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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.

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We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

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Kay Sargent

Kay Sargent, ASID, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, MCR.w, WELL AP, is a senior principal and director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice. Based in Washington, D.C., she leads diverse project teams that solve clients’ business and organizational challenges related to real estate business process, strategic planning, workplace strategy and change management.

With more than 30 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments.

In 2017, CoreNet Global named Kay to serve a three-year term on its board of directors.

Kay is on the board of trustees for the ASID Foundation, on the leadership team of IFMA’s WE Workplace Evolutionaries, and on the advisory boards of Work Design Magazine, PaletteApp and Virginia Tech. She has served on the international boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP, IFI and NCIDQ, and is an active member of ASID, IIDA, CoreNet Global and IFMA. Kay has authored numerous articles and white papers, and has spoken about workplace design at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events. CoreNet has honored her with the Luminary Award two times for being a top-rated speaker, and she was the top-rated presenter at Tradeline, Inc.’s Space Strategies 2015 conference.


10 Space Fusion Trends Influencing HOK’s Workplace Designers | HOK News

The New Insurance Workplace | HOK Thought Leadership

Where Is the Workplace Headed? | Work Design

Commercial Real Estate Developers Build for Gen Z |BisNow

HOK Forward: 2018 Workplace Research and Trends | HOK Thought Leadership

Going Beyond the Open Plan Office | All Work

Designing for the Multigenerational Workplace | Interiors & Sources

Why You Need to Rethink Your Office Space | Forbes

Why the Financial Workplace Is Different | Interiors & Sources

The New Financial Workplace | HOK Thought Leadership

Building a High-Performance Defense Workplace | HOK Thought Leadership

Video: The Big Shift | FM Innovator

Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces | Work Design

Design Tricks That Help and Harm Creativity | BBC

London Office Hosts WELL Event | YouTube

Power of Place Podcast | FM Innovator

Coworking: What You Need to Know | The Leader Magazine

Workplaces That Enhance Performance and the Human Experience | SHRM

Growing Coworking Industry | Curbed

Coworking: A CRE Perspective | HOK Thought Leadership

HOK Partners With Delos | HOK News

Q+A: The Future of Workplace Design | OfficeSpace Software

The Impact of Design on Workplace Attitudes | Work Design

Office Design Trends Combine Experiences With Tech | GlobeSt.com

Global CRE Challenges and Opportunities | Work Design 


Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design 

Parsons School of Design in New York
Environmental Design studies