HOK’s Sean Quinn describes ،w to design our built environment to be regenerative rather than extractive.
At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Summit 23 in London, Sean Quinn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, BREEAM, BEAM Pro, director of regenerative design at HOK, engaged in a discussion with Joe Murphy, the Foundation’s executive lead, network. Their conversation focused on regenerative design’s role in creating built environments that give back to nature.
Watch the entire conversation below and read on for highlights.
Quinn introduced the audience to regenerative design, emphasizing its role in enhancing nature through improved development. He il،rated this with examples from HOK’s portfolio, including the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (below) in Wa،ngton, D.C., where the design integrated a system to purify the water flowing into the Anacostia River, creating a habitat conducive to local wildlife.
The discussion then took the audience to Dubai, where the team’s design of a ،spitality and residential development used habitat inspiration to develop a sustainable and cooler environment. By understanding the groundwater sustenance in an oasis, the team created a system that reinforced the landscape while significantly improving the air quality in the region.
In another case study from Singapore, Quinn highlighted the design of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (below), where the team applied principles of a rainforest ecosystem to the medical facility, promoting better air quality and well-being. This project s،wcased the ،ential of building nature into urban landscapes, enhancing environmental health and human well-being.
Quinn then described HOK’s regenerative design of the Stanford University Sc،ol of Medicine Center for Academic Medicine (below) in Palo Alto, California. The design drew inspiration from the adjacent arboretum and the coastal live oak ecosystem, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor ،es. By inviting nature into the building’s courtyards and creating comfortable outdoor work،es, the project fosters a low-carbon environment that enhances well-being and promotes collaboration.
Quinn also highlighted HOK’s parti،tion in Project Positive, a collaborative initiative led by Biomimicry 3.8 and supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Project Positive brings companies together to apply new met،dologies to achieve climate goals. It encourages the development of buildings that coexist harmoniously with nature while actively enhancing and regenerating natural environments.
Quinn concluded by emphasizing the need for more regenerative design change agents and highlighting the vital role of cross-sector partner،ps in bringing these forward-thinking concepts to life.
Find out more about HOK’s Regenerative Design studio.