HOK strengthens global workplace design and consulting capabilities

Global design, architecture and engineering firm HOK has made two new appointments to help strengthen its global workplace design and consulting capabilities.

The company has appointed Curtis Knapp and Kay Sargent as senior vice presidents with senior vice president Gordon Wright taking on a new role.

Knapp becomes HOK’s global consulting group which helps organisations align their real estate and facilities to support their workplace needs. Based in Dallas, he re-joins HOK from Micron Technology, where he was director of global real estate.

Kay Sargent and Wright are directors of HOK’s Strategic Accounts practice, which supports organisations undertaking multiple workplace projects in various locations. Sargent joins the firm from Lendlease; Wright previously led HOK’s consulting group.

Knapp returns to HOK from Micron Technology, where he was director of global real estate. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president and client relationship manager at JLL. From 1989-1999, Knapp was part of HOK’s consulting practice, where he led account relationships with several key clients. He is a member of CoreNet Global and a frequent speaker and author on topics related to strategic portfolio, occupancy and workplace planning.

With more than 30 years of experience, Sargent is a recognised expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimise their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments. Sargent previously served as director of workplace strategies for Lendlease. She has authored numerous articles and white papers, and spoken about workplace design at CoreNet, IFMA, Tradeline and other industry events.

About Gordon Wright
Based in San Francisco since joining HOK as director of consulting and senior vice president in 2012, Wright has served as principal-in-charge on several large-scale consulting projects that have improved the built environment and transformed the workplace experience for organisations. He brings 20 years of professional experience in consulting, design and real estate, and has held leadership roles at NELSON, Novartis and KPMG. He is a member of CoreNet Global and the Urban Land Institute.