HKS’ Marcia Ascanio, Scott Hunter and John Hutchings were 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.
“We are proud of these key HKS leaders, who are helping HKS and the entire profession reach new heights,” said Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, president and CEO, HKS, Inc. “Each has contributed in unique and impactful ways all over the world.”
Marcia Ascanio, associate principal with HKS’ quality management team, has raised the bar for the architectural industry through her leadership in delivering unparalleled technical proficiency, setting high standards in quality management and technical education, and developing emerging architects through instrumental mentorships worldwide.
Ascanio is a quality management expert. Her expertise and knowledge are creating the technical framework to advance the entire industry, including serving as senior quality management director on a first-time, three-dimensional roof for the L.A. Rams Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California; the massive, customized curvilinear curtainwall at MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada; and modernizing 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, California.
Ascanio also is one of the world’s leading architectural technical experts. She is an industry expert for building envelope cladding systems (e.g., masonry, plaster, roofing, precast, CMP and stone) and a noted vegetative roof expert. She is sought after to educate and develop curricula, as well as evaluate and issue opinions on new products and systems. In addition, Ascanio’s passion is mentoring. Every day, she is teaching a new generation of emerging architects across six continents. She develops skills for exceptional delivery of projects through one-on-one meetings and HKS-developed and AIA-approved technical seminars.
John Hutchings, principal with HKS’ sports and entertainment group, has led the creation of one of the world’s most acclaimed sports practices, delivering architecturally and environmentally significant multi-use facilities designed to be regionally appropriate and to revitalize cities globally.
Hutchings is dedicated to pushing the boundaries to create original facilities with groundbreaking and unique-to-the-industry features. With 30 years of his project leadership, the HKS Sports & Entertainment practice has achieved acclaim, ranked the second-largest sports practice in the world by BD World Architecture’s top 100 and No. 2 in the United States among top sports sector architectural firms in Building Design+Construction magazine’s 2016 Giants 300 Report.
His work reinvents the norm for sports facilities and inspires others to follow suit, as evidenced by the revolutionary, first-of-its-kind roof designs at Miller Park in Milwaukee and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis; the imaginative re-engineering that overwhelmingly improved the experience for Chicago White Sox fans; and the sensitivity provided to each site with appropriately scaled facilities that blend into communities while revitalizing their cities, including the recently opened U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Scott 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. Over 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.