Doug Hocking has more than 25 years of experience in architectural design. As design principal for KPF, he has worked on some of the firm's most respected and well-known projects. He has a reputation for attention to detail and craft, resulting in award-winning projects built throughout the world.
In New York City, Hocking has led several projects, including 505 Fifth Avenue, a project prominently sited overlooking one of the city's most treasured areas, Bryant Park and 27 Wooster Street in SoHo. Currently under construction in New York City, Hocking is at work on the resiliency and renewal program for the New York City Housing Authority Red Hook Houses located at 390 Madison Avenue and Two Waterline Square.
In Newark, New Jersey, Hocking led the design for the recently completed Prudential Tower, including exteriors, major public spaces, and amenities, and assisted with typical office floors.
Hocking is also active in Washington, DC, and Virginia. He was design principal and took the lead for the soon to be completed 1775 Tysons Boulevard — a mixed-use LEED Platinum project in Tysons Corner. He is currently working on several office towers in Washington as well as a mixed-use development in Rosslyn, Virginia.
Additional projects that benefited from Hocking's design leadership include 555 Mission Street, the first LEED Gold office building in San Francisco; and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston. Earlier in his career, Hocking was integral to the design team for the IBM World Headquarters in Armonk, New York. The project's innovative design interacts with its natural surroundings and has won several awards.
Hocking's international work includes projects in China, Qatar, Korea, and Japan. As design principal for Songdo Canal Walk in Korea, Hocking's aesthetic insights were instrumental to the LEED-certified residential project spanning five consecutive blocks along a man-made canal. In Japan, Hocking served as senior designer for Roppongi Hills, the largest private-sector urban redevelopment project in the country's history, and he was involved in the JR Central Towers and Nagoya Station project in Nagoya.
Hocking served on the Westchester County Planning Board and chaired the New Rochelle Planning Board from 2010–16. He also served as a mentor for the Posse Veterans Program, which identifies and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in pursuit of bachelor's degrees at top colleges and universities across the country.
Hocking's time at Cornell was highlighted by faculty, friendships, and opportunities unique to AAP.
"My Cornell experience was heavily influenced by the quality and impactful tutelage of my professors, Charles W. Pearman and John Sinclair Miller in particular," he says. A semester abroad at Cornell in Rome was a "transformative experience" spent bonding with classmates. Hocking says that living and working among Rome's historic and monumental architecture solidified his desire to be an architect, and that Palazzo Massimo, the former home of Cornell in Rome, was inspiring and unforgettable.
"The community I developed within AAP mainly stemmed from the bonds I formed with classmates and the overarching sense of camaraderie and support of one another. Working in the studio environment is important for learning, but for me, it was also a comfortable place to share ideas with classmates and find encouragement," says Hocking. "My first-year Dragon Day memorably marked this camaraderie as all the classes came together with a sole purpose — to build a dragon."