The work and methodologies of HK Associates, run by Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture Michael Kothke and partner Kathy Hancox, were recently featured in Western Art & Architecture and ArchDaily.
“Rendering: Immersive Architecture,” published in Western Art & Architecture’s August/September 2021 issue, discusses the firm’s immersive projects. “[T]heir hands-on immersion in every facet of their architectural practice—from answering the phones to the finished project—is exactly what they want,” says the article.
Sharing how they met and their architectural work both apart and together, the article then focuses on the projects created together as HK Associates, including custom residences Barrio House, Canyon House and Ventana House.
“We have a very holistic design point of view,” says Hancox in the article. “For us to really heighten the experience of a site, we also have our hands in the interiors and the landscaping. We like to design everything for the full immersion experience.”
Both articles feature the Ventana House, a project HK Associates completed in the Catalina Mountains in 2020. Both articles feature images of this unique desert home, addressing the HK design strategy.
“Nestled at the base of the Catalina mountains adjacent to a protected peak, the Ventana House is a window on the desert,” notes the project feature, which is curated by Paula Pintos for ArchDaily. “The two-story dwelling rises from its mountainside setting like a geological outcropping, a rugged exterior form shaped from within by openings that afford panoramic views.”
The feature closes with a stunning gallery of images of the completed, award-winning project.
Kothke, who joined CAPLA in 2006, is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience as a designer and project-architect. He has contributed to award winning projects for architectural firms in Canada and the United States, including the offices of Patkau Architects, Peter Cardew Architects, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Rick Joy Architects. Michael has also been an advocate for sustainable design, working with private development firms in Tucson to implement green building practices and deliver sustainable residential infill solutions to Southern Arizona.