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As it is well-known, HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and urban planning firm. As of 2015, HOK is the largest U.S.-based architecture-engineering firm and the second-largest interior design firm. The firm maintains more than 1,800 professional staff across a global network of 25 offices and is active in all major architectural specialties. Its senior leaders are located in several different locations across the world.
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Established in 1955, the firm’s name is derived from the surnames of its three founding partners:George Hellmuth, Gyo Obata and George Kassabaum, all graduates of the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. The design firm started with 26 employees and its three founders.
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HOK is a leader in sustainable design. Professionals in the firm authored one of the industry’s most respected resources on the topic, “The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design,” originally published in 2000 by John Wiley & Sons.
A second edition of the book was published in 2005. In September 2008, to better integrate nature’s innovations into the design of buildings, communities and cities worldwide, HOK announced an alliance with the Biomimicry Group, co-founded by Janine Benyus. In 2010, HOK and energy and daylighting consultant The Weidt Group completed design of Net Zero Court, a 170,735-square-foot, market-rate, zero-emissions class A commercial office building in St. Louis.
To conclude, this firm gas a big potential for success and development! What do you think about this? Do you happen to know any other companies of such a high level?