Congratulations to Our New Promotions!

By Jeff Heermann,

We are pleased to announce our newest promotions to our leadership team including Director of Interior Design, Dannielle Sergent and four Associates – Amanda Gusky, Ariella Granett, Gabriela Blackburn, and Joey Favoloro. “Each of these individuals has been actively involved in elevating HKIT’s practice – whether design or technical – and we applaud them for their leadership and contributions to the firm,” shares principal Paul McElwee.

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Director of Interior Design, Dannielle brings over 20 years of experience in architecture and interiors to the firm, with a particular focus on environmental branding and storytelling. Dannielle has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley with a Minor in Art.

Amanda is an interior designer with experience in a variety of sectors including affordable housing and educational projects. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Florida A&M University, and her M.S. in Interior Design from Florida State University.

Ariella has worked on diverse range of projects from educational and interactive children’s museum exhibits to green-rated publicly funded multi-family housing projects. She received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and is a licensed architect and LEED-Accredited Professional.

Gabi is a licensed architect with over ten years of varied experience with a recent focus on education projects. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Joey has extensive experience in educational projects including facilities master planning, modernization, and new construction. Joey received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and is a licensed architect.


Welcome to HKIT!

By Jeff Heermann,

Meet Cosette, a new addition to the HKIT school design team. Cozy brings a modern design aesthetic focused on creative programmatic intersections and finding elegant ways to meet practical challenges, with special expertise overseeing and coordinating large and complex educational projects. Cozy earned her Master of Architecture – MArch, Architecture from the University of Minnesota, and is a member of AIA. Welcome to the team, Cozy!

Beyond Master Planning

By Jeff Heermann,

HKIT recently completed an extensive process with Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) beginning with thorough site analysis and district-wide programming, culminating in a vision for the future of the District and its 19 campuses. The vision sets a clear path to facility improvements with thoughtful and transformative design to be implemented over time. This comprehensive and collaborative process guided the design team to evaluate educational, social, and physical components that became integral components to each of the campus designs. Click on the link below for a White Paper with a more detailed summary of the Master Planning goals and process.

LVJUSD FMP White Paper 2022

Jefferson Union HSD Office & Adult School in Architect Magazine

By Jeff Heermann,

HKIT’s projects for Jefferson Union High School District have been featured in the October issue of Architect magazine!

“HKIT Architects was charged with updating and adding a new district office and adult school to the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, Calif. However, the Oakland, Calif.–based firm is setting its sights higher. It plans to excel environmentally by designing the forthcoming two-story, 30,000-square-foot office building and 39,000-square-foot classroom building to be net-zero energy.”

Click here for the complete feature!

Welcome to Our New Staff

By Jeff Heermann,

HKIT continues to grow! We’d like to introduce four new employees who joined the HKIT team in August, and who bring a wide range of skills and talents to our practice.

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Priscilla Chan, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Designer
Priscilla joined HKIT as an Architectural Designer and brings nearly 7 years of experience with a particular focus in sustainable design. Her background includes education, commercial, and multi-family residential projects. Priscilla earned her BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Environmental Building Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sophie Dosick, Project Architect
Sophie joins HKIT from HY Architects, and brings a wide range of Bay Area K-12 project experience as both Designer and Job Captain. A licensed architect, her interests including cycling, hiking, yoga, architecture history, and accessibility. Sophie earned her BA Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gregory Hielsberg, Architect/Project Manager
Greg brings more than 10 years of experience in the design and planning of learning environments to the team. Greg’s experience includes project management and construction administration. He believes that architecture demands thoughtfulness, devotion, and experience in all phases to be successful. Greg received his Master of Architectural Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University.

Kaye Lao, Junior Designer
A recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Kaye gained real-world experience as a student intern at AC Martin in Los Angeles. She has taken part in the Design Development phase of CSUF’s laboratory renovation and brings advanced Revit skills to the HKIT team.

Zen-Inspired Senior Living

By Jeff Heermann,

The Foresight Radio podcast series presents 95% Reserved Before Groundbreaking! What’s So Special About Enso Village?, which highlights HKIT & Mithun’s exciting new senior living community

“A unique partnership between Kendal Corporation and the San Francisco Zen Center brings the nation’s first Zen-inspired CCRC to Healdsburg, California. With 95% of its capacity reserved — before groundbreaking — it’s obviously an idea whose time has come. Learn what makes this innovation in senior living so special.”

Listen to the podcast here!

Accelerating Affordable Housing

By Jeff Heermann,

At HKIT, affordable housing is a keystone to our practice and we are thrilled that Gov. Gavin Newsom launched the new California Housing Accelerator fund for “shovel-ready” affordable housing projects. This fund will support 7,000+ units of low-income housing statewide. Many of these projects have been waiting for the green light in our office – such as Foon Lok East which will likely be one of the recipients and begin construction in the first quarter of 2022. Locaed in the Brooklyn Basin neighborhood of the Oakland Estuary, this new community will provide 124 units of affordable housing, including 38 for people who have experienced homelessness. It’s a pleasure to continue this incrediby important work building innovative housing solutions for all communities with MidPen Housing and Nibbi Brothers.

Welcome to Our New Staff

By Jeff Heermann,

It’s our pleasure to introduce three new staff members who joined HKIT in July! They bring a wide range of industry experience and a fresh perspective to our education, affordable housing and senior living projects.

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Akshata Atre, Junior Designer

Akshata is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, where she received her BA in Architecture with a minor in City & Regional Planning. She is passionate about working at the intersection of these two fields and designing spaces that affect social change and create a positive social impact. Prior to joining HKIT, she worked as an intern at Watry Design, Inc.

Steve Lovell, Architect/Senior Project Manager

With over 30 years of design experience, Steve has worn many hats through the entire process of design, from conceptual development through collaboration to construction. His experience encompasses community centers, libraries, retail, commercial and high-end hospitality projects. Steve received a Master of Architecture from MIT and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Prior to joining HKIT, Steve was a Senior Project Manager at William Duff Architects, and a Principal and Director of Design with Field Paoli Architects in San Francisco for two decades.

Kevin Dobson, AIA, Architect/Construction Administrator

Kevin brings over 20 years of design and construction experience to HKIT and has worked on a wide range of projects including assisted living facilities, K-12 schools, healthcare, and municipal projects. He has a passion for renewable energy. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Architectural Design & Planning at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, he is licensed in the State of California, and is certified with Cal OES Safety Assessment Program.