Three HOK Architects to Speak at 2013 Living Future unConference in Seattle

SEATTLE – HOK’s Paul Woolford, AIA, LEED AP, Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED AP and Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP will speak at two sessions at the Living Future Institute’s seventh annual unConference, Living Future 2013, which takes place on May 15-17 at the Westin Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle. Both sessions will occur at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

Building on the “Steampunk’d: One” presentation at Living Future 2012, Woolford and Bosnic will present “Steampunk’d: Two – Regenerating the Past for Future Resilience” with Kathryn Merlino, University of Washington assistant professor of architecture, and Peter Rumsey, Integral Group chief technology officer and West Coast managing director. This interactive session will illustrate ways to adapt successful passive strategies into environmental building solutions. With a focus on regenerating buildings from the past, the audience will learn how to meet the goals of progressive renewal and contemporary, performance-based design.

Knittel will present “Bringing the Genius of the Biome to Create Resiliency in the Built Environment” with Jamie Dwyer, Biomimicry 3.8 biologist at the design table, and Kathy Zarsky, HOLOS biomimicry specialist. This presentation will discuss the Genius of Biome, a new report and design resource developed by HOK and Biomimicry 3.8. Participants will join in a work session in which they apply Genius of Biome to specific design challenges, including understanding how flora and fauna thrive in similar climates around the world and how natural patterns and solutions span continents.
Paul Woolford, senior vice president and design principal in HOK’s San Francisco office, is a recognized industry leader whose work focuses on helping people rethink their relationship with their environment. He leads an interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers, land planners, interiors and landscape designers. He has taught design at the University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; and Savannah College of Art and Design. He was named “Outstanding Young Architect of the Year” by the AIA.

Zorana Bosnic, vice president and sustainable design director for HOK’s San Francisco office, has more than 20 years of experience in architecture, sustainable design and construction. Her expertise spans numerous building types and climate regions, including Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the West Coast of the United States. She has a special interest in innovative sustainable design technologies applied to facade engineering, with special focus on energy savings and daylight enhancement technologies.

Thomas Knittel is a vice president and project designer in HOK’s Seattle office. A licensed architect since 1986, he joined HOK in 2007 and has become one of the firm’s leading sustainable design advocates. His work in biomimicry – drawing inspiration from natural systems to solve human problems – integrates models from nature into the design of buildings, communities and cities.

Current projects being led by HOK’s San Francisco office include the San Francisco Public Safety Building, Kaiser Redwood City Hospital, the University of California Davis Veterinary Medicine Research Facility, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Regional Center in Hawaii, and the New Doha International Airport in Qatar.
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. In 2012, for the third consecutive year, DesignIntelligence ranked HOK as the #1 role model for sustainable and high-performance design.

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