New York (Vocus) January 29, 2007
In recognition of his 45-year commitment to design excellence and sustainable design leadership, HOK Chairman Bill Valentine, FAIA, LEED® AP, accepted the "Legend" Award at the 28th Annual Interiors Awards, hosted by Contract magazine January 26 in New York City. Presented annually since 2002, the Legend honor recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements have contributed in some significant way to improving the practice of commercial interior design and architecture.
Valentine joined HOK in 1962 and is currently based in the firm's San Francisco office. A vocal advocate for sustainability within the firm and profession, Valentine actively promotes his definition of "good design" as a simple idea, elegantly executed and inspiring, with social significance and in harmony with the environment. His diverse, award-winning design portfolio includes projects representing the Corporate, Education, Justice, Aviation, and Science + Technology sectors.
"The Legend Award is a fitting tribute to a man who has had a profound positive impact on numerous clients, colleagues and the next generation of architects," says HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy.
Valentine's notable projects include the Biogen Idec Research and Development Campus in San Diego; Natural Science Building at the University of California, Irvine; Nortel Campus in Ottawa, Canada; Adobe Systems Inc. World Headquarters in San Jose; Levi's Plaza in San Francisco; Microsoft Augusta Site Campus in Redmond, Washington; Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco; Phoenix Municipal Courthouse; and King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
"Through Bill's ongoing commitment to excellence in commercial design, including his recent focus on sustainable building practices, he has raised the standards for the industry, and continues to set an important example for other design professionals to follow," says Jennifer Busch, editor in chief of Contract magazine.
Valentine earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he is a frequent speaker and author on sustainable design topics.
HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 25 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. HOK is committed to developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services.
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