In continuous practice in the Bay Area since 1948, HKIT Architects brings enthusiasm, commitment, and invaluable experience to every project. We maintain an average of 40 professional staff dedicated to design and client relationships. Our size and structure allow for a level of specialization and client attentiveness characteristic of small firms, while affording the strength and flexibility of a larger group of professionals.

HKIT has a strong record of earning broad-based community acceptance through designs that are sensitive to neighbors, highly functional and resolve difficult sites. In addition, we strive to ensure that our designs reflect the client’s requirements, circumstances, site, and budget.

Philosophy of Client Service

At HKIT we center our architectural practice on a deep commitment to responsive client service. Our success in this approach is reflected in the fact that most of our work comes from previous clients, many of whom have been working with us for over 20 years. The philosophy we bring to our work is summarized in the following six tenets:

 

At HKIT, each of our Principals is a hands-on working architect. They stay close to the staff, our clients, and our projects on a daily basis, and attend all major project meetings. We have a high quality track record of principal involvement and good communication, as our clients will attest.

The key element of a successful working relationship is trust. By demonstrating to our clients that we understand their concerns and are consistently able to address them in a cost effective manner, we have been able to establish many long-term relationships. Our clients feel secure that they can rely on us for whatever may arise.

Our strong relationships, both among our in-house staff and with our client and consultant teams, give evidence to our “people orientation” as a firm. We are proud that our staff includes many professionals with long tenures at HKIT. Our solid team relationships enable us to consistently produce successful projects.

Our strongest resource is our staff’s knowledge and experience. Our staff includes dedicated Construction Administrators, a Specifications Writer, and Interior Designers who are responsible for contributing in their respective areas to ensure consistent quality on every project.
We work hard to stay abreast of the latest relevant technological tools. These include current BIM, AutoCAD, Revit and 3D software; a project database, to assist us in providing planning budgets; and excellent project tracking capabilities.

HKIT employs technology to support collaboration. We use the most current versions of AutoCAD and Revit, as well as 3ds Max, software for building information modeling (BIM), and graphic software to prepare presentation, design, and construction drawings. We are proud of our capabilities to quickly and effectively model design alternatives using 3D modeling software. The growth in this area continues to develop a compelling communication tool for client presentations and community meetings. In this way, we continually strive to improve our ability to serve our clients through the discovery and use of emerging technologies in combination with more traditional methods and good common sense.

HKIT is committed to working with clients to design buildings that are healthful and reduce environmental impacts. The firm currently has 12 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. Further, HKIT’s architects are a part of larger industry efforts to promote green building. Our participation includes: the writing of the Multifamily Green Building Guidelines; working with the Bay Area’s non-profit development community to revise the Tax Credit Allocation Committee’s point system following revisions to the energy code; and sharing information with peers about incorporating photovoltaics in affordable housing projects.

We work closely with our consulting engineers and clients' Maintenance and Operations staff to provide the most appropriate facilities which are energy efficient, cost effective and easily maintained. Mechanical and Electrical systems are evaluated for ease of use, energy efficiency, reliability, acoustics, and overall lifecycle costs. We have learned that the best buildings are designed and detailed utilizing durable, vandal resistant, long lasting materials that will continue to look good over the long term with minimal maintenance. We also believe in using environmentally sustainable materials when appropriate and will only specify sustainable products that have a proven track record. Additionally, we are very experienced with meeting LEED and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) standards for green design.

People

Tad Sekino

Tad Sekino

Senior Associate

Project I’m most proud of

Aragon High School Theater

How long I have been at HKIT

28 years

Favorite pastime

Working with ceramics

Architectural influences

Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn,
Le Corbusier

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

The beach
Erwin Won, LEED AP

Erwin Won, LEED AP

Senior Associate

How long I have been at HKIT

28 years

Colleges attended and degrees earned

UC Berkeley,
B.A. Architecture

Architectural influences

Rube Goldberg

Hidden talent

A master in the art of “Found Humor”

If I could choose another profession, it would be…

A late night TV talk show host
Chuck Wong, AIA

Chuck Wong, AIA

Senior Associate

Project I’m most proud of

MillWorks Novato

How long I have been at HKIT

18 years

Architectual influences

Frank Lloyd Wright, Michael Graves, Gwathmey & Seigel, Richard Meier

Types of projects I am most passionate about

Affordable Housing

Favorite hobby

Martial arts
Jordan Fong, AIA, LEED AP

Jordan Fong, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Architecture

Types of projects I am most passionate about

K-12 education

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The variety of people

Architectural influences

Richard Meier

Favorite pastimes

Home improvement

My dream home

An autonomous house that can remodel itself
Felix Hunziker

Felix Hunziker

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture

Project I’m most proud of

Pretty much all of them

Hidden talent

Crafting cocktails

My dream home

A cozy, rustic home on 50 acres of alpine forest

If I could choose another profession, it would be…

Farmer

How long I have been at HKIT

17 years

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

East Bay Regional Parks

 

Frances Kwong

Frances Kwong

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

 UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture

Type of projects I am most passionate about

Projects involving existing buildings, especially historic ones

Hidden talent

Swinging a framing hammer

Project I’m most proud of

John Yehall Chin Elementary School Modernization

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The people – my colleagues, our clients, and our consultant teams

Favorite pastimes

Community gardening, dabbling in different arts (ceramics, leaded glass, woodworking, and welding)

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

Santa Cruz mountains
Sonja Marck, LEED AP

Sonja Marck, LEED AP

Associate

Project I’m most proud of

Lion Creek Crossings Phase V

Colleges attended and degrees earned

University of Minnesota, Bachelors in Scandinavian Studies and German;
California College of Arts and Crafts, Environmental Design

Hidden talent

I can ride a unicycle backwards

My favorite thing about working at HKIT is…

The people that work here

My dream home

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Randall Fawcett House in Los Banos
Melissa Regan-Byers, AIA, LEED AP

Melissa Regan-Byers, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Louisiana State University, Bachelors of Architecture

Type of projects I am most passionate about

Projects that house the homeless. Schools that allow students to excel.

Favorite quote

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

Area of expertise

Learning spaces and accessibility.

Project I’m most proud of

Vera Haile Senior Housing and Glenview Elementary

Favorite pastimes

Spending time with my son and running
Jason A.D. Shirriff, AIA, LEED AP

Jason A.D. Shirriff, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Project I’m most proud of

Moreau Catholic High School

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Southern California Institute of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The wonderful clients and staff at HKIT

Hidden talent

Ink artwork

Favorite pastimes

Raising my kids and traveling
Lisa Wang, AIA, LEED AP

Lisa Wang, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

UC Berkeley, Master Architecture
UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture

Type of projects I am most passionate about

Adaptive-Reuse. I love to see the possibilities in places – to see what they have been and what they can become, and to help make that vision come together.

Hidden talent

Shower singing – particularly Broadway show tunes

Favorite quote

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
– Charles Eames

Area of expertise

Interior Architecture and Master Planning
Bonnie Williams

Bonnie Williams

Office Manager

Favorite quote

“If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Project I’m most proud of

St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The positive attitudes of all of the HKIT staff

Favorite pastime

Reading

Favorite Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

Treasure Island

Legacy

HKIT was founded in the late 1940s by Donald L. Hardison, FAIA. He was joined by his UC Berkeley classmate Richard Komatsu, FAIA and their partnership expanded over the years to include George Ivelich, AIA and Robert Tucker, AIA eventually forming Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker in 1979. The firm changed its name to HKIT Architects in 2008. HKIT has been noted for designing award-winning schools, churches and multi-family, student, and senior housing throughout the Bay Area and California. Noteworthy legacy projects include Easter Hill Village in Richmond and UC Berkeley Student Union Complex including Zellerbach Hall.

1951

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Walnut Creek, California

1953

Balboa Elementary School

Richmond, California

1956

Grant Elementary School

Richmond, California

1957

U.C. Berkeley Student Center

Berkeley, California

1962

Sobrante Filter Plant

El Sobrante, California

1965

Donald L. Hardison Residence

Berkeley, California

1967

Community Church Sebastopol

Sebastopol, California

1969

Contra Costa County Water District

Martinez, California

1978

Bayside Elementary School

Sausalito, California

1988

Noble Tower

Oakland, California

Careers

HKIT is always on the lookout for talent. We offer a great learning environment, as well as competitive salaries and benefits. If you have talent, passion and dedication, and you are a collaborative team player, please send your resume and work samples to info@hkit.com.

It has been our pleasure to work with HKIT on numerous successful projects spanning several decades. As designers and team members, they are committed to determining the best, most efficient solutions for the client and the project. Their understanding of the complexities of the construction process and their ability to create thoughtful designs make them one of the most respected firms in the Bay Area.