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

Houston’s First Light Rail System

Houston Metro Light Rail
Houston, Texas, USA

HOK was the lead architect and urban designer for the Houston METRO’s new light rail system.

The design team planned and delivered Harris County’s first rail transit project on a fast-track schedule and within budget.

HOK designed the 16 stations and provided master planning and urban design for the 7.5-mile transit corridor, including streetscape design for special districts.

Our prototypical station design creates a system-wide image while encouraging site adaptation through colors, platform paving and patterns, column cladding and canopy roof glazing. A canopy with a translucent glass roof covers one-third of the 250-foot-long platforms. Landscaped esplanades link transit platforms while recalling historic promenades from Houston’s past. The neighborhood and streetscape improvements have become development catalysts.

After the opening of the Main Street line, HOK analyzed the next phase of expansion for Houston’s rail and bus transit facilities. These studies analyzed six future transit corridors in the service area, as well as alternative transit modes such as bus-rapid-transit, diesel-powered rail, conventional bus and commuter rail. 


7.5 miles / 12 kilometers


Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Urban Design


AIA Houston – Merit Award for Urban Design