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HMC Celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 17th, 2014

By Adrienne Luce and Julie Strauss

HMC Architects celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) with the Inland Empire United Way and Hands On Inland Empire by volunteering at the Upland Elementary School campus makeover event. It was exciting to see the campus transformed and meaningful to contribute and be part of that process.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and for sharing your photos of the event; continue reading to catch our Instagram photo recap and see the impact Team HMC made at Upland Elementary School.
video montageWatch Aram Hernandez’s video montage of the campus makeover.

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HMC DFF Supports STEM Education and Linked Learning at CART

February 25th, 2014

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, Designing Futures Foundation

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) awarded a $5,000 grant to support the Center for Advanced Research and Technology’s (CART) 14th annual student showcase event in Clovis, California. STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) is one of the four core focus areas of the DFF (the other three are architecture/design, environmental sustainability and disaster relief). Since 2010, HMC has supported the CART’s progressive college and career readiness program that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with hands-on project based learning.


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Meet the HMC Designing Futures Foundation’s New Board Members

February 2nd, 2014

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) welcomes Eera Babtiwale, Steve Wilson and Mary Morris to the DFF board of directors. They replace John Nichols, Kevin Wilkeson and Pam Maynard who rotated off the DFF board last year. In 2009, HMC founded the Designing Futures Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to advance and deepen the firm’s commitment to giving back. DFF board members serve for three years and they are entrusted to ensure that the foundation’s assets are used for charitable purposes.
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Walking to Support Children’s Hospital Orange County

September 23rd, 2013

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

HMC is gearing up for CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland this October, the largest pediatric children’s walk in the country. CHOC Walk benefits Children’s Hospital Orange County—raising funds to support the care, services, education and research of CHOC. Our HMC team is 71 strong, consisting of staff and their families from all HMC Southern California offices, and we’re walking in honor of Justin with Team Jussy Bear. Justin has Lissencephaly, a rare brain function disorder, making him a frequent visitor to CHOC. CHOC has helped his family keep him comfortable and safe.

Interested in supporting CHOC Walk? Click the flyer to visit HMC’s team page and join the team or make a donation.








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HMC partners with HandsOn Inland Empire to make cards for kids

September 18th, 2013

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, HMC Architects

With loving hearts, talented hands and lots of great craft materials, our Ontario studio partnered with HandsOn Inland Empire/Inland Empire United Way to make colorful handmade cards for children receiving treatment at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital and Pomona Valley Hospital. Many of the children at these hospitals are undergoing arduous treatments with long recovery periods. Each day the children receive a handmade card with their lunch to cheer them up.
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hosts Final Review at HMC LA

May 30th, 2013

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and President HMC Designing Futures Foundation
Allison Ball's project began as pattern inspired by water droplets. As part of HMC’s Designing Futures Foundation partnership with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s LA Metro program, directed by Professor Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD, fourth year CPSLO students convened at HMC’s LA studio on May 24 for their final review. The 21 aspiring architects had developed plans for a Performing Arts and Film Institute. The students were assigned sites on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, each location presenting different challenges and design considerations. Drawing studied inspiration from a series of 2d patterns of their choosing including hounds tooth, sound waves, teardrops, water currents and crystals, the students developed a series of formal spatial investigations.
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Improving the Environment One Garden at a Time: Norco College’s Water Demonstration Garden

November 1st, 2012

By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation Executive Director

Dr. Diane Dieckmeyer, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Norco College, dreamed of replacing a massive water guzzling lawn outside the student bookstore with a sustainable teaching garden that could advance and support the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Left: Diane Dieckmeyer working in Norco College’s water demonstration garden.

As Diane described in the DFF grant application, “California is known for its endless sunshine and lush vegetation of orange groves, palm trees, and hibiscus. However, this vegetation is not native to Southern California where drought-tolerant plants flourish. Southern California is considered a semiarid region and receives approximately 15 inches of rain annually with the Norco College region receiving only 13 inches annually. The use of non-native plants and expansive green lawns so common in California is a drain to already scarce water resources. One of the most effective ways to conserve water is to replace water-thirsty lawns and non-native plants with native and drought-tolerant plants. For example, replacing a 1000 square foot lawn with native and drought-tolerant plants saves 7700 gallons per month; a water consumption reduction of over 91 percent.”
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Micheltorena Steps Community Project

June 18th, 2012

By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation Executive Director

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation board recently approved a Community Project grant to fund the restoration of the Micheltorena Steps in Silver Lake. The steps are a main pathway to Micheltorena School for children in the neighborhood, and are unsafe and in disrepair.

Scott Plante from our LA Studio proposed this project, and although Scott doesn’t have kids, he lives near the school and uses these steps. He is committed to improving the quality of life in Silver Lake, and has served on the Silver Lake Urban Design Committee for six months. After an inspirational moment while he was sitting in traffic on the 101 staring at a freeway overpass, Scott went to the Silver Lake Urban Design Committee with a design proposal to light steps and underpasses throughout Silver Lake. A creative lighting scheme would highlight anonymous infrastructure, making it more visible and a part of the community rather than an obstacle. Recognizing the safety issues with children and the adjacent school, the Micheltorena Steps were selected as a prototype for repairing and relighting similar steps throughout the neighborhood.

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OTIS Report on the Creative Economy

November 22nd, 2011

By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation’s Executive Director

For many years, arts education advocates had the same conversations with the same groups of people about why the arts were important and why they should not be cut from our schools. In 2007, an initiative was launched by the OTIS College of Art and Design under the leadership of its president Samuel Hoi that changed everything. For the first time the conversation about the value of the arts was completely re-contextualized and expanded to a broad and diverse audience. Last week I attended the 5th annual OTIS Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region held at the Colburn School in downtown LA, and I was just as impressed and enlightened this year as I have been every year since the project’s inception.
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