Designing Futures Foundation
May 30th, 2013
By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and President HMC Designing Futures Foundation
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.
May 29th, 2013
By Karen Okamoto, Senior Administrative Manager
Today, 4th grade students from Curtner Elementary School visited our San Jose studio to learn about the similarities between the process of inventing an object and the design of a building. It all started a couple of months ago when HMC was invited to participate as judges at Curtner Elementary School’s first Inventor’s Fair; the top 10 winners of the fair were invited to visit our studio and learn about design and architecture firsthand. Our own Katia McClain and Marko Blagojevic gave a presentation to the students about a current project they are working on: the South Campus and Fitness Center at Evergreen College. They explained how through several iterations, the design concept evolved from glass beakers, abacus, and a 100m race into the design of buildings with slanted walls, windows following mathematical series, and horizontal lines in metal panels representing movement.
April 18th, 2013
Please join HMC Architects and ArchLab for a two-part sustainability workshop for kids (grades 2-5) that focuses on water and energy!
Saturday, April 20
10am to 12pm
3546 Concours Street
Ontario, CA 91764
Part 1: Water
The water workshop will include an interactive presentation about the importance of water conservation and water quality. Kids will build aquifers and then study how pollution affects our precious ground water resource.
Part 2: Energy
The energy workshop will answer the following questions: What is energy? Why do we need it? How can we conserve it? Kids will also learn how they can use the power of the sun to create energy and make yummy treats through a solar cooker experiment.
The workshops are modeled after a successful program that HMC’s ArchLab developed for SMMUSD’s McKinley Elementary School (thanks to a grant from our Designing Futures Foundation). Since then, the workshop has received the USGBC’s IMPACT! award, is being developed into a book, and will be provided as a workshop template on the USGBC’s website for other schools and entities to use.
The workshops are a great opportunity to help educate our future stewards of the environment. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Eera Babtiwale at email@example.com or 909-263-9909.
April 2nd, 2013
by Rita Saikali by Israel Peña
Follow our photo diary of Fremont High School’s career day visit to our Ontario studio.
1. Brian Staton welcomes students arriving from Fremont High School Academy of Engineering and Design Academy.
March 30th, 2013
By Charlie Payne
In early February I traveled to Detroit to embark on the first leg of a three-part Xref journey to study cities as living organisms in various stages of life, and the role that architecture plays in those stages. Detroit, of course, has fallen on extremely difficult times. It’s often regarded as one of the worst urban tragedies of the nation, perhaps one of the worst in the world, and thus the city was (originally) representative of the “death” of the city organism.
Michigan Grand Central Station, an iconic symbol of the Detroit’s grandiose past and troubled present.
February 19th, 2013
By Rita Saikali Carter and Israel Pena
Last month, we both met up with Gilbert Baez bright and early on a Friday morning at Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design in Pomona to lead the first in a series of workshops as part of an architecture education program that we had designed for high school students. Initially proposed as a Community Project in November 2011, our team received a $2,000 grant from the Designing Futures Foundation to support the creation of a program that would teach students about architecture and design, and inspire them to consider pursuing careers in these fields.
February 19th, 2013
By Marco Eacrett, Principal
An interview with Mark Roberson, Dean of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, about Cal Baptist University’s new architecture program.
Mark, tell me about your vision for the new architecture program at Cal Baptist.
The mission of the CBU architecture program is to develop architects who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities and who live biblically based, missional lives within the profession. This makes CBU Architecture truly unique in that we believe in encouraging students to use their creative talents to engage and inspire the world around them. We are committed to helping students understand how to be good stewards of both their talents and the resources it takes to make their creative visions become reality. We are excited about seeing a new generation of architects with a Christian foundation who are bold in their pursuit of artistic excellence and leadership. We believe in a practice-based approach that connects students directly with professionals throughout Southern California. This approach, combined with our extraordinary location, provides abundant opportunities for our students to not only get hands-on experience using architecture to address a wide variety of environmental and social challenges, but also to experience and explore a great number of architectural masterworks.
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.