Robert Hibbard Joins HDR as Philadelphia Design Principal

Robert Hibbard
Robert Hibbard

Robert Hibbard, AIA, LEED AP, is the new design principal for HDR’s architecture practice in Philadelphia. Hibbard joins the global firm with more than 25 years of experience and a portfolio that spans diverse project types including work in the pharmaceutical, commercial office, and residential sectors. He also has a deep bench of design experience working with the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. government intelligence community.

In his new role, Hibbard will champion design excellence initiatives for the local office and region, helping to advance highly innovative, integrated and creative design solutions for clients in the health, science and civic sectors. It is a responsibility, he noted, that inspires his daily work and his career.

“I remain in awe of the entire process of architecture,” Hibbard said. “It is an intensely collaborative process, working alongside the design team and the client, often for years, that culminates in a transformation of place where people can work and live in a more productive and healthier environment that contributes to community and allows people to see the world a little differently than they had before. There is nothing more rewarding than when a project is nearing completion and you see the sense of wonder on people’s faces as they step into a building for the first time.”   

Elizabeth Mahon, AIA, managing principal of HDR’s Philadelphia architecture practice, says that Hibbard’s experience and passion bring an important design perspective to the firm’s clients and the city.

“Rob is the perfect fit for our design-focused regional practice,” she said. “He will be instrumental in merging that local perspective with the depth of resources we have as a global design firm. I am confident that he is the best choice to oversee our interdisciplinary practice that’s known for a collaborative culture and design excellence.”

“Philadelphia has a sophisticated design culture that has been in place since its founding by William Penn,” Hibbard added. “Although HDR’s architecture practice is relatively new to the city, I think our approach and commitment to design will thrive here. I look forward to working with our team to help establish HDR as part of this legacy and as one of the first names you think of when you think of design in Philadelphia.”

Most recently, Hibbard was senior project designer for Granum A/I. He has also worked for ASD and, for seven years, at KlingStubbins. He has served as guest juror and critic at numerous institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture; the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning; the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture; and the University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design.