Hickok Cole is a 100-person collective of architects, project managers, interior designers, graphic/media designers, strategists and researchers, each contributing to our broad based design practice. Led by Sr. Principals Michael E. Hickok, FAIA and Yolanda Cole, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, it is also one of the most successful architectural firms in the Washington, DC region, experiencing steady growth over a period of thirty years.

We believe deeply in the connected power of collaboration—among ourselves, our consultants, and especially our clients. We believe good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone; historic precedents or modern cities; a veteran architect or a young intern. Our practice is structured to value broad input, which informs the firm’s design-centric culture, balanced by project management and propelled by research.

Hickok Cole has designed over 60 million square feet of corporate office buildings, multi-family housing and interiors in the years since its founding. Our portfolio demonstrates a commitment to context over style. As designers, we respond to each region, city and neighborhood’s unique characteristics and distinct opportunities. No two problems are the same and so no two solutions are alike. We consistently seek design strategies that are authentic and in resonance with our project’s time and place. Our inquisitive nature pervades each of our cross-collaborative project teams, formed from our core practice groups: commercial office, housing, commercial interior design, Lifestyle interiors, and our full-service branding and ad agency, Hickok Cole Creative.


  • Commercial Office Buildings
  • Building Renovations & Additions
  • Corporate, Institutional, Law Firm, Non-Profit & Government Interiors
  • High-Security Government Facilities
  • Multi-Family Housing & Interiors
  • Urban & Suburban Master Planning
  • Mixed-Use Developments
  • Brand Identity
  • Specialty Projects

Staff Profiles

Total Staff: 98
Senior Principals: 2
Principals: 5
Associate Principals: 7
Senior Associates: 21
Associates: 15
Registered Architects: 29
Certified Interior Designers: 11
Graphic Designers: 4
LEED Accredited Professionals: 21
Fitwel Ambassadors: 21
Certified Passive House Consultant: 1


Hickok Cole is a firm based on strong relationships. Over the years we have had the good fortune to work with great people from great companies, and to have developed long-term relationships. Over 70% of our work is with repeat clients, some of whom date back more than 25 years.