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HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. Life at HOK is a group blog authored by the firm’s creative people across the world. Visit hoklife.com.

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Life at HOK
Does the forest hold the answers to sustainable design? HOK partnered with Biomimicry 3.8 to study how lessons from the temperate broadleaf forest biome, which houses many of the world’s largest population centers, can inform the design of the built environment. The result, Genius of Biome, is a...
Posted on January 30, 2014 by Life at HOK
This post originally appeared on the Fast Co.Exist blog.   Is it possible to really emulate nature? That question powers a new era of design in which the built environment mimics biology’s processes. Reverse engineering is one approach that bridges the gap between designers and nature. The...
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Life at HOK
For a while now companies have been advised that flexibility is a key component to a successful workplace strategy, with remote working being a big consideration. But more recently corporate America seems to be on a tipping point, wanting to bring people back to the office. Some argue that we’ve...
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Life at HOK
Our collective desire to live in cities has never been stronger. According to the World Health Organization, 60% of the world’s population will live in a city by 2030. As urban populations swell, what people demand from their cities is evolving. In India and China, developers have embarked on...
Posted on October 14, 2013 by Life at HOK
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...
Posted on July 26, 2013 by Life at HOK
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...
Posted on July 17, 2013 by Life at HOK
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...
Posted on June 20, 2013 by Life at HOK
  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...
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Life at HOK
Way back in 2011, I wrote about a volunteer effort that involved some of us at HOK SF: documenting BART stations around the Bay Area to create “talking” tactile maps for the blind.   Conducted under the guidance of Lighthouse for the Blind, this effort was a great learning experience in terms...
Posted on June 06, 2013 by Life at HOK
“We’re just not using our space effectively” is one way clients typically sum up their pain points when we first sit down to talk with them. “Well, walk us through your typical work day” will often be one of the first follow-up responses a workplace strategist will ask to begin to discover what’s...