Life at HOK

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How to create an 'emotionally intelligent' workplace

A 2012 study by Ipsos found that while 91% of supervisors agreed that emotional intelligence is important, 75% of them were not strong in any of the four key areas of emotional intelligence. Image courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Life at HOK Sofia Fonseca
Emotional intelligence is the leading predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence.
6 factors steering workplace design at financial services firms

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Architects | February 06, 2015 | Life at HOK
Grossly underutilized space and a lack of a mobility strategy are among the trends identified by HOK based on its research of 11 top-tier financial se...
January 06, 2015 | Life at HOK
Technology is transforming the guest experience and enabling designers to reimagine a new hospitality-oriented destination airport terminal.

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Airports | December 28, 2014 | Life at HOK
Taking a cue from the hospitality industry, airport executives are seeking to make their facilities feel more like destinations, writes HOK's Richard...

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Architects | November 17, 2014 | Life at HOK
During the past five years, the worlds of hospitality and corporate real estate have undergone an incredible transformation. The traditional approach...

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Healing Garden. Rendering: HOK

Architects | October 13, 2014 | Life at HOK
I have spent the last several months writing about healthy workplaces. My research lately has focused on stress—how we get stressed and ways to manage...

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Airports | September 09, 2014 | Life at HOK
As part of our ongoing studies of how building design influences human behavior in today’s social media-driven world, HOK’s workplace strategists had...

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Architects | August 16, 2014 | Life at HOK
New technology and changing pedagogies are influencing how to best teach a generation of learners who have never known a world without smartphones or...

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Architects | August 05, 2014 | Life at HOK
A report from Deloitte highlighted how driverless cars could dramatically alter car ownership in the future, pushing the pendulum from ownership to re...

In a new report, HOK and Biomimicry 3.8 partnered to study how lessons from the temperate broadleaf forest biome, which houses many of the worlds largest population centers, can inform the design of the built environment.

Airports | May 19, 2014 | Life at HOK
In a new report, HOK and Biomimicry 3.8 partnered to study how lessons from the temperate broadleaf forest biome, which houses many of the world’s lar...

The William Jefferson Clinton Childrens Center (WJCCC) in Port-au-Prince is designed to replace an orphanage severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake. HOKs Thomas Knittel took inspiration from the kapok tree, a native Caribbean species that stores water internally and sheds its leaves in times of drought.

Architects | January 30, 2014 | Life at HOK
It’s not enough to copy nature. Today’s designers need a deeper understanding of environmental nuance, from the biome in.

Virtual collaboration tools have come a long way

Building Owner | October 30, 2013 | 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 co...
Architects | October 28, 2013 | 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 i...

Sony Ericsson Office in Atlanta (Design by HOK)

Building Owner | October 14, 2013 | 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,...
Architects | July 26, 2013 | Life at HOK
When the city was founded in the 19th century, the San Francisco Bay’s edge and marshland area were just a few hundred feet from where the historic Ol...
July 17, 2013 | Life at HOK
Hydronic passive cooling and ventilation supported by a seawater well are among the nature-inspired features at the new NOAA regional center.
Architects | June 20, 2013 | 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 pr...
Architects | June 12, 2013 | Life at HOK
Talking pen technology, combined with tactile maps, allows blind people to more easily make their way around BART stations in the Bay Area.
Office Building Design | June 06, 2013 | Life at HOK
As we continue to look for more effective ways to improve the overall workplace experience, one tool we can use is measuring and analyzing space utili...
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