Marc L’Italien Joins HGA Architects And Engineers’ Arts, Community And Education Practice Group In San Francisco

L’Italien’s profound experience with complex cultural and educational environments further positions the firm’s ACE group for continued growth

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 12, 2016 – HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm, announced today that Marc L’Italien has joined the firm as a principal in the San Francisco office. L’Italien joins HGA with an impressive resume of award-winning projects throughout the United States comprising museums, science centers, aquarium and zoo planning and design, learning environments, civic buildings, urban design and community engagement projects. In addition to working with cultural and educational clients throughout California, L’Italien will serve as a key leader of the firm’s nationally recognized Arts, Community and Education (ACE) practice, providing strategic planning, project leadership and design expertise to further strengthen the practice group nationally and support HGA’s growing West Coast presence.

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“Marc is recognized as a leading voice of architectural design on the West Coast,” said Tim Carl, HGA’s CEO. “His deep commitment to innovative planning and design—particularly, in the area of sustainability—has resulted in extraordinary projects that have a lasting impact on their communities. We are excited to have him join our talented project teams, and look forward to collaborating with him on behalf of our clients.”

L’Italien’s notable projects include the Exploratorium at Piers 15/17 in San Francisco; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California; Pacific Visions, an expansion to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California; The Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago; and the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources (CCLIR) at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

“I have followed and respected HGA for many years. The firm’s approach to design aligns perfectly with my own process,” said L’Italien. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience and perspective to HGA’s diverse, national practice. Together, we’re going to make a greater impact on the built environment through the design of arts, community and education projects across the nation.”

Formerly with EHDD for more than 26 years, L’Italien served as a design principal for 15 years and was one of five owners responsible for firm management and operations, developing and maintaining client relationships and acquiring and overseeing projects. In addition, he led the design and major client interface on his projects. L’Italien opened and directed EHDD’s Chicago studio for seven years, which was opened specifically to implement various projects for a facility master plan at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, but also focused on community, cultural and higher education projects in the Midwest.

L’Italien is a member of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows (FAIA), and is a LEED accredited professional. He has received numerous design awards, and regularly lectures at various universities and professional associations. L’Italien earned his Bachelor of Science from University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. He is a registered architect in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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