Speaker Highlight: Julie Hiromoto

Julie Hiromoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA | Vice President, HKS

Living Future unConference Session: (Thursday, May 18 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm & 3:45pm – 4:45pm) The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion: Part 1 & 2

Can you introduce yourself to the Living Future Community?

Hello Living Futurists! I’m an architect in NYC with HKS. My job description says I’m a Project Manager, but my passions are further reaching than just making sure our team is firing on all cylinders and our clients get what they need, when they need it. I’m committed to diversity and inclusion, high-performance design, integrated and whole systems thinking, research and innovation, and teamwork! I’m also a Living Future Ambassador Presenter and a Living Future Accredited Professional.

What drives you to do the work that you do?

Balancing design excellence with technical expertise and social equity will be key to building a future we can all be proud of. Every day I’m learning new things that inspire and drive me to approach my work with passion and commitment.

Tell us about your session at Living Future? Why should people attend and what can they expect to take away?

It takes a village. A developer, engineer, designer, or architect alone cannot tackle the challenges we face today. Even within our own offices, creative and impactful design requires a team of people. How do we value these teams, relationships, and the communication that must flow between us all to achieve success? How do we define our vision for the future of our business, organization, or team? We’ll talk about challenges, resources, and what you can do today to promote a more diverse and inclusive work community.

Can you provide any words of wisdom for someone looking to get more involved in green building?

We all must start somewhere – pick something and show up. There is so much to learn and many ways to make an impact. Whether that’s through information sharing, advocacy, or collaboration in developing knowledge or tools. Pick a worthy cause and jump in. Be present, engaged, and indispensable.

What draws you to attend Living Future unConference?

Relationships and new information. LF is a unique event – small enough to meet new people and develop meaningful relationships, while still catching up with old friends. The content is also excellent. This is where I come to learn about cutting edge technology, new trends, and design strategies with the biggest impact.

Are you working on any exciting projects that you want to share with LF17 attendees?

The HKS Urban Design Studio is excited about the work we are doing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. This 86-acre masterplan re-envisions an existing asphalt surface lot surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Ballpark into a vibrant, mixed-use, entertainment destination. The City, our client, is committed to socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development that also prioritizes wellness. St. Petersburg is a 3-STAR Certified Community and the project is also part of the WELL Community working group, helping to author this new certification standard that will be released for pilot in 2017.