HKIT 75th Anniversary Principal Spotlight: Melissa Regan-Byers

As we near our firm’s formal 75th anniversary date in October, we begin to acknowledge the leadership team that is responsible for leading our firm into the future. We proudly spotlight Principal, Melissa Regan-Byers. Melissa’s journey with HKIT began 17 years ago and was guided by a desire to join a firm that designs meaningful…

A Joyous Win for Foon Lok West!

Foon Lok West, which translates to “Joyous Community” in Cantonese, has truly lived up to its name, being awarded the Grand Award for Best Affordable Housing Community – 60 du/acre or more from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget Awards. Much-deserved recognition and congratulations go to MidPen Housing, Nibbi Brothers, and our talented…

HKIT is Proud to Announce an Addition to Firm Leadership

We are thrilled to formally announce that Melissa Regan-Byers has been elevated to principal. In 2006, she joined the firm as a job captain. Over the course of 15+ years, she was promoted to associate and senior project manager, focused on educational projects for several Bay Area school districts. “Melissa has been instrumental in shaping our…

Casa de La Misión in Senior Housing News

Principal, Paul McElwee was interviewed by Senior Housing News for an article that explores how our team was able to navigate the obstacles of a compact site and neighborhood concerns to deliver Casa de La Misión, an award-winning project that honors the rich history of the surrounding community. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, the…

75 Years and Counting!

2023 marks our 75th anniversary since HKIT’s original founder, Donald L. Hardison, became licensed and started the firm Donald L. Hardison Architect in Richmond, California. Since 1948 and through generations of leaders who have shaped our practice, we continue to create meaningful spaces that enrich our communities. Throughout this year, we will share our rich history…

Casa de la Misión Honored

We are excited to share that Casa de la Misión is the winner in the Affordable Housing category of the 2022 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards! The five-story, 45-unit affordable housing community, located in the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District of San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, was an amazing collaboration of designers incorporating several…

Welcome to the Team!

Erika joins HKIT as a Designer with a passion for designing innovative design. She joins HKIT’s schools team and is currently working on the Student Services Building at Orinda Intermediate School. Erika earned her Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and is skilled in a variety of digital technology including…

Welcome to HKIT!

We’d like to introduce two new employees who joined our team in July. Welcome Danielle and Kenneth! Danielle Deltorchio, Marketing Manager Danielle is a welcome addition to HKIT’s marketing team, bringing more than five years of marketing and communications experience in the A/E/C industry. A Bay Area native, she is continually inspired and committed to…


Join us in congratulating Associate and Interior Designer, Amanda G., who recently earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification! The three-part NCIDQ exam is the premier interior design certification in North America and is proof of her skills across all design and technical aspects of the interior design profession. Amanda’s talent can be…

Viamonte Wins USGBC LEED Homes Award

We are delighted to share that Viamonte at Walnut Creek is the winner of the 2022 USGBC LEED Homes Awards! This award recognizes LEED projects and design teams dedicated to building homes with sustainability top of mind. Award winners represent housing projects from all around the world. Viamonte is a LEED Gold certified market-rate senior…

A 2022 Win for Casa de la Misión!

Being awarded the Grand Award for Best Affordable Senior Housing project from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget Awards confirms that Casa de la Misión is a wonderful project completed by a true collaboration of forward-thinking partners. Much-deserved recognition and congratulations goes to Mercy Housing, Y.A. Studio, Roberts Obayshi, a team of subconsultants,…

Congratulations to Our New Promotions!

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…

Welcome to HKIT!

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,…

Beyond Master Planning

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….

Enso Village Featured in DDC Journal

HKIT’s exciting new project, Enso Village was featured in the latest Winter 2021 issue of Design Develop Construct (DDC) Journal. Click here for the complete feature!  

Welcome to Our New Staff

HKIT continues to grow! We’d like to introduce three new employees who joined the HKIT team in November and who bring a wide range of skills and talents to our practice.   (left to right) Stanley Lam, Architectural Designer Stan joined HKIT as an Architectural Designer and brings nearly 4 years of experience with a particular focus in the K-12 practice area. With his experience…

Monarch Apartment Homes in Palm Springs Breaks Ground

We’re excited to announce that Monarch Apartment Homes in Palm Springs has broken ground! This is the first affordable housing project to be built in Palm Springs in 12 years, and we’re proud to work with Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC) to bring this 60-unit project to life. Read the news article here!

Jefferson Union HSD Office & Adult School in Architect Magazine

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…

Zen-Inspired Senior Living

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…

Accelerating Affordable Housing

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 –…

Fight for Meaningful Systemic Change

HKIT Architects unequivocally condemns racism and social inequality and stands in support of Black Lives Matter. We recognize that the status quo has failed the Black community and resolve to do more to fight for meaningful systemic change. Since our founding in 1948, we have worked with partners in public education, affordable housing, and senior living…