HOK has designs on your project -- but in this case, that's a good thing. The global architectural company provides planning, design, and delivery services for a wide variety of sectors including aviation, entertainment/media, health care, retail, and government. HOK tackles all phases of a project's life cycle, from pre-planning and engineering to landscape architecture and facilities management. Notable projects include the Priory Chapel in St. Louis; the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. The firm has 25 offices around the world. St. Louis architects George Hellmuth, Gyo Obata, and George Kassabum founded HOK Group in 1955.
The company has maintained a strong presence in St. Louis, where its landmark projects have included the Eagleton Federal Courthouse, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Galleria, and the Science Center Planetarium. HOK also designed One Metropolitan Square, the St. Louis skyscraper where it is headquartered. Diversity has helped HOK through the recession. The firm reaches a variety of clients around the world. Recently awarded projects include the new US headquarters for Porsche.
The company partners with other architectural firms to provide services in Europe. HOK's European Architects Network includes Altiplan, Arte Charpentier, Estudio Lamela, Progetto, and nps tchoban voss.
HOK also has pioneered the development of sustainable building standards. Its representatives have authored guidebooks for green design and helped create Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems for buildings. HOK then designed the first LEED certified airport terminal at Boston Logan International Airport. – less