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29 November 2017

HOK’s Meagan Hackney Introduces 11-Year-Old Television Host to Design Profession

Look for HOK’s Toronto studio and designer Meagan Hackney on the small-screen this summer in an episode of “When I Grow Up.”

The show, set to debut this June on the Canadian network TVO Kids, recently filmed an episode in the Toronto office. And while the program is expected to prominently feature both HOK’s Toronto studio and Hackney, there’s no mistaking the true star of the show.

“The host, Mikaela, is a very funny 11-year-old,” said Hackney, who spent a day in late September in front of cameras introducing her protege to interior design. As the show’s title suggests, “When I Grow Up” provides young audiences with a glimpse of various careers.

“It was surprisingly challenging to take what you do on a daily basis and translate that into something that relates to children,” noted Hackney. “It was also a bit intimidating to be the one responsible for showing young viewers why our profession is so great, but I’m thankful to have been a part of it.”

As it turns out, Mikaela wasn’t the only one who came away from the day’s filming with new insight.

“Kids’ imaginations aren’t restrained in the same way as ours,” said Hackney. “They don’t have budgets or logistical concerns in the backs of their minds. As much as this show was about me teaching young viewers about design, it also served as a reminder that if we channel our inner kid more often, we can push ourselves further to be more creative with our design ideas.”