August 12th, 2010
By Evan Troxel, Reposted from Method
Designers: Robert Mosakowski // Evan Troxel, HMC Architects
After a recent meeting with Loma Linda University Medical Center, we were tasked with creating a branded environment for a fund raising event to promote PossAbilities Square. They wanted to use their grand opening ceremony for their new physical rehabilitation department as an opportunity to introduce the final build-out of their program, which is going to be used as the next step after rehabilitation—practice for the real world. PossAbilities Square bridges the gap between traditional physical therapy and the real world by putting patients in real-world scenarios before they get out into the public. The space would contain situations and obstacles like ramps, stairs, cars, buses, ATMs, and grocery aisles to give patients an opportunity to practice before going out and getting on the world’s stage.
Architectural design isn’t always about buildings. Sometimes, it goes beyond.
August 5th, 2010
It’s not news that current economic conditions have left California’s state budgets in limbo. Among the hardest hit by budget cuts has been the state’s education system, forcing school districts—from administrators to teachers to students—to be more creative with their resources. The uncertainties of the state budget and global bond markets have left many districts concerned about the future success of their school. John Nichols, HMC’s Pre-K-12 Practice Leader, has written an industry paper exploring some of these concerns, and what districts can be doing to make the most of a challenging situation.
Read the full report here: Top District Concerns of 2010
Master planning and the future survival of public education
July 29th, 2010
Yunnan Allen, a designer from our Los Angeles studio, was one of two annual winners of HMC’s internal [X]ref Travel Fellowship. The program and annual competition for HMC employees, was established to expose individuals to experiences that connect them to a wider span of influence, with the hope that these experiences will result in personal growth and creative renewal that is reflected into all aspects of their lives. Each winner receives an extra week of paid time off and a $4,000 travel stipend to use to go anywhere in the world. For her journey, Yunnan proposed a cultural exploration of the musical history of China. We’ve asked Yunnan to share her experience and how her travels have influenced her work at HMC.
A cultural juxtaposition between tradition and progress
July 20th, 2010
The San Diego studio of HMC Architects announces the promotion of Steven Prince to managing principal. Prince was formerly a principal in the firm’s Ontario, Calif., studio.
Promoting a collaborative, client-focused studio
July 9th, 2010
Working out of HMC’s Ontario, Calif., studio, Evan Troxel is a designer and mentor to others during work hours, a college professor after hours, and an instructional video blogger way after hours. Still perplexed as to when Evan finds time to sleep, we sat down to find out what amazing things he’s working on and how he fits it all into a day’s work.
Empowering architectural designers to do what they want most—be creative
Los Angeles Business Council honors two HMC-designed projects at annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards
July 1st, 2010
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) hosted the 40th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, recognizing the project teams responsible for the city’s highest regarded architecture. HMC Architects was proud to be honored with two awards.
Impacting the Community through Design
June 25th, 2010
Creating learning communities that foster engagement
June 22nd, 2010
What if we could help save the planet and money at the same time? The good news is we can. In fact, the bottom line is an improved planet, and well… an improved bottom line. The ninth annual Higher Education Sustainability Conference, taking place this week at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LACCD), is exploring the ways in which we can implement social, environmental, and economic sustainability on California higher education campuses statewide, while preparing students for green collar jobs. HMC is proud to be a Community Sponsor of the 3-day conference. Visit our booth to learn more about how green design can change the world.
For a complete schedule, visit http://2010higheredsustainabilityconference.org/program/program.php
Green design can change the world
June 21st, 2010
We think so. And so does Architectural Record magazine, who is having a Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest to prove that sketching still matters. HMC’s Ontario and Los Angeles offices participated in the spontaneous sketching contest. Each sketcher entered up to 6 sketches that explain or workout a concept, which will be judged by Architectural Record editors. Winners will be published in the August 2010 issue.