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03: A New Kind of Architecture Firm

In this episode, Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA tells the story of the founding of HOK and highlights founders, Gyo Obata and George Kassabaum.

Kiku Obata, daughter of Gyo Obata, and President of Kiku Obata & Company, joins Patrick to share stories of her family and additional insight into her father.

Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:

  • Build a strong internal, cooperative culture
  • Make a commitment to innovation
  • Have a strong commitment to growth, even if it takes decades

To read along and see illustrations and personal photos that accompany this series, get Patrick’s book, Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm. You can buy the book at and find out more information at