HKS’ Scott Hunter Elevated to Esteemed AIA College of Fellows

HKS’ Scott Hunter was elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2017 College of Fellows, one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member.

Out of a total AIA membership of more than 88,000, approximately 3 percent are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. The program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, president and CEO, HKS, Inc., said that he was “proud” of Hunter’s contributions, which have been done in “unique and impactful ways all over the world.”

Hunter, principal and director of HKS’ Pacific Region, leads a collaborative design practice that consistently succeeds in creating compelling, sustainably integrated architecture that is relevant to its context, users and culture. For the past 25 years, Hunter has been a design-centered practice leader, both in boutique firms and more extensively in large-scale corporate architecture settings. His design strategy emphasizes overall performance of the facilities through smart planning, design clarity and resource stewardship while delivering innovative and inspiring results.

Hunter was an early advocate for integrating sustainable design practices as fundamental into project design. On successive large-scale projects, he has integrated strategies like passive cooling, natural ventilation, green roofs and stormwater management systems, and he has integrated new building materials to enhance occupant comfort, incorporating many of these practices on the Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center in Los Angeles. Hunter has been an advocate for the adaptive reuse of historic structures, where intelligent interventions can revive aged structures and transform them into relevant modern facilities, including work on the 50 United Nations Plaza renovation in San Francisco. Hunter also has led large-scale teams in designing collegiate and professional sports venues — including the L.A. Rams Stadium at Hollywood Park — employing innovative sustainable strategies that offset the high-energy consumption of these facilities.

The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects and be of ever-increasing service to society. The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers.