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.”

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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.

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.