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Workplace Interior Practice Positioned for Success with New Leadership

Hickok Cole Positions Workplace Interiors Practice for Continued Success with Appointment of New Leadership

Melissa Brewer joins Hickok Cole’s Amy Shavelson to lead the department in tandem.

WASHINGTON, DC – November 11, 2019 – Hickok Cole, an award-winning regional design and architecture firm, welcomed new Senior Associate and Co-Director of Interior Design, Melissa Brewer and announced the promotion of Amy Shavelson to Co-Director. The two will lead the firm’s workplace interior design practice in tandem.

Melissa Brewer joins Hickok Cole with more than 15 years of experience in corporate, multi-family and hospitality design. Hailing from California, she has spent most of her career in the Minneapolis office of Cuningham Group Architecture, where she was the primary interior designer and client contact for managing the interiors work on the Epic Systems 10,000 employee, 26+ building tech corporate campus. Additionally, she served as lead interior designer on hospitality, retail, education and corporate projects. Brewer relocated to DC last year as Interior Design Director at the DC office of BKV Group.

“We’re thrilled to have Melissa on board to embark on the next chapter of our workplace interiors practice,” said Michael E. Hickok, Principal and Co-Owner of Hickok Cole. “Her design insights and storied experience working on a range of high-caliber corporate projects will prove invaluable as we look towards 2020 and beyond. We are confident Melissa will propel the team towards continued success in implementing bold, user-based design.”

Amy Shavelson has over 15 years of experience in commercial interior design. She is accomplished in the execution, direction and management of all phases of commercial interior design, with experience encompassing a broad spectrum of market sectors including associations, technology, corporate, retail and health care. She has designed and managed commercial and interior design projects in the Washington, DC area, New York and in Baghdad. 

In her new role, Shavelson will continue to focus on broker and landlord relationships, as well as corporate and non-profit end users. Brewer will focus on corporate headquarter interiors and build-to-suit projects in collaboration with Hickok Cole’s commercial architecture practice. While both are experienced in all aspects of interior design projects from programming, visioning, design, management, detailing and construction administration, Brewer will lean towards design management and Shavelson will lean toward project management.

“We want to specifically recognize Amy’s leadership during these past few months, driving innovative business strategy while continuing to foster relationships and expand the firm’s network,” added Yolanda Cole, Principal and Co-Owner of Hickok Cole. “Amy’s excellent project management skills paired with Melissa’s affinity for conceptual design will serve us well as we continue to shape and build upon the practice. We look forward to the future of workplace design under their leadership.” 

About Hickok Cole
Hickok Cole is a forward-focused design practice connecting bold ideas, diverse expertise, and partners with vision to do work that matters. Informed by research and fueled by creative rigor, we look beyond today’s trends to help our clients embrace tomorrow’s opportunities. We’ve called DC home for more than 30 years, and are proud to have designed homes for some of the area’s leading organizations, including National Geographic, JLL, and the American Geophysical Union.

JOIN HICKOK COLE DESIGNERS AT DESIGNDC 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Hickok Cole’s Joel Onorato, Jason Wright, Holly Lennihan, and Guil Almeida were selected to participate in this year’s AIA DesignDC Conference in Washington, DC from September 16 through September 18, 2019. The premier regional conference theme, Charged Up, will focus on the unique challenges facing architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors and developers in the DC metro area with a range of panels covering emerging technologies, trends, and the intersection of sustainability and design.

Joel, Jason and Holly will speak on various panels throughout the conference on subjects including the circular economy, DC building code changes, sustainable retrofitting and net zero energy. Guil will lead a guided tour of the American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC’s first commercial office building to achieve net-zero energy. 

Is the Building World Ready for the Circular Economy?

Joel Onorato, Architect and Structural Engineer

Sept. 16, 2019 at 8:30-10:00 am
Materials require large amounts of energy and finite resources during production but normally end up in landfills after demolition. This presentation will cover why it is necessary to transition to the Circular Economy where waste, material consumption and environmental impact are minimized by keeping products and materials in use in order to drastically reduce this impact.

Upcoming Changes to the DC Building Code

Jason Wright, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal

Sept. 16, 2019 at 10:15-11:45 am
In response to the 2018 published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the 2017 District of Columbia Construction Codes, this discussion will focus on many of the key code changes that will impact design and construction in the District, including an overview of the 2017 DC Construction Code proposed changes and include a Q+A session. Jason joins Chris Campbell, PE from Arup on the panel.

Retrofitting Existing Buildings – DC’s Sustainability Guide for Existing and Historic Properties

Holly Lennihan, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design

Sept. 17, 2019 at 8:45-10:15 am
This session will provide an overview of the “Sustainability Guide for Existing and Historic Properties” intended to promote and facilitate green retrofits of existing older buildings in a manner that will improve their performance and energy-efficiency while also respecting their character. Holly joins Laura Huges from EHT Traceries, Sarah Vonesh, LEED and Melanie De Cola LEED on the panel.

Coming Up: Another Way of Getting to Net Zero

Holly Lennihan, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design

Sept. 17, 2019 at 2:15-3:45 pm
This panel of designers and ecologist will discuss the ecology of the District, the practices that contribute to the health of our habitat, how positive impact can be measured and case studies that illustrate methods for creating health urban habitats. Holly joins Joe Chambers, ASLA from Landscape Architecture Bureau, Damien Ossi from Department of Energy and the Environment and Dr. Robert McDonald from The Nature Conservancy on the panel.

Tour: The American Geophysical Union

Guil Almeida, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate and Project Designer

Sept. 18, 2019 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm
During this session, participants will tour and learn about The American Geophysical Union, the first-ever net zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in the District. The tour will highlight the unique systems installed in the building and the innovative blend of architecture and engineering.

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Arts on the Block Building Community Happy Hour

On March 20th, Hickok Cole hosted a Building Community happy hour to introduce the Arts on the Block studio design to our industry partners. The Arts on the Block (AOB) studio crew presented their works in progress, shared donor opportunities for the studio build out, and led a mosaic workshop for the event attendees. Our interior design team, led by Kirsten Lytle, illustrated the vision for the new studio design with renderings and a virtual reality experience so everyone could walk through the new mosaic studio.

Thank you to all our friends in attendance for your excitement to get involved, and to our engineering partners GPI Engineering for joining us on this project. We’ll be reaching out to new partners throughout the summer.

Please email us you’d like to learn more.

Special thanks to the many Full Circle Committee event volunteers, the Happy Hour Committee for donated beverages, and Pizzeria Paradiso for donated food. Hickok Cole and GPI Engineering are partnered with local arts education nonprofit Arts on the Block to design their future home in the Downtown Silver Spring Library. This new, highly visible location will expand art and design training to creative youth and create a community destination for art activities.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors:


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