Holst Promotes Cory Hawbecker to Principal

Holst Promotes Cory Hawbecker to Principal

Holst announces the promotion of Senior Associate Cory Hawbecker, RA, LEED AP, CPHC—architect, leader, and longtime proponent of sustainable design—to Principal. Cory joins Kim Wilson, Kevin Valk, Dave Otte, and Renée Strand as Principals to share responsibility for the Holst's direction, overall performance, and fulfillment of our core values.

Since joining Holst in 2005, Cory has been a key contributor to many of Holst’s most recognized and technically challenging projects, including One North, Bud Clark Commons, and the Ziba Headquarters. Cory excels at building relationships with clients, builders, and consultants to achieve the best possible solutions to difficult technical and design problems. As Sustainability Director, he advocates for sustainable building practices.

Cory is completely dedicated to the excellence of anything he works on and has very high expectations for himself and his projects. He is always striving to do more and to improve, and he has a remarkable amount of care for everyone with whom he works. Cory leads without dominating, and he puts the success of others before his own. I always want Cory on my team.

--Dave Otte, Owner / Principal

Cory served as project architect for the Karuna House, the first building in the world to achieve the trifecta of MINERGIE-P-ECO, Passive House PHIUS+, and LEED Platinum certifications. He is currently a consultant on the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law campus project in the Kingdom of Bhutan, where Holst is now designing the new Law Library building. On this new campus, the clients desire to incorporate high-performance building strategies to improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort as a case study for future buildings in the Himalayan country. His other recent projects currently under construction include the new addiction treatment center for De Paul Treatment Centers and mixed-use affordable housing development Halsey 106.

Cory is passionate about sustainable architecture and has a special interest in the architect’s role in combating climate change, the building envelope’s role in occupant comfort, how the design process can adapt to improve efficiency, and the importance of architectural detailing to the beauty, performance, and durability of buildings. His extensive knowledge of alternative energy technologies, material sourcing, and methods to optimize energy performance is invaluable to our clients and to our design teams. Cory is sought after for his sustainable design expertise and frequently lectures in Portland and the Pacific NW.

Please join us in congratulating Cory!

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