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Lessons from HOK’s Founder: Building a Successful and Sustainable Architecture Firm

AIA CES program ID: GMG.0002

Approved LUs: .25 LU|Elective

Prerequisites: None

Program level: Entry

Advance learner preparation: None

Join us for this episode of “Build Smart” as we sit down with Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, former CEO of HOK, and current Chairman and CEO of HOK, Bill Hellmuth, as they delve into the origin story of HOK’s founder, George Hellmuth, and his principles for creating a depression-proof architecture firm. With over 50 years of experience in the industry leading major projects in architecture, engineering, and urban design across the globe, Patrick shares George’s origin story and his approach to the architecture profession, including his principles for a depression-proof firm. Bill provides additional insight on George’s principles and how they apply today. Throughout the episode, Listeners will learn how to attract and retain talented people, provide full-time marketing, diversify project building type, geography, and services, and specialize the leadership of the firm.  Whether you’re an aspiring architect or a business leader, this episode offers invaluable insights into the architecture industry from two true industry experts. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze the principles of George Hellmuth for creating a depression-proof architecture firm and how they can be applied to the modern architecture industry.
  2. Evaluate the importance of attracting and retaining talented people in the architecture industry, and how this can contribute to the success of a firm.
  3. Assess the benefits of providing full-time marketing in the architecture industry, and how it can help firms to diversify their project building type, geography, and services.
  4. Compare and contrast the benefits of specializing the leadership of a firm versus maintaining a more generalized approach, and how this can impact the success of a firm in the architecture industry.

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