November 11, 2014

Hilda Espinal’s goal, as HKS’ vice president and chief technology officer, is to be at the forefront of technology by leveraging the integration of innovative digital tools and processes to deliver unique buildings of high value to our clients and communities. 

Espinal is HKS’ leader for the vision, application and integration of digital technologies firm-wide. Her role: translating business, technical, design and delivery challenges into innovation opportunities, solutions, education and development of best practices via our diverse portfolio of design applications. Her 18 years of vast experience in acquisitions and mergers drive her ability to champion HKS’ one-firm, worldwide strategy. 

“We hired Hilda due to her experience in bringing big-picture strategy to HKS,” explains Dan Noble, president and CEO, HKS, Inc. “HKS has always been a leader in technology, but it’s good to constantly review our systems, enabling us to continually move to the next level. She also will allow us to connect the dots, looking at our architectural applications, from BIM to Rhino to SketchUp.  Our goal is to better understand the tools and technology available to us as architects, and use them more efficiently and effectively to produce top-notch work.” 

Espinal holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and Project Management degree from DePaul University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Building Technologies degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

She is a registered architect in Illinois. In addition, she is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED BD+C-accredited professional and a construction documents technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute, as well as a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and Novell administrator. 

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. 

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