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Hickok Cole Welcomes New Director of Interiors Mike Johnson II

Mike Johnson II brings local roots and a corporate focus to the Hickok Cole interiors team.

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Mike Johnson II, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, NOMA to our senior leadership team. Mike joins fellow Associate Principal and Director of Interiors Melissa Brewer, NCIDQ, IIDA to oversee sector operations and guide corporate strategy to expand our interiors practice in DC and beyond.

“Mike’s commitment to DC, his grassroots leadership approach, and natural mentorship align perfectly with our firm values. We are fortunate to have found someone with such robust knowledge and appreciation of our city to support the organizations who call it home,” says Melissa. “I feel confident that our combined experience provides an ideal platform to realize our team’s vision, further collaborate with our architecture and creative sectors, and fortify long-term client relationships in the commercial interiors industry.”

Mike joins us with over two decades of experience in the architecture and design industry and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Howard University. His body of work is comprised of high-end corporate interiors, base building repositioning, healthcare, and higher education projects. A studio leader at his previous firm, Mike has an impressive track record in delivering successful and thoughtful designs while consistently procuring strategic new business opportunities. Mike is a licensed architect and interior designer, LEED AP certified, and a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). He is a long-time member and leader of IIDA, serving as President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter in 2020 and was recently elected to serve as Vice President on the International Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term.

“As a Washington, DC-native, I’ve challenged myself to proactively seek opportunities to positively influence the city’s architecture and design community. I found that same ideal – and a genuine appreciation of history, culture, and people – embedded in Hickok Cole’s identity and reflected in its portfolio,” says Mike. “I take pride in contributing to our city’s evolution and look forward to partnering with Melissa to steer this group of talented design professionals as we establish the next chapter of workplace design.”

In his new position, Mike will be responsible for strengthening our roster of forward-focused partners within the brokerage community, working with Melissa to manage the daily operations of our interiors practice, and collaborating with the broader leadership team to pursue our mission of doing work that matters to our team, clients, and community.

Introducing Our 2022 iLAB Winners

Our iLAB microgrant program exists to promote research and innovation by investing in our team’s passion and curiosity to inform our Design for What’s Next culture. More a creative outlet beyond project work, iLAB explorations have served as the spark behind some of our most forward-focused work, including the net zero energy renovation of American Geophysical Union’s headquarters and the mass timber addition at 80 M Street—both major milestones for us and our region.

After a short hiatus (thanks, COVID), we’re proud to say that iLAB is back and better than ever. This year’s applicants inspired us with renewed energy and a shared focus on work that matters across a variety of scales. And after our traditional all-staff vote, the people have spoken and selected two winning topics with the potential to change the way we look at what goes into our projects when it comes to materials and uses. Without further ado, we are thrilled to announce this year’s iLAB winners. We invite you to learn more about their research in their own words and follow along with us all year as they make progress towards their goals.

Ethical Manufacturing

In her iLAB, Emily Everhope will explore manufacturing standards in the interior design marketplace, with a particular focus on ethical and Fair Trade practices to uncover the standards and stories behind the products we use. Emily’s goal is to establish a methodology that empowers the design community to discern and uphold best practices in material manufacturing and selection.

We forget that people are part of the natural environment and the more that we can connect with that, the mores sustainable everything will be.

Emily Everhope, Interior Designer

Vertical Opportunities

Leveraging their research on building types, zoning, and program adjacencies, iLab teammates Katherine Dorsey and Jack Lynch seek to define the future of vertical mixed-use developments. Katherine and Jack plan to create two market-specific prototypes that apply strategies designed to consider all stakeholders and support adaptation and building resiliency as needs evolve.

It’s valuable to do this kind of work because it gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to pushing the firm forward and to feel a sense of ownership.

Katherine Dorsey, Project Architect

Want to learn more or get involved? Connect with our team of experts today.  

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.

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