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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

Nate Appleman AIA, LEED AP®

Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment
HOK Board + Marketing Board Member

+1 816 472 3360


Nate Appleman

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

Nate specializes in the design of stadiums, arenas, training facilities and athletics master plans for collegiate clients. His projects include more than $530 million of built work across nearly every National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I conference. 

Throughout his career, Nate has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to his clients, immersing himself in the culture of each university. His efficient designs enable clients to better promote their athletic programs’ performance, recruiting and identity. Nate brings an extensive understanding of the evolving needs of coaches, administrators and student athletes. He offers special expertise in the programming and design of athletic training centers. 

Sports Business Journal honored Nate with a Forty Under 40 Award, which recognizes the best and brightest in the sports business under the age of 40. The journal also named him to its 2016 list of “power players” in sports facility design and development.


Sports Venues Reach Outside Their Walls | Building Design + Construction

The Future of Campus Facilities Includes Marrying Academics, Athletics and Student Life | College Planning & Management

Designing Training Spaces to Maximize Limited Practice Time | Athletic Business

Architect Q&A: Mastering the Master Plan | School Construction News

The Sport Facility of the Future | Sport Techie

An Honest Self-Assessment | IAVM Facility Manager

Forty Under 40: Nate Appleman | Sports Business Daily

How Small College Stadiums Can Use Size as an Advantage | Athletic Business

Stadium Spotlight: Notre Dame Stadium Returns to Its History | Sports Illustrated


Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Architecture