A Conversation With Martin Haskins, HOK’s Technical Principal in Hong Kong
Martin Haskins, LEED GA, is the technical principal for HOK’s Hong Kong office. After more than 25 years working on major projects across Asia, he has extensive experience in technical design, detailing, project coordination and administration.
What led you to a career as a technical principal?
MH: While studying at a polytechnic school at age 18, I entered an apprenticeship with a design and construction company. This is where I learned the trade of detailing and how it can be carried through to construction.
I found that my technical project skills were always in demand. A career in architecture supported my passion for aesthetics and details at a close scale.
Describe a trend you see in the design profession.
Recent trends favor a more free-flowing building form, allowing changing facades to be interactive and responsive. This is reflected in relation to the environment and in the way a building looks and functions.
Describe your work week as a technical principal.
I’m responsible for managing the project delivery process and monitoring technical production and content. Over the years, however, I have been fortunate to be involved in projects that have spanned various disciplines. In a typical week, I may be involved in quality control of a set of deliverables, marketing, project management, staffing and finance.
What type of project do you enjoy the most?
The projects I enjoy and learn the most from are those that are the most difficult, either in terms of new building types, team complexity or overall size. Working on a challenging project pushes me to step back and analyze the best solutions for the project team and client.