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HOK Strengthens Global Workplace Design and Consulting Capabilities

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NEW YORK—HOK has announced that Curtis Knapp and Kay Sargent, IIDA, LEED AP, have joined the firm as senior vice presidents, and that Senior Vice President Gordon Wright has a new role. The three senior leaders will direct HOK’s continuum of workplace design and consulting services, which begin with strategic property selection, design and construction, and continue through on-site services and building re-use.

Knapp has been named director of HOK’s global consulting group, which helps organizations align their real estate and facilities to support their workplace needs. Based in Dallas, he re-joins HOK from Micron Technology, where he was director of global real estate.

Sargent, whose office is in Washington, D.C., and Wright, located in San Francisco, are directors of HOK’s Strategic Accounts practice, which supports organizations undertaking multiple workplace projects in various locations. Sargent joins the firm from Lendlease; Wright previously led HOK’s consulting group.

“We are helping companies redefine how, when and where their people work,” said Bill Hellmuth, AIA, HOK’s president and CEO. “To reinvent the workplace, we need to take a holistic design approach that integrates an organization’s people, processes and technology. Curtis, Kay and Gordon bring the best of what HOK has to offer—including account management, architecture, consulting, interior design, engineering, facility planning, on-site services and visual communications—to our workplace clients. When our experts in these disciplines collaborate, they can create the most innovative, sustainable and productive workplaces.”

About Curtis Knapp
Knapp returns to HOK from Micron Technology, where he was director of global real estate. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president and client relationship manager at JLL. From 1989-1999, Knapp was part of HOK’s consulting practice, where he led account relationships with several key clients. He is a member of CoreNet Global and a frequent speaker and author on topics related to strategic portfolio, occupancy and workplace planning.

About Kay Sargent
With more than 30 years of experience, Sargent is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments. Sargent previously served as director of workplace strategies for Lendlease. She has authored numerous articles and white papers, and spoken about workplace design at CoreNet, IFMA, Tradeline and other industry events.

About Gordon Wright
Based in San Francisco since joining HOK as director of consulting and senior vice president in 2012, Wright has served as principal-in-charge on several large-scale consulting projects that have improved the built environment and transformed the workplace experience for organizations. He brings 20 years of professional experience in consulting, design and real estate, and has held leadership roles at NELSON, Novartis and KPMG. He is a member of CoreNet Global and the Urban Land Institute.

About HOK
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.