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
Design Leaders

Paul Woolford AIA, IIDA, LEED AP® BD+C

Design Principal
HOK Board + Design Board Member
San Francisco

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Paul Woolford

Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, is the design principal for HOK’s San Francisco practice and a member of the firm’s design board.

What inspires you?

“The work our people have done with Biomimicry 3.8, including creating the Genius of Biome report, deeply inspires me. We are looking at our natural environment and drawing from life’s principles to inform our design work. This is a phenomenal gift for our design studio. We have an opportunity to take this unique language that we share with Biomimicry 3.8 and create beautiful, resilient places.”


Biomimicry Discussion at VERGE 18 | HOK News

NOAA Inouye Case Study | High Performing Buildings

AIA COTE Top Ten Award Winner: NOAA Inouye Center | HOK Thought Leadership

Building a Sustainable Research Future on Hallowed Ground | Laboratory Design

Biomimicry Inspires True Innovation | DesignIntelligence

Biomimicry for an Innovative Built Environment | Wired

Q+A: Paul Woolford | HOK News

High-Performance Office Building Design | YouTube



Cornell University
Bachelor of Architecture