Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Eagle has Landed


It has been an eventful month of December for me. I have left SOM and have joined HOK in New York as a Senior Associate. Who is HOK?...

HOK is a global provider of planning, design and delivery solutions for the built environment. Since the firm's founding in 1955, HOK has developed into one of the world's largest, most diverse and respected design practices. We employ more than 2,000 professionals linked across a global network of 23 offices on three continents. Industry surveys consistently rank HOK among the leading firms in numerous building types, specialties and regions, and we have earned many awards and honors for our projects, people and practice.
Our New York office has also been ranked #13 "Best Places to Work" in Crain's New York Business! Read the profile - watch the video.

I will be working on buildingSMART initiatives throughout the firm and will be sharing some of my stories with you here on my blog. One of the many aspects which drew me to the firm is their appreciation of social media. Take a look at the HOKLife blog as well as the HOKNetwork YouTube channel for an informal peek into the company culture.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a healthy, prosperous New Year!

JV

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Disturbance in the Force

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For over 10 years I have enjoyed many fruitful and fun experiences at SOM, but the time has come for me to depart the firm and take on a new opportunity.  I can’t explain in one blog post the full breadth of my appreciation for the talented people I have befriended and excellent designs with which I have been privileged to be associated.

My transition will take place quite soon, primarily because of a coincidental project deadline.  I cannot reveal my destination at this time, but stay tuned for an announcement early next week.