October 28, 2013

William (Billy) Hinton was born in Tahlequah, Okla. As an adult, he aspired to stay involved in the Native American community that provided inspiration for his life’s work, architecture.

With HKS’s creation of WEHHKS, Hinton and his team are able to serve the Native American community with full-service architecture and interior design services. Hinton, a citizen of The Cherokee Nation (registry #40670) and an HKS principal with 23 years of experience in architecture, owns 51 percent of the new firm.

WEHHKS blends Native American culture with cutting-edge design and technology. “I work with a team of thinkers, designers and leaders who are responsive and understand that we are in a service business and that our vision is that of our clients,” said Hinton. “Every place has its own purpose, meaning and culture. Our work, designed on Indian-owned land, creates spaces that enhance the human experience.”

WEHHKS, Inc. will be the contracting architecture firm, with Hinton as the managing principal. WEHHKS is currently in the process of filing to become a TERO-certified company.

“We understand a building's position within the greater context,” he continued. “We recognize its impact on the immediate surroundings and the environment as a whole, and continually work to be responsible stewards of our neighborhoods and our planet.”

HKS has completed a number of Native American projects throughout the United States including the Ak Chin Casino Resort in Maricopa, Ariz.; Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the Tigua Recreation and Wellness Center in Socorro, Texas. The River Spirit Casino Resort expansion also is under design in Tulsa, Okla.

“The WEHHKS practice combines the strength of HKS’ 75 years of experience with a specialty practice focused exclusively on the Native American community,” said Ralph Hawkins, president and CEO of HKS, Inc. “We offer thorough, balanced, extraordinary design and technical expertise that translate into streamlined, on-time, within-budget projects.”

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine and the South Florida Business Journal.  Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries.  The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. 

To learn more view: www.wehhks.com. For more information, contact Billy Hinton at bhinton@hksinc.com or Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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