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July 3, 2011

Peter Ruggiero formerly Design Partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago joins HOK as Design Principal

Peter Ruggiero, AIA, joins HOK as Design Principal

HOK has just announced Peter Ruggiero, AIA as its new design principal. Recognised for meticulous design simplicity, sustainable logic, and highest-quality, efficient solutions, Peter’s work spans the globe – Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Europe and North America. Ruggiero’s design experience is all-encompassing ― commercial, corporate, education, transportation, municipal design and recently, large scale mixed-use programs, residential developments, and university research facilities. As Design Principal, Ruggiero will personally direct design teams for all Gulf Coast Region projects.

His notable projects include 7 World Trade Center, the first new building in lower Manhattan post 9/11 and catalyst for critical urban design plan decision that informed the WTC master plan; NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 to accommodate a significant portion of Delta Air Lines’ operations at JFK, as well as growth in the operations of other IAT carriers and Dulles International Airport main terminal expansion that has the potential to increase the annual passenger handling capacity up to 50 million passengers per year.

With 28 years of architectural design experience on marquee projects, Peter is recognised for his design simplicity, efficiency, and logic. His work is influenced by the simplicity of nature and the logic of industrial objects. Ruggiero, formerly Design Partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, studied at New York Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Design and was adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, GSAPP from 1999-2003. He is a member of the Chicago Architectural Club, the American Institute of Architects, Architectural League of New York, The Municipal Society of New York, Urban Land Institute, Midwest High-Speed Rail Association and the Rice Design Alliance.

March 7, 2011

A question and answer session with HOK New York Managing Principal President Mr. Carl Galioto

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Mr. Galioto, 57, is the managing principal of the New York office ofHOK, one of the world’s largest architecture firms. HOK New York’s current projects include LG Electronic’s headquarters in Englewood, N.J., and Harlem Hospital.

Mr. Galioto joined HOK in 2009, after 30 years with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he helped design One and Seven World Trade Center.

Q Why did you leave S.O.M.?

A My focus at S.O.M. was on the technical elements of architecture and project delivery. I was interested in having a broader role in the management of an office and of a firm. I also wanted to work on building information modeling on a firmwide basis. So this is Chapter 2.

Q What are your duties at HOK?

A I have three principal jobs, and I like to joke that each takes up 30 hours a week.

One is being responsible for the financial management of the New York office and business development.

The other is to be the chair of our Project Delivery Board, which focuses on the documentation and management of projects firmwide. The third part is being a director of our Building Smart program, a platform for building information modeling.

Q What exactly is building information modeling?

A Essentially creating buildings in a virtual environment. We use a variety of applications to design buildings and to simulate the activities and operations.

Q Are you working on many projects?

A We have 25 to 30 projects in this office, which is up from last year.

Health care is the strongest of our components. We’re designing a number of hospitals, including the University Medical Center at Princeton, and Harlem Hospital.

One of the more interesting projects is the North American headquarters for LG Electronics. We also designed the Canon U.S.A. headquarters on Long Island and theBMW North America headquarters in New Jersey.

Q Was it your idea to move HOK’s New York headquarters to Midtown?

A One of my efforts has been to raise the visibility of HOK through the relocation to Bryant Park — really at the center of New York. Interestingly, our predecessor firm, Kahn & Jacobs, designed this building, so we were meant to be here.

We’re in a 12-year lease and made a very nice agreement with our landlord, Blackstone. We fit the space from a sustainable standpoint.

Q How so?

A We are tracking to be a LEED-platinum interior space, and one of the ways is through low-energy consumption.

We’ve reduced the energy consumption, attributable to lighting, by about 40 percent. Because of the daylight we could work with very low light levels here — most of the light in architects’ offices now is coming off computer screens. We have motorized shades with daylight sensors throughout the office.

We have low water consumption in the toilets, and each enclosed space has its own air control, so we don’t have to overcool or overheat the air. And, of course, all of the materials here have been carefully selected.

Q Are most of the projects you design sustainable?

A We go for silver, gold and platinum levels on projects we design, and we’re looking to exceed that. We are moving ahead with several designs for net-zero-carbon buildings. At HOK, the design of high-performance buildings is our design aesthetic.

Q Do you have a favorite architectural style?

A I’ve always had a fascination and appreciation for the Modernism of the midcentury — elegant and somewhat spartan — and I was fortunate to have worked on the restoration of Modern buildings, like the Lever House.

Q You also worked on One World Trade Center while at S.O.M.

A It was more than a project, because it was so meaningful to New Yorkers — not only for the symbolism but for the security of the occupants of that building.

But as an architectural element, it’s also significant and an important component of our skyline. The building is very symbolic, as you know: It rises to 1,368 feet, the same height as the original south tower, and with the mast reaches 1,776 feet. The base is 200 by 200 feet, the same dimensions as the old towers.

Q Did you always want to be an architect?

A Ever since I could remember. I remember being a very small boy at my grandparents’ backyard in Brooklyn and taking folding chairs, boxes and whatever I could find and piling them together in different shapes. I must’ve been like 4 or 5 and doing that sort of thing. I was always fascinated by the building process.


January 31, 2011

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Courtesy Jet Chai HOK

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Courtesy Woods Bagot + HOK

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Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Walking Radius Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Green Space Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Water Space Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor Pedestrian Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor Vehicle Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor LRT Diagram

Woods Bagot Architecture and HOK Planning have worked together to generate the master plan for  Eco-Smart City and shared its announcement with us here at ArchDaily. Additional renderings, watercolors and the official press release after the break.

HONG KONG – AIA Hong Kong, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has recognized the  Eco-Smart City Master Plan with its 2010 Merit Award for Urban Design. Noted for its long-range vision, the master plan sets forth a strategy for transforming  into a model of ecological urban redevelopment, calling attention to the role of existing cities in forging a more sustainable global future. Woods Bagot’s San Francisco studio served as the architect for the planning team led by HOK and CW Group. The award was the only honor given for urban design by the chapter this year.Located between Beijing and the Tianjin mega-region,  has grown from an agricultural hub of 50,000 in the mid-20th century to a city of 800,000. With the pending completion of the Beijing- Shanghai high-speed rail line, which will stop in , additional growth opportunities for the city are anticipated. In contrast to the pattern of new city development common in , the Eco-Smart City Master Plan proposes to intensify existing development patterns within, preserve the surrounding agricultural land, and integrate ecological systems that restore and enrich the natural habitat—all with an overarching goal of creating an economically, culturally and environmentally vital metropolitan center for future generations.

Three key elements comprise the plan: a City Center Transportation Hub, a Northern Gateway Cultural Corridor, and an extensive wetland and aquifer system. Located in the heart of the city and bridging the high speed rail-line, the transportation hub weaves together transit systems, living infrastructure, and compact development to create a pedestrian-scaled, multi-tiered canopy for working and living. Marking the city’s northern gateway, the Cultural Corridor provides a respite from the density of the city center, offering low-rise, residential blocks, world-class cultural institutions, and a vast, 376-hectare park devoted to ecological restoration.

Distributed throughout the city and feeding into the wetland and aquifer system, a network of green corridors and ‘blueways’—integrated landscape and water features—form a connective, multifunctional infrastructure for harvesting water, restoring biodiversity, and enhancing the city’s sense of place and identity. Supported by an economic strategy that encourages ecologically restorative industries in alternative energy, public transit, and organic agriculture, as well as in health and education, ’s Eco-Smart City master plan establishes a comprehensive, future-oriented vision.

The Eco-Smart City master plan was approved by the city of  earlier this year. Implementation of the City Center Transportation Hub is currently underway.