HOK's Pam Light Honored at Calibre Awards
- Category: Vision
- Published on June 19, 2014
- Written by Glenn Sparks
At a black-tie event celebrating the 2014 International Interior Design Association's Calibre Awards, Pam Light, senior vice president and interior design leader for HOK's Los Angeles office, earned the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award.
"As designers, we do this because we love our work," said Light. "Being honored by my peers, however, is very satisfying. It's also humbling because design is a team effort. I am accepting the award for all of the talented people I've worked with over the years."
The board of directors of the IIDA Southern California Chapter unanimously selected Light based on her "industry leadership, commitment to IIDA and long-term support of the Southern California design community." The Circle of Excellence honors an individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication to the interior design profession and to excellence in design, quality and innovation. The award recognizes leadership, mentoring of colleagues and an unwavering commitment to paving the way for the future.
A key member of HOK's Sustainability Task Force, Light has worked on some of the firm's most important projects, including the Symantec Corporate Headquarters in Culver City and the Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, both of which achieved LEED Gold certification. Current projects include the interior design for a new research facility for Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, the West Coast headquarters for Mindshare, a net-zero building for Golden Empire Transit Authority and new retail facilities for OneWest Bank. She is working on DirecTV's new engineering and creative media facility as well as a 300,000-square-foot entertainment co-location.
Light has helped guide HOK's interiors practice for more than 19 years. An active member of IIDA since 1982, she was elevated to IIDA's College of Fellows in 2002. She served as the association's president from 2006-2007.
Her dedication to life-enhancing design extends to pro-bono projects that include working with Dolores Mission School, part of the Homeboy program founded by Father Ted. She led HOK Product Design in the development of a new carpet collection with Shaw Carpeting that will result in royalty funding for ARZU, a philanthropic organization for women in Afghanistan.
Light has served on the board of directors of the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles. She is a frequent speaker on topics including sustainability, productivity, branding and the power of design.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. ENR California recently named HOK as design firm of the year, and for four consecutive years, DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design.
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