HMC Architects provides architectural planning, master planning, graphic design, and interior design services through offices in California, Nevada, and Arizona. The company also works on international projects mostly in Asia and South America. HMC specializes in institutional projects, designing education, health care, and government facilities for public and private clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mt. San Antonio College, and California State University. The company was founded in 1940 by Jay Harnish. Harnish was later joined by Jack Causey and Mel Morgan. The firm became HMC Architects in 1978. The firm is now employee-owned.
HMC is focused on expanding services in key areas, including planning, design integration, research, and sustainable design. The firm was able to dodge the problems many architecture firms experienced when the housing bubble burst. The company, which typically doesn't design residential structures, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of a building. HMC recently launched ArchLab, an in-house building science studio that researches and develops architecture that aims to improve building performance and sustainability.
The company has been growing its geographic footprint and capabilities through acquisitions. In 2011 HMC acquired Beverly Prior Architects in San Francisco. That year HMC also purchased Phoenix-based Substance Design Consortium, a firm specializing high performance architecture for the health care, education, civic, and justice markets.
HMC has expanded its presence internationally and has opened offices in China and South America. The firm has worked on projects in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. – less