HDR’s Washington, D.C. Office Welcomes New Higher Education Principal
John Knickmeyer, AIA, LEED AP, uses the word “utopian” to describe the potential for personal and intellectual growth on university and college projects, and “priceless” when he refers to the users’ active learning and living that go on after a project is completed. He is excited to take his enthusiasm to a new level by joining HDR as a higher education principal.
In his new role, he will serve as the primary point of connection with HDR’s clients – both present-day and future. He will lead the Washington D.C. office’s efforts to secure new commissions, as well as successfully deliver those that we have secured. Additionally, he will participate in the office leadership group, in which he will help to shape and implement our overall practice strategy.
“HDR’s portfolio has depth that is unrivaled in the industry due to its amazing quality of planning and design,” he says. “It will be extremely rewarding to help develop and implement a strategy that will move HDR toward a stronger local and regional presence within the broader higher education marketplace.”
The firm’s core values resonate with John, especially its “client for life” philosophy. Throughout his 30-year career, John has always taken personal responsibility for not only the quality of his projects, but for being his clients’ trusted partner in the design process, he says.
John has worked on various corporate, civic, governmental and educational project types. For the past half of his career, his primary focuses have been on a full range of award-winning academic, science laboratory, recreational, library, student life and residential projects. His understanding of campus master planning, programming, interactive learning environments, system integration and energy-conscious sustainable design helps his clients achieve their project goals and promote their educational missions, he says.
“John is a well-respected architect, practice leader and mentor, and he is a welcome addition to the office leadership team,” says Steve Manlove, managing principal of the Washington, D.C. architecture office. “His joining signals the start of a new chapter in the office as we broaden our reach in local/regional public, private and community higher education institutions.”
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