September 18th, 2013
The October issue of PSMJ’s Project Management newsletter focuses on team management and innovation and features an interview with HMC President Beverly Prior, “Creating a winning culture.” In the article, Beverly answers the following questions:
— What makes HMC Architects unique?
— How does the fact that HMC is 100% employee-owned affect productivity and morale?
— What is your best advice for firm leaders seeking long-term success and sustainable growth?
— What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the architecture industry?
— How do you decompress when you aren’t running a busy and successful firm?
Here is what Beverly had to say about seeking long-term success and sustainable growth:
“HMC Architects’ design work and process is driven by a series of very simple guiding principles, including listening to learn, being adaptable and nimble, driving innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as respect for and the development of our staff—these principles directly contribute to HMC’s success.
Here are some key points to help guide other firms toward long-term success:
- It’s critical to stay connected to the profession—identifying issues and thinking together with colleagues helps build awareness.
- It’s critical to listen to your staff.
- It’s critical to listen to your clients.
- It’s critical to invest in and develop your people and your technology.
- It’s critical to foster a culture of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
July 24th, 2013
By Steve Bennett, CAD Manager
I was looking at the HMC Ontario raised garden bed the other day and thought that it looks simple enough, but there has to be a few tricks that went into building it. After asking around a bit, I found who built it. I took a couple minutes to interview the builder, Jack Kay, Director of Construction Administration, to get some insight into how he approached it.
July 18th, 2013
By Brenda Cintron, Designer
It all started when Dexter Galang, Evan Troxel and Tom Hunter walked into the Ontario office wearing a bright green shirt. They said it was unplanned, but I don’t find it hard to imagine these guys calling each other for fashion tips. From that day on, I have been keeping an eye on people who wear very similar outfits. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots, enjoy!
July 17th, 2013
By Thomas Ferrer, Technical Manager
Did you know that HMC had a yacht? Well, we actually had five at the 6th Annual PSOMAS Paper Yacht Challenge. Our LA studio participated in the event for the third straight year, this year benefiting Metro Charter Elementary. Five yachts sailed under the HMC flag with the help of generous donations from HMC’s Kirk Rose and Kate Diamond. The race was held at the City National Plaza Fountain across the street from the LA studio, and Rich Hall’s yacht, “Miami Vice,” took home second place for the fastest time across the fountain. Although the grand prize for fastest overall time eluded us yet again this year, we made our mark as a contender. Be sure to look for us at the next Paper Yacht Race at a fountain near you!
Racing underway at the City National Plaza Fountain.
July 8th, 2013
By Janice Endsley, Communications Manager
Last week, the Ontario studio hosted our first Crop Co-Op Farmer’s Market, engaging colleagues to bring in excess produce from their home gardens to “sell” to each other. A total of 55 lbs of produce was brought in, including the lettuce and radishes we harvested from the HMC garden on the premises.
There were tomatoes, zucchinis, apples, plums, lemons, corn, lettuce, radishes, herbs, squash, cucumbers—all donated from our home gardens! A total of $131 was collected from staff donations, which will be matched by the HMC Designing Futures Foundation and donated to Inland Valley Hope Partners, a not for profit organization that ensures the empowerment of people in need by providing food, shelter and supportive services.
The Crop Co-Op Farmer’s Market will be “open” on Thursdays, can’t wait to see what else our gardeners bring in this summer!
May 23rd, 2013
Lee Salin, AIA, managing principal of HMC’s San Jose studio, serves as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council—this is his second term in this role. Lee has participated in the advocacy efforts of the Council for the last eight years through the Advocacy Advisory Committee and other Council committees.
He recently published the article “The Legislative Voice of the AIACC” in the Council’s May newsletter. In the article he writes, “The legislative process is exceedingly complex. How can we as architects be informed about all of these potential benefits or risks to our profession, our businesses, our communities, and our environment?
We can’t, at least not individually. Collectively though, we can be informed – and not just to be aware – we can even have an influence in the outcomes of these bills. This is the role of the AIA California Council’s Legislative Affairs program, under the direction of Mark Christian, Hon AIACC.”
December 19th, 2012
By Kaysha Bucher
“Giving is what fuels us. Giving is our future.”
–Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver TOMS
Having fun while helping others inspired several of us at HMC LA who were able to attend Steelcase’s holiday party, which was hosted at their Santa Monica showroom.
Steelcase, a company with an award winning corporate social responsibility program, used the “Style Your Sole” event to not only connect with their clients, but also to make a positive impact. The event was hosted in partnership with TOMS Shoes, where guests were invited to pre-order a pair of Tiny TOMS shoes to be decorated at the event, alongside their kids and a TOMS shoe design artist—yes, this job really exists and is as amazing as it sounds! Each pair was transformed into a one-of-a-kind, creative, and functional mini work of art.
December 18th, 2012
July 6th, 2012
By Yunnan Allen, Project Leader
Can architects design boats? Our LA studio sure can—last week we participated in the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge, which benefited Para Los Niños. Nine yachts sailed under the HMC flag with the help of generous donations from HMC marketing, Chris Taylor, Kirk Rose, Kate Diamond, Mikaela Klein, Becky Tanouye, Scott Plante, Stacey Hooper, and Adrienne Luce. The race was held at the City National Plaza Fountain across the street from the office, and Goldy Lee’s yacht, “Ness,” took home first place for Best Yacht Design. Although the grand prize for fastest overall time eluded us yet again this year, we had three yachts take first place in their respective heats. Be sure to take a look at all our architecture-inspired, 100% recycled paper yachts.
Goldy Lee’s yacht, “Ness,” received the top design honor
The race course at City National Plaza Fountain