Thirty-four-year architectural veteran Russ Drinker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joined the leadership team in HOK’s San Francisco office on Sept 4. as a new senior vice president and management principal.
As a pre-teen growing up in a 150-year-old Victorian farmhouse surrounded by an apple orchard in Saratoga, California, Russ built tree houses and forts. By the time he began studying architecture at the University of California in Berkeley in 1976, he had graduated to designing and constructing 2,000-square-foot solar homes.
“I had no business doing this, but I designed and built a custom house while an undergraduate at Berkeley,” said Russ. “It taught me about designing buildings from the inside-out and about sustainability. And I …
Nasreen Jahangeer in HOK’s Singapore office passes along this report:
Instead of exchanging gifts within the office, each year HOK Singapore adopts a charity organization to donate presents to bring cheer to the less fortunate during the festive season of Christmas. We collect gifts while promoting the spirit of caring and sharing among each HOK employee.
This year we chose to buy presents for the Tai Pei Old People’s Home. Their wishes included simple necessities such as essence of chicken, milk, shampoo, body foam, a desk fan and a radio. We are proud to report that not one wish was left unfulfilled.
We also participated in the Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box. The …
Mara Baum, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, came to HOK’s St. Louis office in 1999 as a young college graduate wary about joining a large architectural firm. After three years working on lab projects as an original member of HOK’s Science + Technology group and contributing to the first edition of The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, her perception changed.
“I learned that you can’t put labels on an organization as large and diverse as HOK,” she says. “When you are working on projects, you are working with individuals and small teams. It wasn’t the ‘studio-industrial complex’ I had imagined. The resources and opportunities here are phenomenal.”
“My contribution to HOK has been to use my skills as a designer and entrepreneur to transform parts of our business,” says Riccardo. “I see my job as designing HOK for the next 25 years and there is no place more influential for that project than Asia.”
The story begins with an overview of HOK and its major clients in Asia, who according to Riccardo include “China Construction Bank, Banglalore …
Accenture’s new Innovation Center in Singapore embodies high design and sustainability while reflecting the company’s mission to achieve cutting-edge solutions. The focal point of the design is the color-changing “cocoon”, which divides the space into two rooms used for different presentation applications, simulation modeling and brainstorming. Check out more here…
HOK’s Asia Pacific studio celebrated this hot season with parties and fun in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore! We had plenty of fun!
HOK Hong Kong’s beach party venue was located on one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches, Pui O Beach for the Beach Olympics, Raft Building and a delicious BBQ dinner.
Our fellow AP colleagues in Shanghai went to Go-Karting and had a nice Japanese dinner.
Colleagues in Beijing went to Shangzhuang Reservoir, which is known as the paradise for wild fishing in Beijing near downtown. The Rice-fragrant Lake is connected to the venue and they also enjoyed the delicious BBQ Dinner under a shelter.
Our energetic colleagues in Singapore had an exciting contest in Mount Faber Super Bowl, followed by a …
Welcome to GREEN TEAM Asia Pacific! We are a small but diverse group hailing from Spain, the United States, and Singapore! Paula, Jennifer, Larissa, and Joyce comprise our dedicated team working to educate, encourage, and implement sustainable practices throughout HOK. We’re participating in the firm-wide sustainable road map by incorporating “green” into our daily routines.
We have recently commenced weekly LEED study sessions to help our colleagues prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam. We’ve equipped our office with all of the proper resources including LEED reference guides and practice exams to maximize our learning potential!
We’ve also made an effort to stock our kitchen with recycled paper and corn products as well as eliminating all …
Life at HOK’s own Valerie Greer just returned to St. Louis after spending six months working in the Singapore office, which she calls a “dynamic studio environment.” In this clip she talks about what she learned. “The more we are collaborating and working across continents,” says Valerie, “the more richness we bring to the solutions and the design work we do for our clients.”
You can learn more about Valerie’s career as an architect — and what’s on her iPod — here:
Thanks to Valerie for playing along. I’m pretty sure that if the job of “HOK Spokesperson” existed, she would be uncontested in her appointment. Of course we’d miss her too much in the design studio to ever let …
A shout out to the group in the Singapore office, as we enjoyed working with you and appreciate your hospitality-la! Sights like this motor bike casually parked on the street were some of the best parts about daily life in Southeast Asia. Mike’s photo made me think of this one.
Coming back to St Louis, I notice an increase in the number of locally grown or produced foods for sale. Cheeses, jams, veggies…maybe it is coming from Singapore, where almost everything has to be imported, but this seems like it has changed to me in the past six months around town. It is good to see and something I intend to support, …
To me it’s a wonderful thing that in a time of economic insecurity, we’re still able to invest heavily in our employees. This week an employee from our office will be taking off for a good, hearty challenge - and boy is she up for it!
HanHsiHo, an associate-level urban designer in the HOK Planning Group’s St Louis location, will be taking off for a week in Taipei to visit her family and work out some visas and then she’ll be taking off to the Hong Kong office for about three months!
While she’s there she’ll be working with the Planning Group in the …
Early on in high school. It seemed like everyone I knew was studying to become a doctor or an engineer and I wanted to do something different. Cities always excited me, so there was a link there.
How did you jump from designing buildings to designing cities?
In India, at the time I went to college, they had just begun to offer planning as a degree course. There was tight competition process and planning was mostly a second choice for students. This has all changed and developed since then but I was admitted to study architecture and after two years of working, I realized I really wanted to …
this one, more like posting something for you to see and enjoy, is a request for all of you, as designers, architects and corporate office people to give ideas about the new office space!!! Singapore Office wants to create a different concept of lobby, more interactive, colourful, enjoyable!!!
The word would be a POSITIVE ENERGY WORKING ENVIROMENT!
I heard the Toronto Office Lobby is very nice… also Chicago is brand new right? Anything worth sharing? BRAINSTORMING please!!!
thanks so much
Landscapes are one part about living in Asia that continues to amaze us. I recently learned, for instance, that about 75% of Hong Kong is green space. And that Bukit Timah, a patch of urban rainforest just fifteen minutes from our office here in Singapore by cab, has more species of vegetation than all of North America.
Taking a simple, one mile hike this weekend, I began shooting photos of just the ground as it changed so dramatically from one stretch of path to the next. Check it out here.
To my North American eyes, accustom to taking five-mile hikes and not seeing as much, this was a remarkable diversity of terrain packed into one short mile. …
Nicola Greenaway, a director in HOK’s LEED-certified Singapore office, grew up in New Zealand and also has worked in the London and Hong Kong studios. She better not move again soon — her mother finally knows exactly what she does!
In some ways our weekends here in Singapore are much like our weekends in the States–catching up with family and friends, news, groceries, laundry, emails and even a bit of rest. As we explored around Mt. Faber Park this weekend, though, it underscored our amazement at how green this little island is on one hand and how dense with construction, industry and people it is on the other. Here are a few photos, most of which were taken from the park with connecting trails and vistas.
Hello! I’m very happy!! This is my first post on the HOK LIFE BLOG and I want to say hi to all of you from the Singapore HOK Office!!!
In my first post I want to share a classic video with all of you! It is from the Eames office, done some decades ago, for sure a lot of you know it already… but still,whenever I watch it feel amazed by the power of those CEROS one after the other.
From the universe to the electron… does it matter really? What role do we play in this world? What are we doing here? And again… Does it really matter???
I think the power of this video is that it shows you how to relativize everything… cause …
This Monday was Deepavali, the Celebration of Lights, and with a three-day weekend we went to KL to catch the lights of the Petronas Towers. During the day it is hard to believe they stand taller than the Sears Tower, as they are surrounded by mostly mid-rises and so the sense of scale is totally different than in Chicago. At night, though, they are completely transformed by the lighting…and there is some kind of microclimate thing happening at the top that creates a standing cinematic mist/haze. How to figure that one out…
Getting settled into the HOK Singapore office after being in the St Louis office for the past five years. Our first time to this part of Asia, we arrived with the F1 and made a race track circuit of our own in search of housing. At first blush we have found the city much easier to navigate than say Hong Kong or Shanghai. For being such a small island it is amazingly diverse–only a short cab ride from the city center to a hike through the rainforest, free range silver monkeys included.