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12 June 2012

HOK Chairman and Sustainability Pioneer Bill Valentine Retires after 50 Years

Bill Valentine has retired after half a century with HOK. Valentine joined HOK in 1962, straight from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and, thankfully, never left. In 1970, at the request of HOK Founding Partner Gyo Obata, Valentine headed west from St. Louis to California to open HOK’s San Francisco office. Valentine, who championed the firm’s early adoption of sustainability as a core value in the 1990s, served as president of HOK from 2000­­-2007 and chairman from 2007-2012.

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Here is a video celebrating Valentine’s first 50 years of design at HOK:

You also can watch a collection of YouTube videos featuring Valentine.

Throughout his career, Valentine has been a frequent speaker and author on sustainable design. In 2007, in recognition of his commitment to design excellence and sustainable design leadership, Valentine accepted the “Legend” Award at the Annual Interiors Awards hosted by Contract magazine.

Valentine led the design of HOK projects including the Moscone Center and Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco; King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi, Arabia; Biogen Idec’s R&D Campus in San Diego; Apple’s headquarters campus in Cupertino; Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose; and Microsoft’s Augusta campus in Redmond, Wash. Most recently, he led the design of a new LEED Platinum headquarters for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Bill’s ideas about really helping clients solve their problems instead of designing for our egos have become part of how HOK’s designers approach projects,” said HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy, Valentine’s friend and colleague for the past 45 years. “That design approach is the direct result of fifty years with Bill Valentine.”

Read more about Valentine’s career, projects and “philosophy of less” on his Wikipedia page.

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