system that builds its own framework? Instead of the ‘overlay’ for the greater good, it could …

Make Me Greener, Please – NYT

Great article on home and lifestyle consulting boom for the Eco-Savvy.

Article Here


Dude, where’s my car?

In honor of Earth Day, I thought that it might be fitting to discuss a topic that many struggle with, including myself, sustainability and sacrifice. Like many New Yorkers, I don’t have a car. Only five months ago, I happily drove a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. What’s with the downgrade to the 1 Train? The short answer: Reality.

Here’s the long answer: As a native of the “Motor City”, I am more than attached to car culture and all of its benefits. Moving to New York (after DC) forced me to grapple with the actual drawbacks of having a car. The truth is, having a car in New York City is often times more of a hassle than its really worth. When …

Bottomless Closets at HOK New York

On Tuesday, dozens of women participating in the Bottomless Closet NYC employment assistance program received a special gift from HOK New York. HOK men and women alike accepted our challenge to donate their gently used clothes, shoes and accessories to women in need of interview and workplace attire. Organized by HOKW, a New York office committee focused on women’s issues, the clothing drive yielded a huge contribution to a great cause. HOKW’s 1st Annual Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive was advertised just one week before the donation deadline. After the seven day clothing drive concluded, HOKW was proud to have collected seven full boxes of donated goods.

Seven Boxes of HOK Donated Clothes

All of the …

5 Questions for Cris Fromboluti

Cris Fromboluti not only has a really fun name, he’s one of the DC office’s premiere project managers and a fun guy to boot. I sat down with Cris for about an hour to run through our five questions. I knew Cris had a lot of great stories, but was not at all prepared for what was in store. You’ll notice there are only four questions, but I think Cris’s story comes through without the fifth.

Cris in India during his world tour.

Q: How did you come to HOK?
A: When I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, I originally went to work for S.O.M. in Chicago. After …

The Next Generation of Architects

HOK New Yorkers are actively engaged in cultivating the next generation of architects. Since last October, several young architects in our New York office have volunteered their time, talent and energy to mentoring local high school students enrolled in the ACE Program. ACE, an acronym for Architecture, Construction and Engineering, was founded in 1994 with the mission of increasing awareness of career opportunities in the construction industries.

Each year, teams are formed with a variety of mentors representing different trades within the building professions and high school students expressing interest in learning about the business of creating buildings. In the beginning of the 8-month program, students are exposed to fundamental concepts inherent to design and construction work.  Each trade usually gives a presentation about …

Google Earth update on NYC 3D buildings

Need to create an introduction animation for one of your Manhattan projects? All you need is 10 minutes now.

A more complete 3D buildings of New York City on Google Earth is now available.

Here is what it looked like when you have the ‘3D building’ layer on:

as of January 2007

as of December 2008

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William H Whyte – Spatial Pioneer

Inspired by John’s mention of Paley Park earlier today, I found myself yearning to watch what could easily be called the “manifesto of the urban landscape architect,” aka – The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H Whyte. A wonderfully scientific view of urban open spaces, this wonderful video should be in every design office’s library – and it IS in our office library here in St Louis (the librarian, Susan Baerwald, could have that to you TOMORROW hok’ers).  We showed this last year for the whole office and it ROCKED some worlds! I have people who still come up to me often and comment about how they see what’s going on in this video in everyday …

‘Muji To Go’!!


It looks like the ultra non-brand retailer, MUJI, will be opening up a ‘To Go’ store in the JFK airport in New York, similar to the one that they opened in Hong Kong.

I hope it does well. It would certianly seem so in New York, but I want one in Atlanta. I might just have to fly to JFK to visity the new MUJI store AND the new renovation to Saarinen’s terminal, which is now inhabited by JetBlue!!

I feel a trip to JFK coming real soon… MUJI TO GO

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