UCBerkeley College of Environmental Design Career Day

We spent some quality time with emerging architectural students at the UCB College of Environmental Design (CED) Career Fair. Students came to us because of their interest in affordable housing and socially-impactful architecture. We look forward to bringing on board some enthusiastic interns this summer!

Life’s Garden Re-Opens

We recently celebrated the re-opening of Life’s Garden Senior Community in Sunnyvale, after a $65M redevelopment that started in 2016. The renovation touched every aspect of the 200-unit community from new fixtures and finishes in all units to the installation of drought tolerant landscaping. We couldn’t be happier for this community to start the year off…

We’re in the Holiday Spirit

We’re in the holiday spirit and spent the morning with our friends at the Multicultural Senior & Family Center in Richmond. We put together 450 bags of groceries for their annual holiday food drive. Thanks to Alten Construction and Richmond Wholesale Meats for their contributions.

Lightfighter Village Moves Forward

HKIT is excited to be moving forward with this important new housing community for Veterans and their families. Working collaboratively with the Veterans Transition Center (VTC) and EAH Housing, this 70-unit residence will be modern, energy efficient, and LEED Certified. It was approved unanimously by the Marina City Council in November. Lightfighter Village will be…

Margaret Parker Salop Profiled by AIA East Bay

We are proud of our Associate Margaret Parker Salop, who was recently profiled by in the AIA East Bay newsletter.  

70 Years and Counting!

  We are pleased to announce the installation of a commemorative exhibit at the AIA East Bay Chapter office (1405 Clay Street, Oakland). Come by to see a visual history of the firm’s 70 years. HKIT’s proficiency and diverse portfolio of multifamily and senior housing, learning environments, and municipal work has been a consistent part…

Learning Environments: Then & Now

We are proud of our 70-year heritage of designing schools that reflect the ever-evolving approach to teaching, and provide healthy learning environments that support academic success. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of creating flexible indoor-outdoor classrooms, including STEAM / STEM classrooms, maker spaces, and linked learning academies. Our schools are community-centered and contextual…

HKIT Architects Celebrates 70 Years!

2018 Marks a Special Anniversary for HKIT Architects:  70 Years of Continuous Practice in the Bay Area! We are excited to celebrate seven decades of shaping our community with “Architecture that enriches the community and environment.” Join us for a look at our legacy of civic and socially-responsible projects and the people that have contributed…

Season of Giving

On December 15th, HKIT staff delivered 10 hand-tied fleece blankets and worked with volunteers at the Community Senior Citizen Center in North Richmond, to assemble over 300 grocery bags with food for the holidays for seniors and low-income families in the community. Our team spent the morning coordinating with volunteers, bagging food donations, and had…

HKIT’s Castle Creation

HKIT was proud to participate in the 35th Annual Leap Sandcastle Classic on November 11th. We joined forces with Alfatech Engineers, BrightWorks, Degenkolb Engineers, IA Interior Architects, Leland Saylor & Associates, One Workplace, SC Builders, Tipping Structural Engineers, and our Partner School, San Francisco’s Lawton Elementary. Together as Team “Sandy Potter,” we built a replica…

HKIT Architects is Expanding

In business for 70 years, HKIT Architects is expanding its leadership team to better serve our clients. “Our strength is our commitment to client service, we give our full attention and commitment to each project, large or small,” says Principal Dara Youngdale. Consistently listed as one of the top 25 firms in the Bay Area by…

Making Connections at Lion Creek Crossings

This article features a glimpse at life at Lion Creek Crossings, an affordable community in Oakland. Lion Creek Crossings offers a healthy environment, comfortable surroundings, and amenities such as on-site child care. The project has served as a beacon in a challenged area –  “That’s the place I want to live,” as one resident states. A video of the Lion…

School on Wheels Serves SF Adults

As a firm that is committed to education, housing for all income levels, and strong community building, HKIT is pleased to share this exciting new resource. The first of its kind in the nation, the Five Keys Mobile School will serve at-risk youth and adults who have fallen through the cracks in the public education system. Donated…

Donner Lofts Named Urban Finalist by Affordable Housing Finance

Donner Lofts addresses two big challenges faced by the city of San Jose, Calif.—the need for workforce housing near downtown jobs and permanent housing for people who have been homeless. Read the complete article here.  

Transforming a middle school campus!

The Stone Valley Middle School new classroom and multi-purpose buildings are starting to take shape. Watch for updates as the project progresses and ultimately transforms the San Ramon Valley USD campus.

Groundbreaking at San Ramon Valley High School

On May 17, 2017, we attended the groundbreaking of the San Ramon Valley High School classroom building, the largest project funded by the $260 million Measure D Facilities bond, designed by HKIT Architects. “The SRVHS classroom building project will provide students and staff with a state-of-the-art facility to replace existing outdated buildings. The new building will…

Approval of San Pablo and 33rd Street Housing Project

We are excited to announce that the Oakland Planning Commission has approved HKIT’s proposed design for a new 51-unit senior housing community on San Pablo and 33rd Street in Oakland, California. This project was unanimously approved by the commission with high praise for the proposal.

71 Units of Family Housing in Downtown Oakland

One of our most recently completed projects, Prosperity Place, located in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt provides a vital mixed-use complex and 71 family housing units.

Equitable Restroom Design for Comfort, Safety, and Gender-Inclusivity

“‘Gang style’ bathrooms, in which rows of stalls are installed opposite rows of wash basins and designated only for males or for females, have been de rigueur in educational facilities for the last hundred years… Relinquishing this traditional bathroom model is daunting, since individual toilet rooms can significantly increase costs through additional plumbing, ductwork, ventilation, partitions,…

Giving Back

On December 16th, HKIT staff delivered 336 turkeys (over 4,300 lbs!), canned goods, and hand-tied fleece blankets to the Neighborhood House of North Richmond, a non-profit organization serving seniors and low income families. HKIT volunteers spent the morning working with NHNR volunteers, bagging food donations, moving pallets of frozen turkeys, making deliveries to local house-bound seniors, and having a great…

Lion Creek Crossings Receives 2016 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Award

HKIT Architects is proud to announce that Lion Creek Crossings, a new, affordable senior community located in Oakland, has won a Grand Award for the 2016 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards in Builder Magazine. Thanks to the entire team, Related, EBALDC, and Oakland Housing Authority with Nibbi Construction, for completing a great project! For…

San Ramon Valley High School

We are excited to present our new 3-story classroom project at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville. The new building replaces 9 aging classroom wings on a crowded existing campus with a new 21st century classroom building providing students and staff with state-of-the art facilities. Demolition began in August 2016 with construction planned to begin…

Viamonte Wins Grand Award

We are proud to announce that Viamonte Walnut Creek has been awarded the Gold Nugget Awards 2016 “Grand Award”! Judges Statement: “This senior housing project is On the Boards but it carries with it a design review approval from the City of Walnut Creek. The site is part of a master planned community offering commercial…

HKIT Earns Awards of Merit in the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards Competition

HKIT is pleased to announce that two of our projects, Viamonte Walnut Creek and Belmont Village Albany, have earned the 2016 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for “Best Senior Housing Community – On the Boards”.  The GNAs are the oldest and most prestigious design awards in the nation and a centerpiece of PCBC, where all winners share one common…

$28 Million Middle School Renovation Begins Construction

Construction on the $28 million Stone Valley Middle School renovation project officially began on Thursday, May 12th. This project will completely transform this San Ramon Valley Unified School District campus, replacing and modernizing aging classrooms and facilities.

Principal Thomas Brutting Presenting at LeadingAge California 2016

HKIT Principal Thomas Brutting, FAIA, will be co-presenting next week at the LeadingAge California 2016 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, on the following subjects: The Aging Eye: The Impact of Visual Impairments Tuesday, May 3 from 9:15am-10:15am Presenters: Thomas Brutting, Principal, HKIT Architects; Shari Roeseler, Executive Director, Society for the Blind Planning the Future: A Blessing or Curse?…

Breaking Ground at St. Raymond K-8 School and Parish

We recently celebrated the groundbreaking the highly anticipated “Child Development Center” at the St. Raymond K-8 School and Parish in Dublin. HKIT has provided on-going master planning and design services for the St. Raymond community over many years. Our current work includes new classrooms and outdoor play areas, campus-wide landscape improvements and the remodel and…

Groundbreaking at Stargell Commons, Alameda

Alameda officials and housing advocates broke ground on Wednesday, March 23rd, celebrating the start of construction on the city’s newest affordable housing complex Stargell Commons, a housing project in Alameda which will consist of 32 units of affordable family housing. For more information about the project or groundbreaking, please see this Contra Costa Times article.

HKIT Volunteering

HKIT spent the weekend volunteering at the St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room, serving over 2,000 meals in one day to individuals and families in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. This recently completed facility was designed by HKIT Architects and serves both the community as well as provides 90 units of affordable senior housing.

Kimochi San Mateo Ribbon Cutting

On February 22nd, HKIT staff members Tom Brutting, Diana Ariza-Klose, Rod Henmi and Sonja Marck joined congresswoman Jackie Speier, Japanese Consul General Jun Yamada and other luminaries in the ribbon cutting at the Kimochi San Mateo assisted living facility. HKIT dramatically transformed a decrepit former building into a handsome, welcoming assisted living facility for 14…

HKIT Announces Four New Principals

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Evans, John Frando, Christophe Laverne and Paul McElwee, have been named Principals in the firm. In business for more than 68 years, HKIT Architects is expanding its leadership team to better serve their clients. “Our strength is our commitment to client service, we give our full attention and…

Swan’s Market in Old Oakland

We are excited to be located in the heart of this evolving neighborhood, directly above Swan’s Market, and proud to be an Oakland-based firm. Swan’s Market isn’t your typical food court – the building will soon be celebrating its one hundred-year anniversary, and the recent ascendance of Swan’s Market gourmet food scene has drawn national…

How Architects Can Help Climate Change

“The LEED approach to sustainability is broad and certainly adds value, but to address climate change, we need to delve deeper.” For more information about how architects and builders have a large role in fighting climate change, read more here.   Left: The Bullitt Center, a revolutionary office building in Seattle designed by Miller Hull, that…

2015 AIASF Design Awards

We are proud to announce that the St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room and Social Work Center is a recipient of the 2015 AIASF Design Awards in the Social Responsibility category. This building is a mixed-use residential project and the result of development efforts of two non-profit organizations: Mercy Housing California and the St. Anthony Foundation.

ULI Global Award for Excellence

HKIT is excited to announce that the recently completed Vera Haile Senior Housing/St. Anthony’s Dining Room has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, an international award program representing a multidisciplinary collection of developments around the world.

School Innovation in Finland

At the Saunalahti school in the city of Espoo, Finland, you would never look at the building and think it was a school. Across its 10,500 square kilometres, there’s a primary school, a secondary school, a kindergarten, a youth club, theater, cafeteria, library, gym and more. Teaching takes place in a relaxed atmosphere: children are allowed to sit where and in whatever position they want, and discussion…