Cheers to Our New Associates!

We are pleased to announce two promotions to Associate! Since joining HKIT in 2018, Lisa (pictured top right) has successfully undertaken some of the firm’s most technically challenging affordable housing projects in recent history with thoughtfulness and diligence. Principal Paul notes, “Lisa demonstrates a commitment to HKIT’s ongoing growth and improvement, not only through her…

75th Anniversary Principal Spotlight: Paul McElwee

Principal Paul McElwee joined HKIT in 2005,  and has been on a steadfast mission to make an impact on the Bay Area community through the design of resilient and sustainable affordable housing. As the firm’s multifamily housing practice leader he shares, “Affordable housing has always been an important market sector in the Bay Area, and…

75th Anniversary Principal Spotlight: Jeff Evans

For nearly two decades at HKIT, Principal Jeff Evans has focused his attention on designing thoughtful and inspiring learning environments for public and private educational clients. “Upon completing grad school, I learned that HKIT’s mission was to create architecture that enriches the community and environment, and that rang true with me then as much as…

75th Anniversary Principal Spotlight: Christophe Laverne

Since joining HKIT over a decade ago, Principal Christophe Laverne’s portfolio has spanned all HKIT’s market sectors. As one of HKIT’s Senior Living practice leaders, Christophe reflects, “What sets HKIT apart is our unwavering 75-year continuous commitment to our core practice areas: housing, senior living, and education. We remain committed to what we have excelled…

Congratulations to Our New Associate!

We are thrilled to announce that Greg Hielsberg has joined HKIT’s leadership team as our newest Associate! An integral member of our Education Team, Greg brings over 18 years of experience in the planning and design of learning environments to HKIT. In addition to being a skillful designer, he holds a key role in the…

HKIT 75th Anniversary Principal Spotlight: John Frando

Principal John Frando joined HKIT in 1996. During his initial interview with the firm, he had the chance to connect with then-partners, Komatsu, Ivelich & Tucker (the “KIT” in HKIT). John remembers being drawn to HKIT’s welcoming and collaborative office environment, saying, “HKIT felt like a place where you could be yourself and take on…

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!