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

James Braam AIA, LEED AP®

Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment

+1 816 472 3360


James Braam

James Braam, AIA, LEED AP, is a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and is based in Kansas City.

As a national leader in the design of recreation and wellness facilities, James brings a passion for fitness that is integral to his understanding of the design challenges and opportunities that exist in this unique market.

With more than 20 years of distinctive architectural accomplishments, James’ design approach balances thoughtfulness, personal experience and precision. A true believer in establishing collaborative partnerships, he consistently shows a spirit of teamwork with clients and colleagues. His portfolio includes award-winning projects that emphasize vision, creativity, context and sustainability.


Combining Research, Medicine and Athletics to Create New Translational Models | Tradeline

A Look Inside the Most Insane College Gyms | Fast Company

Making a Splash on Campus | The New York Times

Making Tracks a Focal Point of Recreation Center Design | Athletic Business

Welcome to the Neighborhood | Recreation Managment


Harvard Graduate School of Design
Master of Architecture

University of Southern California
Bachelor of Architecture