SBID Interviews Tom Marquardt, Director of Interiors in HOK’s Chicago Office
Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, director of interiors for HOK’s Chicago office, chatted with the Society of British and International Design about the importance of interdisciplinary design.
SBID: You’ve been at HOK for over three months now. Are you enjoying your new role?
Tom Marquardt: It’s going great. I’m astounded at how effectively and simply people at HOK collaborate—it’s part of the amazing culture here. Though each office can be very entrepreneurial, we also have common standards and share ideas across the firm. I value our individual approach to each project. All of HOK’s designs are client-driven and think that’s an incredible strength.
SBID: You’ve had a strong thread of interdisciplinary design running through your career. Is this something you believe is important for the industry?
TM: When people talk about branded environments, there’s still a myth that this means slapping graphics and identity standards on a wall within a finished interior. In reality, everything from the carpet selection to the details of the interior architecture contributes to manifesting a brand into the built environment.