HDR Welcomes Thomas Knittel to Seattle’s Architecture Team

Thomas Knittel, HDR

Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB, has joined HDR as the new design principal for the firm’s Seattle architecture studio. Together with Managing Principal Duncan Griffin, AIA, he is responsible for the overall design direction of architecture projects.

Knittel most recently was a design partner at McLennan Design, which he started with his former colleagues from BNIM architecture firm. Prior to that, he was a senior principal of design for HOK.

Passionate about the intersection of architecture, sustainability and ecology as an engine for creativity, Knittel said he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to bring ideas to form and to mentor the next generation of architects. “HDR is emerging as a design leader, and is leveraging analytics to ask better questions and ways to solve them. I’m excited about computational tools and capabilities that challenge and supplement our intuition and experience,” he said.

Knittel is a frequent lecturer on design innovation and biomimicry, including giving the annual “Sustaining Our World” address in 2013 at the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and he is a certified biomimicry professional. A volunteer design leader for the LEED and WELL Platinum William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he also serves on the advisory board of the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University.

You can connect with Knittel by thomas.knittel [at] (email) or on LinkedIn.

HDR employs more than 300 architecture, engineering and related professionals in the Seattle metropolitan area, with two locations in Seattle and one in Bellevue.

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