In continuous practice in the Bay Area since 1948, HKIT Architects brings enthusiasm, commitment, and invaluable experience to every project. We maintain an average of 60 professional staff dedicated to design and client relationships. Our size and structure allow for a level of specialization and client attentiveness characteristic of small firms, while affording the strength and flexibility of a larger group of professionals.

HKIT has a strong record of earning broad-based community acceptance through designs that are sensitive to neighbors, highly functional and resolve difficult sites. In addition, we strive to ensure that our designs reflect the client’s requirements, circumstances, site, and budget.

Philosophy of Client Service

At HKIT we center our architectural practice on a deep commitment to responsive client service. Our success in this approach is reflected in the fact that most of our work comes from previous clients, many of whom have been working with us for over 20 years. The philosophy we bring to our work is summarized in the following six tenets:

At HKIT, each of our Principals is a hands-on working architect. They stay close to the staff, our clients, and our projects on a daily basis, and attend all major project meetings. We have a high quality track record of principal involvement and good communication, as our clients will attest.

The key element of a successful working relationship is trust. By demonstrating to our clients that we understand their concerns and are consistently able to address them in a cost effective manner, we have been able to establish many long-term relationships. Our clients feel secure that they can rely on us for whatever may arise.

Our strong relationships, both among our in-house staff and with our client and consultant teams, give evidence to our “people orientation” as a firm. We are proud that our staff includes many professionals with long tenures at HKIT. Our solid team relationships enable us to consistently produce successful projects.

Our strongest resource is our staff’s knowledge and experience. Our staff includes dedicated Construction Administrators, a Specifications Writer, and Interior Designers who are responsible for contributing in their respective areas to ensure consistent quality on every project.
We work hard to stay abreast of the latest relevant technological tools. These include current BIM, AutoCAD, Revit and 3D software; a project database, to assist us in providing planning budgets; and excellent project tracking capabilities.

HKIT employs technology to support collaboration. We use the most current versions of AutoCAD and Revit, as well as 3ds Max, software for Building Information Modeling (BIM), and graphic software to prepare presentation, design, and construction drawings. We are proud of our capabilities to quickly and effectively model design alternatives using 3D modeling software. The growth in this area continues to develop a compelling communication tool for client presentations and community meetings. In this way, we continually strive to improve our ability to serve our clients through the discovery and use of emerging technologies in combination with more traditional methods and good common sense.

HKIT is committed to working with clients to design buildings that are healthful and reduce environmental impacts. The firm currently has 12 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. Further, HKIT’s architects are a part of larger industry efforts to promote green building. Our participation includes: the writing of the Multifamily Green Building Guidelines; working with the Bay Area’s non-profit development community to revise the Tax Credit Allocation Committee’s point system following revisions to the energy code; and sharing information with peers about incorporating photovoltaics in affordable housing projects.

We work closely with our consulting engineers and clients' Maintenance and Operations staff to provide the most appropriate facilities which are energy efficient, cost effective and easily maintained. Mechanical and Electrical systems are evaluated for ease of use, energy efficiency, reliability, acoustics, and overall lifecycle costs. We have learned that the best buildings are designed and detailed utilizing durable, vandal resistant, long lasting materials that will continue to look good over the long term with minimal maintenance. We also believe in using environmentally sustainable materials when appropriate and will only specify sustainable products that have a proven track record. Additionally, we are very experienced with meeting LEED and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) standards for green design.

People

Erwin Won, LEED AP

Erwin Won, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

1989

Architectural influences

Rube Goldberg

Architect

Hidden talent

A master in the art of “Found Humor”

If I could choose another profession, it would be…

A late night TV talk show host
Gabi Blackburn, AIA

Gabi Blackburn, AIA

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

University of Southern California, Bachelor of  Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

2020

Types of projects I am most passionate about

Projects with great teams that take a long view of the building or campus’s lifespan

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

Everyone knows something I don’t know, and we all share our knowledge and experiences with one another

An award I’ve won

ICSC 20 under 40 Class of 2016

Hidden Talent

Avid knitter

My dream home

Wherever my family is

Favorite pastimes

Knitting, cooking and traveling
Joey Favaloro, AIA

Joey Favaloro, AIA

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Rice University, Bachelor of Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

2021

Types of projects I am most passionate about

Flexible learning spaces. They’re inherently sustainable and provide clients with options

Architectural Influences

Travel and seeing the vernacular buildings around the world that respond to their environments so well. New Mexico to Amsterdam are some of the most unique I’ve visited

Area of Expertise

Learning spaces, master plans, and community engagement

Favorite pastimes

Outdoor yoga and baking

If I could choose another profession, it would be…

Costume designer
Jordan Fong, AIA, LEED AP

Jordan Fong, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

1999

Types of projects I am most passionate about

K-12 education

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The variety of people

Architectural influences

Richard Meier

Favorite pastimes

Home improvement

My dream home

An autonomous house that can remodel itself
Ariella Granett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ariella Granett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

University of California Berkeley, Bachelor of  Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

2019

Type of project I am most passionate about

Housing and schools developed near transit

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

Our mission-driven clients

Area of expertise

Integrating interior design with architecture

Favorite pastimes

Climate Action, being a housing YIMBY, and hanging out with my kids

Favorite quote

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” – Bill Nye the Science Guy
Amanda Gusky

Amanda Gusky

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Florida State University, Masters, Interior Design; Florida A&M University, Bachelor of  Science

When did I start at HKIT

2016

Types of projects am most passionate about

I am passionate about projects that uplift communities. Because we specialize in Education, Affordable Multi-Family, and Senior Housing, this happens often!

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

I enjoy exploring all of the Bay Area downtowns and trying new restaurants

My dream home

A Spanish-style home with an interior courtyard
Felix Hunziker

Felix Hunziker

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

1999

Project I’m most proud of

Pretty much all of them

Hidden talent

Crafting cocktails

My dream home

A cozy, rustic home on 50 acres of alpine forest

If I could choose another profession, it would be…

Farmer

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

East Bay Regional Parks
Melissa Regan-Byers, AIA, LEED AP

Melissa Regan-Byers, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Louisiana State University, Bachelors of Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

2006

Type of projects I am most passionate about

Projects that house the homeless. Schools that allow students to excel

Favorite quote

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Area of expertise

Learning spaces and accessibility

Project I’m most proud of

Vera Haile Senior Housing and Glenview Elementary

Favorite pastimes

Spending time with my son and running
Jason A.D. Shirriff, AIA, LEED AP

Jason A.D. Shirriff, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Southern California Institute of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture

When did I start at HKIT

1997

Project I’m most proud of

Moreau Catholic High School

Favorite thing about working at HKIT

The wonderful clients and staff at HKIT

Hidden talent

Ink artwork

Favorite pastimes

Raising my kids and traveling
Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

Office Operations Manager

Colleges attended and degrees earned

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts

When did I start at HKIT

2015

Bay Area destination I enjoy visiting

Fort Mason during a craft fair and Dillon Beach

Favorite pastimes

Making pottery and filling it with plants

My dream home

A cottage on the beach

My favorite thing about working at HKIT is…

Our mission to help our communities, and the people that help make that happen

Legacy

HKIT was founded in the late 1940s by Donald L. Hardison, FAIA. He was joined by his UC Berkeley classmate Richard Komatsu, FAIA and their partnership expanded over the years to include George Ivelich, AIA and Robert Tucker, AIA eventually forming Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker in 1979. The firm changed its name to HKIT Architects in 2008. HKIT has been noted for designing award-winning schools, churches and multi-family, student, and senior housing throughout the Bay Area and California. Noteworthy legacy projects include Easter Hill Village in Richmond and UC Berkeley Student Union Complex including Zellerbach Hall.

1930s

Don Hardison & Rich Komatsu

1951

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Walnut Creek, California

1953

Balboa Elementary School

Richmond, California

1956

Grant Elementary School

Richmond, California

1957

U.C. Berkeley Student Center

Berkeley, California

1965

Donald L. Hardison Residence

Berkeley, California

1967

Community Church Sebastopol

Sebastopol, California

1969

Contra Costa County Water District

Martinez, California

1978

Bayside Elementary School

Sausalito, California

1988

Noble Tower

Oakland, California

Careers

HKIT is always on the lookout for talent. We offer a great learning environment, as well as competitive salaries and benefits. If you have talent, passion and dedication, and you are a collaborative team player, please send your resume and work samples to careers@hkit.com.

HKIT Architects values diversity and inclusion within our workforce. We encourage qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for employment and professional opportunities at HKIT Architects. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

2209 Project Manager + Architect (Housing)
2214 Construction Administrator (Intermediate)
2215 Junior Interior Designer
2216 Construction Administrator (Intermediate)

It has been our pleasure to work with HKIT on numerous successful projects spanning several decades. As designers and team members, they are committed to determining the best, most efficient solutions for the client and the project. Their understanding of the complexities of the construction process and their ability to create thoughtful designs make them one of the most respected firms in the Bay Area.