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11 September 2018

HOK’s Veronica Yambrovich Gives Back as Member of U.S. Army Reserve

The interior designer and Army lieutenant devotes one weekend a month and a few weeks a year to military training activities. 

When interior designer Veronica Yambrovich is not meeting with clients or hashing out color and material choices with her teammates in HOK’s Tampa office, she serves as a lieutenant and active member of the U.S. Army Reserve. 

Yambrovich completed her formal design education at Cornell University, earning a Bachelors in Design and Environmental Analysis. While at Cornell she joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and became an Army Reserve Officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

“My biggest surprise after joining the Army was realizing how people- and relationship-focused it is,” says Yambrovich. “Designers are exceptionally skilled at listening. We are all in the profession because we care about people. The Army and HOK both have cultures with high standards for work and employees. They share the motto, ‘mission first, people always.’”

Lieutenant Veronica Yambrovich (bottom left) during officer basic course training.  

As a reservist, Yambrovich typically devotes one weekend a month to drilling. She spends another 2-3 consecutive weeks during the year on extended combat-training activities.

“Both jobs are highly collaborative and need great communication to guarantee success,” says Yambrovich. “I’ve found that my skills in creating presentations and working with programs like Illustrator or Photoshop come in handy when I have to develop a complex plan, show overlays on maps or be clear on the specifics of a plan with my soldiers. I can thank my design background for my spatial abilities!”

Two leaders in our Tampa office recently accepted a Patriot Award for their support of Yambrovich’s reserve duties. 

From left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Roger Trout (USAR-Ret), Jonathan Rae, Lieutenant Veronica Yambrovich and Adriana Rojas.

“HOK has been very supportive in ensuring that my daily tasks and benefits are covered in periods I am away,” says Veronica. “They allow me to have autonomy and flexibility over my schedule and deadlines in order to meet both my Army and interior design obligations.” 

Lieutenant Colonel Roger Trout (USAR-Ret) presented the Patriot Award to Adriana Rojas, director of interiors, and Jonathan Rae, senior practice leader, in HOK’s Tampa office. Lieutenant Trout was acting on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program. 

“It is a pleasure to work with Veronica,” says Rojas. “She is very meticulous in organizing her tasks and commits hard work to see a plan through. We feel very proud of Veronica, and appreciate all she does for our country.”