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12 September 2018

HOK Participates in Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Events

HOK’s sustainable design leaders are partaking in affiliate events for the Global Climate Action Summit, which takes place Sept. 1214 in San Francisco and brings together leaders from around the world to commit to taking climate action.

HOK kicked off the GCAS festivities with San Francisco office Sustainable Design Leader Sean Quinn speaking on biomomicry and nature by design at the California Academy of Sciences on Aug. 30 to preview the COAL + ICE photo exhibition and festival. Volunteers from HOK’s San Francisco studio also participated in The Ocean Cleanup’s System 001 launch by educating the public about the mile-long system used to clean up 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Find speakers from HOK at upcoming GCAS events:

Cities4Forests: Launch Event

When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: HOK’s office at One Bush Street in San Francisco

Cities4Forests is a new alliance in which leading cities partner with forests to combat climate change, protect watersheds and biodiversity, and improve human well-being. Cities4Forests will celebrate its launch and announce its founding city members at this reception at HOK’s San Francisco studio. Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, design principal, will speak briefly on the significance of Cities4Forests and the need for these creative partnerships to guide sustainable urban design.

Cold Beer for a Warm Planet

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco

This event features 99% Invisible, the Biomimicry Institute, HOK and DJ Spooky, who will share insights and strategies for a cooler world, using nature as a guide. The COAL + ICE photo exhibition and festival, open through Sept. 23, examines the multifaceted effects of climate change caused by global use of fossil fuels.

Sean Quinn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, sustainable design leader for HOK in San Francisco, will share the results of the global architecture and design firm’s decade-long exploration of biomimicry in design to mitigate the impacts of climate change while working toward a regenerative built environment. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, processes and systems to address human problems, biomimicry provides a fresh opportunity to reimagine how to solve complex design challenges.

Los Angeles

Workshop on Genius of Biome: California Coast Biomimicry at the Net Zero Conference

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Net Zero Conference runs Sept. 12-14)

Where: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) & the National Electrical Contractors’ Association (NECA)’s Net Zero Plus Facility, Los Angeles

Biomimicry 3.8 and HOK will facilitate a workshop on regenerative buildings and how nature can help achieve net zero energy. Beth Grote, LEED AP, project engineer at HOK, will speak about research on biomimicry that illustrates how species have adapted to systemic regional challenges and describe how the firm is using this insight to drive resilient, innovative design.

Be sure to follow the Instagram account of HOK’s San Francisco studio at @hok_sf and the #GCAS2018 hashtag for more updates on the Global Climate Action Summit!