Kate Diamond Joins HDR

2015 is off to a bright start with the addition of Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP, as design principal in HDR's Los Angeles office. She brings a breadth of experience and talent to the firm through her civic portfolio, with projects that encompass: justice, federal, state and local government, K-12 through university, transportation and infrastructure, community building / commercial, residential and mixed-use, and planning and urban design.

"I am thrilled to join a team whose diverse skillset, depth of expertise and forward-thinking culture are unmatched in the industry," shares Kate. "HDR is doing some of the most innovative design in the industry today, from cutting-edge laboratories to meaningful civic facilities to their dynamic healthcare consulting practice—all while maintaining their tradition of responsive client service and strong delivery."

In her new role, Diamond will oversee design for civic, science + technology and academic projects, ensuring that design excellence guides our practice on the West Coast.  She will also recruit and maintain top talent, mentor teams and focus on career development within the Los Angeles office.

"We are excited to have Kate at the helm of our design practice in Los Angeles," shares Todd Tierney, AIA West Region Director of Operations. "Her enthusiasm and leadership will help us to expand our civic footprint in the region and bolster our commitment to elevate design as a key driver in our culture and thinking. She is committed to integrated design that values the best ideas from all team members in the service of delivering projects that exceed clients' goals," he adds.

Kate also looks forward to partnering with HDR's highly successful engineering practice to reinforce their delivery of sustainable and well-designed infrastructure. She believes that the addition of design thinking will help communities embrace the inevitable changes that growth and urban density bring and will help make new infrastructure projects more acceptable to their neighbors throughout the West Coast region.

Recognized as a true advocate for design in the LA architecture community, Kate is known by her peers as a dynamic and fluid team member committed to elevating the industry through her work and involvement. Among her many accomplishments, she has served on the National Peer Review Council for the GSA Design Excellence Program, instructed at the USC School of Architecture, and was the first woman president of the AIA LA Chapter.

Her award-winning and well-published portfolio includes the iconic LAX Air Traffic Control Tower, featured  in Architecture Magazine; the Orange County Water District Laboratory, winner of the 2010 best civic and best overall Southern California project by California Construction News; the LEED Gold Certified Magistrate Courthouse in Bakersfield, Calif., recipient of a 2014 GSA Design Citation and a 2012 AAJ Merit Award; the District Courthouse in Billings, Mont., a 2013 NDBIA Honor Award recipient; and a Design Excellence / Design Build Competition finalist for the District Courthouse of Los Angeles.