Carl Galioto

Alumni Profile: Carl Galioto, FAIA, B. Arch. ’76

Alumnus Carl Galioto, FAIA, B. Arch. ’76, has come a long way from his childhood days playing in his grandparents’ back yard by folding and stacking yard furniture to create a variety of forms and spaces. He recently joined HOK as senior principal of the global architectural design and services firm, with 23 regional offices on four continents. Previously a partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Galioto has worked in myriad sectors including aviation, transportation, health care, commercial high-rise, and mixed-use housing for more than three decades. He grew up near Flushing Meadows Park during the construction of the 1964 World’s Fair Center and recalls being thrilled by the sound of the pile-drivers and fascinated by the fanciful forms of the pavilions, a feeling that has never left him.

Today a leading expert on building information modeling, Galioto was instrumental in the design of One World Trade Center (initially referred to as the Freedom Tower), which pioneered the use of 3-D Revit software on large-scale projects. He describes progress as “slow and difficult” though it builds on safety innovations he introduced on Seven WTC, especially the concept of an Emergency Access Core at the center of the building with a fire service elevator.

“Seriously study the core competencies and use them as your foundation for creativity.”

“The real key to success,” Galioto explains, “lies with personal interaction supported by professional excellence. Another key is to always strive for continuous improvement as well as maintaining a spirit of invention and a sense of joy. What we do is serious but it is also a great deal of fun, and enthusiasm and energy are infectious.”

Galioto fondly recalls the Pratt faculty for their “patience, caring, dedication, and willingness to engage students in one-on-one dialogue,” which are sentiments shared by his daughter, Louise Galioto, M.S. Art Education ’03, a second-generation Pratt graduate. His advice to young architects: “Seriously study the core competencies and use them as your foundation for creativity.”

Carl Galioto Joins HOK

9.22.09 | New York, NY | HOK, a global architectural design and services firm, has appointed Carl Galioto, FAIA, as Senior Principal and member of the HOK New York Management Committee. Galioto also will be leading the firm’s globalbuildingSMART initiative and Project Delivery Board.

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Galioto has more than 30 years of experience in the conceptualization and implementation of large complex projects in New York City and throughout the world. He joins HOK from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he served as the Partner responsible for SOM’s Technical Group in New York and Washington D.C. and led the development and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Quality Assurance, material research and the establishment of best technical practices.

As Senior Principal of HOK New York, Galioto joins an experienced Management Committee that includesKenneth Drucker, FAIA, Senior Principal and Director of Design; Juliette Lam, IIDA, Senior Principal and Director of Interiors; Jim Berge, Principal and Director of Science + Technology;Chris Korsh, Principal and Regional Director of Healthcare; and Christopher Laul, Principal and Director of Marketing.

His new role also includes serving as firmwide leader of HOK’s buildingSMART initiative. Adopted as a goal by HOK in 2005, buildingSMART integrates Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and new design tools (problem-solving and form-seeking) to improve the way projects are delivered to clients. In addition, Galioto will chair the firm’s Project Delivery Board.

Galioto’s diverse projects encompass the aviation, transportation, healthcare, commercial high-rise and mixed-use sectors. Some of his recent showcase projects include One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), 7 World Trade Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, Moynihan Station Redevelopment 2007 Design, Lotte Super Tower in Seoul, South Korea, and terminal projects at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Galioto also has been actively engaged in exploring new ways to design high-rise buildings and to the implementation of security and special life safety designs for complex buildings. He advised the New York City Buildings Commissioner on the viability of a new building code for New York City and served on the Managing Committee that developed and implemented the code as well as serving on a panel advising the New York City Fire Department on a new Fire Prevention Code. He also is a member of a special task force convened by the National Institute of Building Sciences to draft recommendations for high-rise codes of the future, a subject he has written and lectured about frequently.

“Carl is an exceptionally talented architect, leader and visionary,” says HOK CEOPatrick MacLeamy, FAIA. “HOK will greatly benefit from his leadership in leveraging technology and innovation to design better buildings that are responsive to the environment and that serve the needs of our clients.”

Galioto earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, his professional affiliations include the Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress and AIA New York, as well as memberships in the New York Department of Buildings Model Code Program Managing Committee, New York City Fire Department Fire Code Revision Program Advisory Committee, Construction Specifications Institute, NYC Partnership Bioscience Task Force and New York Building Congress, Architect’s Leadership Council.


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