We have reason to be thankful early this year! On Tuesday the Healdsburg Planning Commission unanimously approved the design of Enso Village, a 221-unit senior living facility. We’ve been working with Mithun, lead design architect, Kendal, Greenbrier, and the San Francisco Zen Center to design “a Community that has a focus on mindful aging, the joys of nature, environmental stewardship and contemplative care,” said Susan O’Connell of the SF Zen Center.
HKIT’s Director of Design, Rod Henmi, is co-chairing the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) conference happening this week! Rod said “This year’s online conference is an opportunity to widen the understanding of public spaces and available avenues of engagement in our professions. We will provide an evocative and educational agenda that tackles the immense challenges in the built environment.” For more information, visit https://www.noma.net/conference-2020/
Are you attending the virtual Leading Age conference on October 7-9, 2020? HKIT Principal, Christophe Laverne, will be leading a discussion with Susan O’Connell, Spiritual Director of the San Francisco Zen Center, and Jennifer Block, Chaplain & Educator, about the Zen-inspired senior community, Enso Village, and the influence of a spiritual practice on design. Zoom on over and join us!
We are excited to announce six new staff members that have joined HKIT. Our work in affordable housing, K-12 learning environments, and senior living continues to expand and were a delighted to welcome these smiling faces to the team.
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Gabriela Blackburn, AIA, joins HKIT with more than 10 years of experience as a Project Architect / Manager on a variety of project types including residential, commercial and retail. Gabi is “looking forward to working with clients who take a more holistic approach to their projects and think of their projects on a longer time scale.”
Giselle Alcazar, Project Manager, joins the HKIT housing team with a depth of experience in residential communities. Her recent work at Christiani Johnson included senior living, market-rate and affordable communities. Giselle is excited about contributing to finding a solution to the immediate affordable housing need in Bay Area communities.
Halle Lozano, LEED AP, comes to HKIT after six years at a small firm in Berkeley focused on a wide-range of workplace solutions and residential projects. At HKIT, she is currently managing an exciting new affordable senior community that will be delivered using modular construction.
Mrunalini Kulkarni, LEED GA, received her Master of Architecture from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India in 2012. As part of her Masters program at CEPT she studied one year in India and one year in Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. She comes to HKIT from Glefand Partners where she was an architectural designer on a variety of affordable senior communities including Clementina Towers, an MOHCD project in San Francisco.
Jennifer Lew, AIA, LEED AP, has more than 10 years of experience in the design and planning of residential communities in the Bay Area. She came to HKIT from Lowney Architecture where she served as a Project Architect and Senior Project Design on hotels, multi-family housing, student housing, and modular construction.
Taylor Fahmi, AIA, LEED AP, has returned to HKIT after seven years at Christiani Johnson where she was an Associate, managing multi-family housing projects, including market rate and affordable townhomes and flats, as well as mixed-use urban infill developments. We are thrilled that she will be joining the other Associates in the firm.
HKIT Architects unequivocally condemns racism and social inequality and stands in support of Black Lives Matter. We recognize that the status quo has failed the Black community and resolve to do more to fight for meaningful systemic change.
Since our founding in 1948, we have worked with partners in public education, affordable housing, and senior living to nurture bright minds, build strong and safe communities, and care holistically for senior residents providing homes, not just units. This has always been an important part of our core mission, to enrich the community and environment. We are proud of the diversity in our office. We work closely with community organizations, high schools, and local universities to hire interns from diverse backgrounds who are exploring architecture as a profession and provide them with mentorship and guidance. Members of our staff are integrally involved with NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and our Director of Design will be co-chairing the national conference this Fall.
Despite these efforts we realize that we have not done enough.
As architects and designers, we pledge to listen more, understand better, and work harder – both as professionals and members of the community, to address the structural inequalities around us. Specifically, we will do more to expand diversity in the profession and in our staff at HKIT. Over the coming weeks, we will engage our staff in a deeper internal dialogue in open forums to develop ideas and strategies to continue and promote diversity and equity.
We are thrilled the students are as excited as we are about this new NZE STEAM classroom building on the Piedmont High School campus!
Because it’s essential, affordable housing construction won’t stop during these quarantine days. We are thankful to be a part of such important work and grateful for the brave construction workers that show up every day to keep this project going.
Construction is complete, and families have moved into Casala, a new affordable housing community with 55 family apartments in San Francisco!
Margaret Parker Salop has been promoted to Principal at HKIT Architects. She is a pivotal member of the team, and is focused on affordable housing for families and seniors. Margaret’s primary interest is how ﬁrms can thrive in the work of designing sustainable, beautiful, community-serving buildings, particularly for schools, low-income families, and seniors.
Our goal is to always be giving back to the community. This week our Principal Jeff Evans led a discussion with students at Piedmont High School about his career path to becoming an architect and leader in sustainable design. The new STEAM Classroom building, a Net Zero Energy project currently in construction on their campus, serves as a teaching tool about architecture, construction and sustainability.