1,600 people in 24 cities living 4 values for 1 goal:
To use design to help our clients succeed.

We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

We connect people and place with ideas that come from many minds and imaginations.

We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

We are a global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm.

60+ Years of Design + Innovation

Bill Odell FAIA, LEED AP® BD+C

Director of Science + Technology
Design Board + Marketing Board Member

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Bill Odell

Bill Odell, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect who thinks like a scientist. He has designed a wide range of award-winning projects across the world – with a focus on innovative research facilities. 

With every new project, Bill strives to develop smarter, faster, better ways to design and deliver buildings that emulate and enhance the essence of an organization’s unique mission. He translates sophisticated research models into innovative planning and design strategies to create comfortable, collaborative environments for multigenerational building populations.

In addition to his role as director of the Science + Technology group, Bill has been a leader of HOK’s industry-leading sustainable design initiatives and is a frequent speaker on architecture, environmental issues and professional ethics. His many publications include coauthoring The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, which quickly became a reference guide on sustainable, high-performance design.

What is the best type of scientific workplace?

“The ideal scientific workplace allows scientists to spend every waking minute thinking about the research. It’s a nice, pleasant environment where scientists want to be. If the workplace gets in the way of research, then somehow we have failed. This means the laboratories need to be as flexible as typical offices, where everything can be easily reconfigured.

“Many great advances in science occur through casual encounters between researchers in different disciplines. We want our buildings to bring these people together and trigger those conversations.”