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26 September 2017

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders.

McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.

In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.

“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with HOK!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Eli Hoisington, AIA, design principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners, and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”

McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis®, and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.