Kimberly Hickson, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the Houston studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will as principal. With over 25 years of diverse, cross-industry experience and a career of dedicated education and civic experience, Hickson will oversee and provide strategic leadership in the design, planning and delivery of projects in the higher education and civic studios.
“Kimberly’s expertise in sustainable practices has made her a well-respected industry leader in delivering cost-effective, long-term design solutions,” said Houston Managing Director Diana Davis, AIA, LEED AP. “Her innovative designs and effective management skills have earned her a reputation of professional excellence, and she will be a tremendous asset and resource for our clients.”
Demonstrating her variety of capabilities, Hickson has played a key role in projects ranging from libraries and academic facilities to nursing schools and metro terminals. Across the board, her work is particularly notable for its leading green design and emphasis on resilient design—an important element for facilities faced with the regularly occurring weather events in Houston.
“Perkins and Will’s commitment to quality work that is rooted in research-based design aligns perfectly with my personal design philosophy and dedication to promoting sustainability and resiliency,” said Hickson. “I’m excited to support the thriving Houston office and help expand the firm’s presence in the market.”
Hickson’s noteworthy portfolio of experience includes the Lewis & Clark State Office Building in Missouri, the first LEED Platinum state office building; the urban Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston; the Lamar University Science & Technology building, the school’s first new academic building in 20 years; the UTHealth School of Nursing and Student Community Center, the first large-scale green building in Houston and winner of the COTE Top Ten award; and the University of Houston-Victoria Student Center and Learning Commons.
In addition to her prominent contributions to Houston’s built environment, Hickson is actively involved in the community, serving on the Texas Society of Architects honor awards committee, as the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Southern Council communication chair, and on the Healing Circles Houston advisory board. She is also the past president of the Rice Design Alliance and a founding member of the Houston Land and Water Sustainability Forum (HLWSF). In recognition of her commitment to sustainability, she was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2010. Hickson earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and previously completed her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas and her bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design from Iowa State University.