Episode 432

Preparing for the Next Recession (Part 3) with Patrick MacLeamy

Nicole BallantyneSep 9, 2022

Today you’ll also hear from Patrick MacLeamy, the former CEO of HOK.

During his 50-year tenure at HOK, MacLeamy witnessed the firm’s growth from a single midwestern office to 27 locations across the globe offering architecture, interiors, engineering, planning and more.

MacLeamy joined HOK St. Louis in 1967, after which he helped establish the firm’s San Francisco outpost in 1970 – later becoming managing principal of that office. He joined HOK’s executive committee in 1995 and was named COO five years later. In 2003, HOK shareholders elected MacLeamy Chief Executive Officer.

He led the firm for 13 years. In 2016, MacLeamy chose a new CEO for HOK, remaining as Chairman for one more year before retiring —or as he likes to say, “repurposing.” 

MacLeamy is also the Chairman of buildingSMART International, which works to achieve open standards for the exchange of digital information in the building and infrastructure industries. He was a founding member of buildingSMART, in 1994.

In today’s episode, we discuss how your practice can prepare for the next recession. You’ll discover the 4 pillars of a successful firm, and more.

To learn more about Patrick, visit his

Website at: https://macleamy.com/

LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-macleamy/

Book at: https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Designing+a+World+Class+Architecture+Firm%3A+The+People%2C+Stories%2C+and+Strategies+Behind+HOK-p-9781119685432

Build Smart Podcast Series at: https://gablmedia.com/show/buildsmart/

Arthaus: https://casestudies.uli.org/deal-profile-arthaus/

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