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1 November 2018

HOK Speaking Events: November 2018

HOK’s thought leaders give presentations and participate in panel discussions all over the world.

2 November 2018

Anica Landreneau, director of sustainable design based in HOK’s Washington, D.C., office, will present “The Deep Retrofit of Historic Buildings,” while Kyle Prenzlow, project architect in San Francisco, will present “NOAA’s Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center” at the Climate Adaptive Design Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina.

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5 November 2018

Anica Landreneau, HOK’s director of sustainable design, will speak on the Proposed DC Green Building & Energy Codes Update in Washington, D.C., at 8:30 a.m.

The District of Columbia has issued a draft of the updated Green Building and Energy Codes, which are intended to support its sustainability plans and commitment to carbon neutrality. This presentation will focus on the proposed changes in the new codes and the reason for them.

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6 November 2018

Eric Bogenschutz, design technology manager in HOK’s St. Louis office, will present “Trimble Connect to the Rescue: Automated Collaboration at HOK” at the Trimble Dimensions User Conference in Las Vegas at 2:00 p.m.

Since implementing Trimble Connect on many projects, HOK’s St. Louis office has reduced manual processes that used to consume valuable project time. This presentation will explore how this office is implementing worldwide sharing capabilities on projects with diversified and decentralized teams.

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8 November 2018

Paul Joran, senior design professional in HOK’s Kansas City office, will present on “This Fittest on Turf: Programming, Designing and Maintaining Turf Fitness Areas” with Laurie Braden of LSU at the Athletic Business Show in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m.

As fitness enthusiasts explore more functional, three-dimensional and ground-based forms of fitness, a well-conceived and dedicated indoor synthetic turf space is critical to the modern facility. By thinking critically through the entire design process, a well-planned indoor fitness turf space can be one of the more economical, functional and utilized spaces of a facility.

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8 November 2018

Peter Ruggiero, design principal in HOK’s Chicago office, will present “Civic Lessons III - The American City at Mid-Century: 2050” at The Casino Club of Chicago at 6:00 p.m.

With the continuing growth of the world population and the expectation that 66% of that population will be living in cities by 2050, architects need to play a larger role beyond building by building intervention. In his ongoing lecture series titled “Civic Lessons,” Peter explores the potential role of architects in addressing the challenges and changing definition of the American City in 2050.


11 November 2018

Mara Baum, sustainable design leader in HOK’s San Francisco office, will speak on “Design for Sustainability and Wellness: Navigating Rating Systems and Standards” at the Healthcare Design Conference in Phoenix at 3:00 p.m.

Healthcare institutions are faced with a barrage of sustainability standards and rating systems. So how do organizations and teams make the best, most streamlined decisions on selecting appropriate tools for high-performance design? This discussion will share Indiana University Health’s approach to evaluating and implementing sustainability tools for a new regional academic health center focused on alignment with IU Health’s values, culture, schedule and budget.

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12 November 2018

Julia Monk, director of hospitality design in HOK’s Hong Kong office, will participate on a panel discussion on “Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality” at BDNY (Boutique Design New York) at 9:30 a.m.

This session brings together women leaders in hospitality design, operations, investment and manufacturing for a lively, strategic discussion on the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers will give designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their advantage.

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12 November 2018

Stasia Czech Suleiman, senior project interior designer in HOK’s Chicago office, will participate on the panel discussion “Food for Thought: Connecting the Dots in Experience Design and Community Engagement” for the 2018 IIDA Healthcare Power Lunch in Phoenix at 11:45 a.m.

Design industry leaders will facilitate group discussions to consider how experience design is being implemented in healthcare spaces; examine how community engagement promotes the design of better services, spaces, operations and technologies; and investigate how medical staff relationships influence patient outcomes and staff retention.

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13 November 2018

Cesar Escalante, design technology manager in HOK’s San Francisco office, will participate on a panel discussion on “Form a Superhero Team: How to Connect People and Do Great Things” at Autodesk University in Las Vegas at 2:45 p.m.

This panel discussion will explore techniques and ideas for preparing innovative teams within an established company to champion technology strategy within the firm.

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13 November 2018

Embla Huang, interior design professional, and Rotimi Seriki, visualization specialist, both in HOK’s San Francisco office, will present “How to Empower Design with Immersive Technologies” at Autodesk University in Las Vegas at 2:45 p.m.

This presentation will explore how immersive technologies (XR) can help designers in different phases of the design process and enhance workflows.

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13 November 2018

Todd Buchanan, project manager and practice leader in HOK’s Seattle office, will moderate the panel discussion “How Does Design-Build Lead to Better Design Solutions?” as part of a joint presentation from the AIA Seattle’s Committee on Architecture for Education and the Design-Build Institute of America in Seattle at 5:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will focus on the benefits of design-build to both the architect and the owner; what factors contribute most to success; and the biggest obstacles and challenges for architects.

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13 November 2018

Joyce Chan, sustainable design leader; Trina Marshall, regional leader of consulting; and Blanca Dasi Espuig, sustainable design specialist, will participate on a panel discussion on “Welcome to the Biophilic Concrete Jungle: Exploring the Missing Link in Sustainable Design” at HOK’s London office at 5:30 p.m.

HOK’s planners and designers are using principles of biophilic design to reconnect people with nature at an everyday level. This means bringing daylight, natural materials, vegetation, outside views and other elements of the environment into the spaces and places we create. This panel discussion will investigate the next green paths leading toward health and well-being for all.

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14 November 2018

Bill Hellmuth, chairman and CEO at HOK, will present “Climate Solutions Now: Zero Energy Industry Leadership” at Greenbuild in Chicago at 1:30 p.m.

The Paris Accord signaled a new era of climate leadership and action, but recent events in the United States have altered the landscape and slowed the progress on achieving real climate solutions. However, zero energy leadership–which has been leading efforts  on building design knowledge and capacity, getting compelling examples built, and mainstreaming new technologies–is rapidly growing. This session will cover how the design community can provide assertive climate leadership at this critical time, outlining how zero energy buildings will become the standard rather than exception.

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14 November 2018

Alberto Tono, architectural intern in HOK’s San Francisco office, will present “BIMHOX: The Evolutionary Information Genes” at Autodesk University at in Las Vegas at 1:30 p.m.

This session will explore the DNA of different buildings, how they compare to living organisms and how deep-learning algorithms can be applied to perform predictive analysis based on the “parents” generation.

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14 November 2018

Krystal Grubb, senior design professional in HOK’s San Francisco office, will present “Taming the Technology Beast: From Veracious Chaos to Objective Collaboration” at Autodesk University in Las Vegas at 2:45 p.m.

This presentation will explore how and when to capitalize on technology to engage a range of stakeholders. The focus will be on how social factors impact technology and how they are used to engage stakeholders in major projects such as Salt Lake City International Airport

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14 November 2018

Rotimi Seriki, visualization specialist in HOK’s San Francisco office, will participate on a panel discussion on “Redshift Live: Is Prefabricated Construction the Answer to Increasing Building Demands?” at Autodesk University in Las Vegas at 4:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges of bringing prefabrication to scale when it’s needed most. Could prefab be the antidote to increasing housing demands, skilled-labor shortages and a high-risk/low-margin industry?

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14 November 2018

Amy Beckman, senior project manager in HOK’s New York office, will participate in the CTBUH NY event “New Strategies for Resiliency in Healthcare Design.”

Healthcare projects are responding to the changing climate with innovative new building systems and technologies. Beckman will be presenting the resiliency strategies behind NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center with Syska Hennessy (MEP/FP engineer) and Thornton Tomasetti (structural).

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15 November 2018

Paul Woolford, design principal, and Sean Quinn, sustainable design leader, both in HOK’s San Francisco office, will present “Genius of Biome: Biomimicry Workshop” at Greenbuild in Chicago at 8:00 a.m.

This hands-on “Challenge to Biology” workshop will introduce participants to the biomimicry process that bases design through the imitation of natural services by looking at Chicago region’s temperate biome. Through this experiential process, teams will have the opportunity to create innovative, adaptive and scalable strategies to address key resilience challenges in the built environment, lessons that are translatable to their own context.

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16 November 2018

Mara Baum, sustainable design leader in HOK’s San Francisco office, will present “Reimagining Building Codes: How to Green All Buildings” at Greenbuild in Chicago at 8:00 a.m.

More jurisdictions are placing requirements in building codes that address issues beyond acute life-safety and incorporating strategies that save energy, protect natural resources, provide better indoor air quality and foster greater resilience. Presenters in this session will explore the gaps in current building codes, highlight strategies for spurring more adoptions of green measures and empower participants to impact green codes in their communities.

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21 November 2018

Bill Mitchell, marketing principal, and Paul McKenzie, managing principal, both in HOK’s Ottawa office, will present “Moving Beyond Open Plan” at the Real Property National Workshop in Ottawa at 11 a.m.

The open plan concept, popular more than a decade ago, has since been enhanced with smarter, more advanced planning models. Not only has the nature of work evolved dramatically since the heydays of the open plan in early 2000s, so too has our understanding of how workspaces can foster engagement, satisfaction, and productivity. This presentation will explore how companies determine the right solutions that address the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce; combat the traditional models of space delivery; and create a great experience for teams.

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