HOK 12 months in Evaluation: The Individuals, Initiatives and Milestones of 2022

January 2, 2023 by No Comments

We celebrated challenge milestones and completions. We welcomed new leaders and promoted from inside. We expanded with new studio openings. We strengthened our dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion, in addition to sustainability. We even received awards alongside the way in which.

As these highlights show, 2022 was one other memorable yr at HOK.

Gyo Obata

Honoring Gyo Obata

In early 2022, Gyo Obata, world-renowned architect and HOK’s cofounder, handed away at 99. He was celebrated throughout the architectural occupation by these touched by his work, character and fervour for design. Gyo’s distinguished profession included the design of dozens of iconic, award-winning tasks together with the Priory Chapel at Saint Louis Abbey in Creve Coeur, Missouri; The Galleria in Houston; Dallas/Fort Price Worldwide Airport; and the Nationwide Air and Area Museum in Washington, D.C. Watch the celebration of his life.


We welcomed new leaders and promoted many from inside HOK. Luke Bridle joined us as firmwide director of transportation. David Oh got here on board as a regional chief of Science + Expertise primarily based in Los Angeles, bringing greater than 30 years of expertise planning and designing labs. Additionally in Los Angeles, Mike Goetz was promoted to director of design, interiors following a profitable tenure in our Chicago studio and Meng Gong joined us as a regional chief of sustainability. In Washington, D.C., Sabret Flocos was introduced on board because the director of interiors and Joshua Stephens was named regional chief of Aviation + Transportation for HOK’s D.C. and Southeastern places of work. Throughout the pond, Michelle Ludik joined the London studio as regional chief of conservation and James Leathem was promoted to technical principal. Invoice Johnson began a brand new function as design principal for our rising Denver studio and the worldwide Sports activities + Recreation + Leisure follow. In New York, Dina Lamanna was promoted to director of Hospitality inside design and Tara Roscoe joined the agency as director of design, interiors. Sherri King Parente was elevated to director of interiors in Philadelphia and Kristina Kamenar was promoted to the identical function in Toronto.

Roger Schwabacher turned design principal of our Washington D.C. studio, taking up for Invoice Hellmuth, HOK’s chairman and CEO, who introduced plans to retire in April 2023. Over Invoice’s distinguished 32-year profession at HOK, he has championed design excellence, sustainability and variety, positioning the agency for long-term success.

In Kansas Metropolis, Sarah Godfrey was named the brand new director of interiors, Steven Roark was promoted to regional chief of WorkPlace and Peter Sloan moved into a brand new function as senior principal, design. We welcomed Peter Broeder again to HOK because the design principal for our Kansas Metropolis studio. Emily Payne, additionally primarily based in Kansas Metropolis, was promoted to director of expertise design, and Stephen Williams was promoted to director of operations for the group.

San Francisco’s Sean Quinn was appointed to director of regenerative design, tasked with main a brand new regenerative design studio that may use design to revive and renew the pure world. Peter Choi joined the San Francisco crew as principal-design, whereas Levi Rippy was promoted to technical principal for HOK’s San Francisco and Seattle studios.

Kimberly Dowdell HOK

Kimberly Dowdell

Our folks have been acknowledged for taking over industry-wide management roles. Kimberly Dowdell, advertising and marketing principal in Chicago, was elected the AIA’s 2024 president, making historical past as the primary Black lady and first Millennial president within the group’s 100-year historical past. Karen Freeman, a follow chief in our Atlanta studio, was elected president of Ladies in Healthcare. J Lee Rofkind and David Frey have been elevated to the AIA’s Faculty of Fellows for his or her contributions to the occupation and society. Emily McGee received the coveted AIA Associates Award and was named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow. The ASID acknowledged three HOK designers – Kristina Kamenar, Jessica Collins and Erika Reuter – as rising leaders in inside design. In San Francisco, Donald Cremers obtained the IIDA Northern California Management Award for his influence on the inside design occupation. And L.A. Design Principal Adaeze Cadet was named to Constructing Design + Development’s 40 beneath 40 class.


We opened three new studios throughout the USA, strategically increasing our attain to serve purchasers higher and appeal to and hold one of the best folks. In February, HOK introduced the opening of our Denver studio within the LoDo District. Led by Invoice Johnson and Candace Todd, the workplace helps HOK’s numerous markets. Steven Burgos, an esteemed office designer, was introduced on board to help with the August opening of HOK’s new studio in Miami. In November, HOK introduced the addition of a brand new studio in Austin to help present purchasers, together with the Texas Amenities Fee’s new Capitol Advanced Section II challenge. Led by long-time Austinites Vanessa Rabe and George Blume, the brand new Austin studio elevated HOK’s workplace depend to 26.



HOK tasks throughout the globe made an enduring influence on folks, communities and cities.

We commemorated challenge openings, together with the completion of the a lot anticipated second skybridge at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. In St. Louis, MLS crew St. Louis CITY SC hosted its inaugural match at CITYPARK to rave opinions. The Translational Analysis Hub at Cardiff College and Superior Analysis Centre on the College of Glasgow additionally opened. In Florida, we celebrated the opening of the AdventHealth Coaching Heart, house of the Orlando Magic and a linked group clinic. Each the College of Florida and College of Georgia unveiled new follow services and the College of Wisconsin debuted a significant transformation at Camp Randall. BBC Studios opened its new HOK-designed office in Bristol, England, and Boston Consulting Group welcomed workers to its new Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

Zurich Airport Dock A Conceptual Design

In June, we introduced our collaboration with a crew together with BIG and 10:8 architects to design the brand new predominantly timber Dock A at Zurich Airport. Our Science + Expertise follow received a $750 million New York Public Well being Lab challenge in Albany, a Life Sciences Analysis Hub for Sanofi in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the brand new Rhode Island Public Well being Laboratory in Windfall. We introduced important challenge wins for our Sports activities follow, together with Marquette College’s Wellness + Recreation Facility, large-scale renovations of Avicii Enviornment and Desert Diamond Enviornment, and the renovation and enlargement of the Garry Weber Coaching Advanced at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Our London studio received planning work for Northolt Grange, an reasonably priced neighborhood in West London. New tasks for our Healthcare group included the brand new Peel Memorial Hospital in suburban Toronto and the UCLA Well being Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles.

Initiatives that broke floor included the College of Miami Complete Most cancers Heart, Longfellow’s Bioterra Campus, the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse challenge and Cedar Hill Regional Medical Heart, GW Well being at St. Elizabeths East Campus. Development continued on the brand new Miami-Dade County Civil Courthouse, whereas two area tasks in Gateshead and Cardiff obtained planning approval.

LaGuardia Airport Terminal B

Milestones + Awards

In 2022, HOK tasks, folks and concepts have been honored in our {industry} and past. Primarily based on our management within the design of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, we have been named considered one of TIME Journal’s Most Influential Firms and made Quick Firm’s Most Revolutionary Firms record.

HOK’s dedication to modern analysis additionally drew consideration. NYC2100, a analysis challenge exploring design options to fight sea degree rise in New York Metropolis, was a finalist in Quick Firm’s World Altering Concepts competitors.

HOK received dozens of design awards for tasks spanning a wide range of markets and areas. LaGuardia Airport Terminal B earned glowing opinions from New York Journal, Curbed, The Washington Submit and The New York Occasions. The challenge’s quite a few awards included the UNESCO 2021 Prix Versailles Award, a nationwide DBIA award and honors from the New York chapters of AIA, ASLA and ULI.

Our tasks and concepts appeared in Inside Design, Wallpaper and Quick Firm, to call only a few publications. We contributed to vital {industry} conversations on matters like behavioral well being disaster items and neurodiversity within the office.

We additionally shared concepts and contributions of our leaders serving to form the way forward for our cities, campuses and communities. HOK’s publications featured insights on the way forward for courthouse design, the rise of hybrid sports activities drugs and efficiency facilities, rethinking public areas to carry new life to cities, attaining justice and dignity by design, designing impactful faculty soccer coaching services, designing for fairness in transit tasks, resilient design methods for coastal cities and the way architects and designers will help outline the metaverse.  We used LinkedIn Stay to guide conversations with friends and collaborators on matters together with how the Inflation Discount Act will influence the constructing sector, methods for minority-owned companies to develop, designing behavioral well being areas to enhance affected person outcomes and designing with and for nature.

Members of our San Francisco studio volunteer on the Bayview District, a pro-bono design challenge in one of many metropolis’s most underserved neighborhoods.

DEI + Sustainability

Our dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion has by no means been stronger. Our Variety x Design scholarship program grew in its second yr. In 2022, we awarded a mixed $90,000 in scholarships to 9 college students from HBCUs and establishments with a historical past of training BIPOC college students. We introduced a brand new partnership with Indspire to help Indigenous Canadian youth by way of a collection of bursaries and grants. We additionally launched an inner Designing for Fairness platform to present our design groups the framework and sources they should create equitable options. By means of its Rise Initiative, Bisnow acknowledged HOK for championing DEI within the industrial actual property sector.

HOK continued to blaze new trails in sustainable and regenerative design. Along with launching our regenerative design studio, we signed the MEP 2040 Problem and dedicated to lifecycle decarbonization throughout constructing methods. Our leaders additionally expanded our definition of sustainability to include well being, well-being and fairness, and our 2022 difficulty of HOK Ahead centered on sustainable interiors.

We’re grateful for our purchasers, colleagues, {industry} companions and the communities wherein we work. And we’re trying ahead to a good higher yr collectively in 2023!

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