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
Design Leaders

Paul Woolford AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

Design Principal
HOK Board + Design Board Member
San Francisco

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Paul Woolford

Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, is the design principal for HOK’s San Francisco practice and a member of the firm’s design board.

Paul joined HOK in San Francisco in 1997. He spent two years mentoring under then HOK president Bill Valentine before moving east to direct design in the firm’s new Atlanta office. In 2006, he returned to the West Coast to lead the San Francisco studio.

What inspires you?

“The work our people have done with Biomimicry 3.8, including creating the Genius of Biome report, deeply inspires me. We are looking at our natural environment and drawing from life’s principles to inform our design work. This is a phenomenal gift for our design studio. We have an opportunity to take this unique language that we share with Biomimicry 3.8 and create beautiful, resilient places.”


Building a Sustainable Research Future on Hallowed Ground | Laboratory Design

Biomimicry Inspires True Innovation | DesignIntelligence

2014 Design Firm of the Year | ENR California

Biomimicry for an Innovative Built Environment | Wired

Q+A: Paul Woolford | HOK News

High-Performance Office Building Design | You Tube



Cornell University
Bachelor of Architecture