Orr to Lead San Francisco Architecture Office

 Welcome new managing principal Michael Orr, AIA, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, to the San Francisco office. Michael joins HDR with a strategic goal of “growing the portfolio of work in the San Francisco market and advancing the firm’s design.”

“My mission is to build a strong local culture of collaboration and creativity in the design studio to support HDR’s values. I want to develop strong teams with diverse areas of expertise who can continue to deliver inspiring design solutions for our clients,” says Michael.
Michael’s multi-faceted background includes a variety of roles, as an architect, management consultant and leader. He initially worked as an architect at two international design firms, followed by a position at a healthcare management consulting firm. He was most recently a director at a non-profit organization that serves the design and construction industries. He has been active in the AIA and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and he served as a volunteer for the NAPA County Landmarks where he advised clients on design strategies to repair buildings following a 2014 earthquake. Michael sees his most significant accomplishments as: using BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) to complete a greenfield hospital—a project he saw evolve from the design sketches through construction, and earning his MBA from
Emory University.
An aspiring architect from the age of 10, Michael was running blueprints in an architecture office by age 16 and proceeded to teach himself AutoCAD during one high school summer. Fast forward to 2015. Now a vice president and new managing principal in the San Francisco office, Michael has realized many of his goals and aspirations. But that doesn’t mean he will ever stop doing what he’s always done—challenging himself to do more and do it better—at warp speed.
Michael looks upon his new role as the next challenge in his career and he shares his enthusiasm for what lies ahead. ”I love working with this diverse group of talented and committed individuals who are passionate about design,” he says. “Our first priority must always be to solve the needs of the client, bringing sharp and fresh ideas to the table. Nothing makes me happier than walking into our conference rooms and seeing the white boards filled with sketches and design ideas.”