Based in Hong Kong, Rofkind replaces retiring industry pioneer Julia Monk.
HOK’s Asia Pacific practice announced leadership changes to its Hong Kong-based Hospitality group. J Lee Rofkind, AIA, LEED AP, has joined as the new regional leader of Hospitality. She succeeds Julia Monk, FAIA, FIIDA, who retired at the end of 2019.
Rofkind brings 30 years of experience to HOK, with a global portfolio that includes work with leading hospitality brands including Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt International. She was a founding member and past president of the Hong Kong Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
“HOK has long been a leader in the design of resorts, urban hotels and other hospitality projects across the region,” said Paul Collins, RIBA, HKIA, managing director of HOK’s Asia Pacific practice. “We are thrilled to welcome J Lee to HOK. She will be an exceptional partner for our team and hospitality clients across the region.”
As an architect and interior designer, Monk worked with more than 40 hotel brands, designing a wealth of memorable guest experiences over a four-decade career. She was inducted into the College of Fellows of both the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association in 2019. She also is a member of Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Hall of Fame.
“Julia was a visionary leader for our profession and integral to the success of many of our clients’ design projects,” said Collins. “We deeply appreciate the countless contributions she made to both HOK and the global practice of hospitality design.”
Along with Rofkind, HOK’s Hospitality leadership team includes Louis Hedgecock, Dina Lamanna and Catherine Yatrakis in New York City, Laura Jones and Ian Rolston in Toronto, Tracey Stearns in Kansas City and Jackie Wang in Hong Kong.