Michael Orr to Lead HDR’s San Francisco Architecture Office

San Francisco, CA – February 9, 2016 – HDR is pleased to announce that Michael Orr, AIA, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the San Francisco office as Vice President and Managing Principal. In his new role, he will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the office’s architecture practice.


“My mission is to build a strong local culture of collaboration and creativity in the design studio to support HDR’s values. I want to develop strong teams with diverse areas of expertise who can continue to deliver inspiring design solutions for our clients,” says Michael.

In his 17-year career Michael’s multi-faceted roles, as an architect, management consultant and leader, will be invaluable to him in his new position. He initially worked as an architect at two international design firms, followed by a position at a healthcare management consulting firm. He was most recently a director at a non-profit organization that serves the design and construction industries.

Michael earned his MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been active in the AIA and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and he served as a volunteer for the NAPA County Landmarks where he advised clients on design strategies to repair buildings following a 2014 earthquake.

Michael looks upon his new role as the next challenge in his career and he shares his enthusiasm for what lies ahead, “I love working with this group of talented and committed individuals who are passionate about design,” he says. “Our first priority must always be to solve the needs of the client, bringing sharp and fresh ideas to the table.”

You can connect with Michael via LinkedIn.

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