HMC Architects has enjoyed seven decades of success in education and healthcare projects in Southern California. Now, the employee-owned firm is branching out, to Northern California and beyond, in search of new opportunities.
Managing for tomorrow
To more effectively manage its ambitious strategy, in July HMC created a dual-leadership structure, elevating Brian Staton, Assoc. AIA, a 20-year veteran of the firm and Regional Manager of HMC’s SoCal offices, to CEO, with Peterson retaining the presidency. He will focus on overall strategic direction and lead design and business development, while Staton will be responsible for day-to-day operations and project execution.
Today, HMC Architects is the third-largest architecture firm in California (after AECOM and Gensler), the number two healthcare design firm in the state (after SmithGroupJJR), and the overall leader in education in California. It is the eighth-largest U.S. architecture firm (2011 revenues: $87.97 million), according to BD+C’s Giants 300 rankings.
But that’s not enough for Peterson. “We want to grow, both within our markets and within the profession,” he says. “We want to be a better design partner for our clients, and be recognized nationally as a leader in our markets and in our industry.”
A commitment to its staff and to the communities and markets it serves, and a passion for design—these are among the qualities that make HMC Architects one of Building Design+Construction’s “Best AEC Firms to Work For.”