Inspiring Designs, Improving Life

Blogger: Steve Riojas, Director of Education, Science and Tech | San Francisco, CA, USA
July 13, 2012

When I was asked to lead HDR’s Science + Technology program last September, I was both excited and humbled by the assignment. We have an incredible assemblage of programming, planning and design talent—really high IQ people. A career ambition has been to always be surrounded by the brightest and best—my new assignment certainly meets that criteria.

We do work that matters; work that promotes improvements to, and extension of, life. Work that enhances and sustains the natural and built environment. Work that leaves a lasting and positive impression for generations that follow.

The breadth and depth of our thought leadership is no better represented than in the roster of speaking engagements coming this Fall. Each of our presenters is contributing to making the world a better place in their own way; sharing knowledge and advancing the built environment for generations to come.

  • Allison Arnone showing us how design is successfully creating workplaces that integrate the requirements of global connectivity, mobile workers, and a productive work/life balance.
  • Chuck Cassell sharing specific examples of how to think outside traditional boundaries to find district-wide integration of program, systems, and design.
  • Mark Fitzgerald describing the difference between human and animal health threats in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
  • June Hanley identifying and explaining major developments that are redefining requirements for medical education facilities.
  • Mike Mottet outlining design and operational principles of an animal facility that specializes in supporting the treatment and care of trauma victims.
  • Dan Rew profiling the impact that "going flexible" or "going focused" has on operating cost and space allocation in facilities for energy-related research, life science, and technology.
  • Gary Nagamori illustrating how local governments can partner with universities to achieve positive economic growth.

For more details about these presentations, go to

From laboratories that accommodate basic physical science research exploring the origins of the universe, to translational health science facilities accelerating the promises of personalized medicine, we partner with our clients in discoveries that change the world. Working in an increasingly global, interconnected marketplace, it’s our responsibility as architects, planners and building engineers to respond—inspiring designs, improving life

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Reader Comments (2)

"really high IQ people. A career ambition has been to always be surrounded by the brightest and best—my new assignment certainly meets that criteria." - Are you kidding?! In 2012 you still reason in terms of exclusion of the arguably less intelligent? in the selection of the arguably "best"? You are far less smart than you claim to be, as you do not seem to realize that Hitler is just one step away...

Hey Bruno, thanks for the comment. Our intent was to praise the staff we have; no exclusion intended. The first year curriculum of architecture or engineering majors takes care of that for us!

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