AIA Elevates Two HKS Architects to the College of Fellows in 2021
Elevation to the AIA College of Fellows is one of the highest honors an architect can attain, recognizing both personal achievements and contributions to society. In 2021, two HKS Principals joined this esteemed assembly. Julie Hiromoto, FAIA, and Thom Greving, FAIA, are members of the Dallas and Iowa chapters, respectively.
Julie Hiromoto harnesses architecture’s power as a positive force to heal seemingly intractable social challenges. In her work across the profession, she creates a more environmentally and socially sustainable and evidence-based practice. Through her work as Chair of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment, or COTE®, she empowers practitioners to realize a resilient future, together. Julie is a catalyst for positive change, instilling an urgency to take action in our communities. A Principal and the Director of Integration at HKS, Julie’s approach aligns business needs, cultural context, and design excellence. She amplifies her knowledge by sharing it freely, through activism and leadership.
A Principal and Design Director at HKS, Thom Greving’s research-integrated design methodology is rooted in empathy. He creates positive change by solving community problems, not merely shaping buildings. This mindset is fueled by his focus on the people who use the places he designs; cultivating empathy is foundational to who he is personally and professionally. Most recently, Thom’s outcome-driven and research-based design process has transformed how student residences and communities are designed; focusing on human health and wellness to realize UC San Diego’s performance and sustainability goals.