History of HOK and Company Culture
HOK has always been on the cutting edge of technology within the architecture and design profession. For example, since the early 2000s, HOK has been using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to streamline the design and construction process. Another area that HOK has been a leader in since the early 2000s and beyond, is in their dedication to sustainability. For example, architects and designers from HOK authored one of the industry’s most respected resources on the topic, “The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design.”
HOK has also been a presence within the academic space and the media landscape through projects such as HOK Voice, publications, and research & reports that provide the industry and academic alike with real-world analysis to some of the most difficult challenges faced by humanity.
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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.
Claudia is always trying to make the world a better place through architecture and urbanism, trying to find new ways to design and build our cities in order to provide innovative solutions to the challenges of our time. She believe that as architects we have a social responsibility with the future of our planet and thus, Claudia envisions buildings as self-sufficient systems that work in close cycles, helping reduce the energy demand, the C02 emissions and overall, the ecological footprint of our built environment. She has been working on this challenge with HOK and even has her LEED Certification already.
Alexander got the opportunity to work for HOK for over three years, part of that time was split between the New York City and London office. Now he is working in London with Foster+Partners as an Architect and before that some time with Herzog & de Meuron. He has been able to prove his work and his design quality in different countries and in different sized firms, which shows his versatility.
Toby Eccleston, one of our incredible talents in the JOB+J1 Visa Program, has been able to work at HOK as a Designer and now he is working at OBR Architecture in San Diego. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2018, and since then has been able to work abroad for the majority of his career. His passion is to create the kinds of spaces that stick in your mind and provides the community with a safe space for creativity.
LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B symbolizes the top-to-bottom transformation of one of the nation’s highest-profile airports. The transparent, fluid design of the 850,000-sq.-ft. Arrivals and Departures Hall (headhouse) celebrates movement while conveying a strong civic presence in a city known for its remarkable architecture. In the spirit of grand transportation centers like New York’s celebrated Grand Central Terminal, the new Terminal B ushers in an ambitious new era of mobility and travel. Its verticality and scale echo the grandeur of the city itself.
Photos by HOK
The 11-story Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP) breaks down traditional boundaries by combining world-class research, patient care, clinical offices, physician education and training in one building. By uniting researchers and clinicians in the same facility, Cedars-Sinai seeks to bridge the gap between discovery and patient care. With its high-tech sensibility and sleek transparency, the design communicates the synergy of science and healthcare at the heart of this specialized facility.
Photos by HOK
Anaheim wanted a transportation hub that would become an icon for public transit. It needed to encourage Orange County’s three million residents and 50 million annual visitors to think beyond the automobile and toward a future of smart, sustainable travel. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) provides Southern California with a flexible, futuristic terminal for rail, bus and auto passengers in addition to bicyclists and pedestrians. The parabolic design concept of diamond-shaped steel arches infilled with translucent ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) creates a grand, light-filled atrium space reminiscent of the world’s great passenger terminals of the early-20thcentury.
Photos by HOK
Do not forget that we will be posting more work by HOK in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work!! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!