AIA SF Competition: The Classroom of the Future

By Jeff Heermann,

Senior Project Manager, Joey Favaloro, is a co-chair of the AIA Committee for Education (CAE) working on the planning and design of learning environments. The CAE is currently sponsoring an exciting design competition: The Classroom of the Future – Creating safe spaces for learning in the wake of COVID-19. The idea is to explore visions for the classroom, school, or campus of the future, and seek strategies for creating safe, healthy learning environments. We encourage you to take part in this exciting competition, open to entries until August 20, 2021. Learn more by visiting

Welcome to Our New Staff

By Jeff Heermann,

We’re thrilled to announce four new staff members that have joined HKIT this June! They bring diverse skills to our interior design and affordable housing projects, and we’re delighted to have these talented individuals on the HKIT team.

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Hannah Hathaway, Junior Interior Designer
Hannah is a recent graduate of George Washington University, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. She’s eager to take part in projects that will directly benefit the Bay Area!
“I can’t think of a better place to start my career and make a difference in my community, and I’m so excited to join the HKIT team!”

Vickie Huang, Junior Interior Designer
A recent graduate of San Jose State University, Vickie strives to design for memorable user experiences with environmental consciousness. She has served as a Teaching Assistant at SJSU in California Building Code courses and has been an intern at Eva LaRocque Interiors of San Francisco.

Sam McGeehan, Project Manager
Sam brings over 20 years in the architectural profession on varied projects and building types including market-rate modular, multi-family, and site-built multi-family. He moved to San Francisco 20 years ago after receiving a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sam has climbed throughout the West coast, including Mt. Whitney and El Capitan but “still struggles to break 90 on a golf course each weekend.”

Young Woo “Mac” Son, AIA, Project Manager
Combining an education in engineering, interior design and architecture, Mac has the experience and well-rounded knowledge in a variety of building types and services. Mac comes to HKIT from Barcelon Jang Architecture, where he worked on multiple affordable multi-family housing projects throughout the Bay Area. He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Dong-A University in South Korea and a Master of Architecture degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Celebrating International Women’s Day!

By Jeff Heermann,

Happy International Women’s Day! In support of the 2021 International Women’s Day theme #choosetochallenge we are announcing the addition of these awesome women to the HKIT team.

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Alma Davila, Designer
A recent graduate of CCA, Alma brings an expansive set of skills in 3D modeling, graphic presentation, editing and drawing. She currently serves as Treasurer of the National Organization for Minority Architect Students (NOMAS) chapter at CCA and provides design services for the RYSE Youth Community Center in Richmond, working closely with the group’s members and leadership to further the success of their mission.

Dannielle Sergent, Interior Designer
Dannielle joins HKIT with 30 years of experience in interior design and project management. Her experience encompasses programming, space planning, material expertise, and the implementation of sustainable strategies. With a multi-faceted background, Dannielle has an M.Arch as well as a experience in environmental design and branding. In addition, Dannielle has her own award-winning artisanal fragrance company.

Joey Favaloro, AIA, Project Manager
Joey comes to HKIT from Gensler where she spent six years as an integral part of the Education practice creating learning environments that are engaging, flexible, and resilient. She is committed to understanding the needs of the client and community by personalizing her work through community engagement and building client relationships. She serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco USD Career Pathways program.

A Preview of Monarch Homes

By Jeff Heermann,

We’re excited to show you a glimpse of our latest affordable housing community! Monarch Homes on 33rd and San Pablo in West Oakland will provide 51 homes for seniors, veterans and those who have experienced homelessness. The lobby provides a light-filled, cheerful space to welcome new residents as they move in over the next few weeks, and we couldn’t be happier!

Viamonte Opens Its Doors

By Jeff Heermann,

Construction is complete and residents are moving into this beautiful new senior community in Walnut Creek. Viamonte includes 191 apartments, each RCFE licensed, allowing for a “Home-for-Life” model of care where services can be brought to residents in the comfort of their own home. And as a bonus for these residents, they are among the first in the East Bay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Holiday Giving

By Jeff Heermann,

Even though this year we can’t be there in person, our team has worked hard to bring warmth and comfort to the seniors at the North Richmond Senior Community Center. Thank you to Alten Construction, Richmond Wholesale Meat Co. and Safeway who participated in donating food and poultry to this organization.

Mindful Aging

By Jeff Heermann,

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.

Glenview Elementary School Campus Unveiling (Video)

By Jeff Heermann,

On October 9, 2020, Oakland Unified School District held a “campus unveiling” ceremony to introduce the newly-completed Glenview Elementary School. Click on the image above to watch a video from the event!