First Friday: HOK

The global architecture, engineering, and planning firm opens the doors to its Midtown Manhattan office.

May 5, 2023
6:00 p.m.

HOK | LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, New York, NY, expected completion 2023. Image credit: Jeff Goldblum/Esto. Image courtesy LGP

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

This season’s events feature practices navigating the legacies and possibilities of American infrastructure, from ecological systems and transit hubs to community facilities and social networks.

HOK was founded in 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighteen years later, it opened its first New York studio. Today, the global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm has over 1,600 employees who collaborate across a network of 26 offices on three continents. In the words of the firm, “our designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination, and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.”

Completed projects include: 

  • Laguardia Terminal B, a new terminal for the New York City airport that features an 850,000-square-foot arrivals and departures hall 
  • LG North American Headquarters, a 350,000-square-foot building that preserves the integrity of the site’s existing woodlands and wetlands 
  • NYC 2100, a study that explores equitable, resilient design strategies for how New York City—and other high-density coastal cities—can adapt to climate change.

Current and upcoming projects include: 

  • O’Hare Terminal 5, a 300,000-square-foot expansion of the Chicago airport
  • Centre Block, the preservation, restoration, and modernization of one of the most iconic structures of Canada’s Parliamentary campus
  • CITYPARK, a mixed-use stadium district for St. Louis’s new Major League Soccer franchise.


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