Founded in 1940 with the purpose of anticipating community needs, HMC Architects aims to create designs that have a positive impact, now and into the future. We focus primarily on opportunities to have the most direct contribution to communities—through healthcare, education, and civic spaces. HMC has 315 employees and six offices throughout the state of California.

HMC is committed to creating safer, resilient learning environments and is engaged in an ongoing investigative research effort to better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and develop solutions for a safe return to PreK-12 and higher education schools. The firm recently released a COVID-19 Campus Reboot Guide for PreK-12 schools after consulting with clients from various school districts and county offices of education, conducting surveys with parents, and doing a deep dive literature review on building design and infectious disease transmission/prevention. Given the constantly changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, evolving knowledge about the disease,
and shifting directives from governmental agencies, it’s HMC’s hope that the guide offers some clarity for educators and parents of school children.

HMC designs for the human experience with an inherent desire to make a difference in our communities. In accordance with that mission, the firm founded the Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) in 2009 to deepen the firm’s commitment to giving back and build a better world. Over the past decade, the DFF has invested more than $1M in its communities with a focus on architecture and design, STEM and STEAM education, and sustainability. In 2020, the foundation launched a new HMC Million Meals initiative and donated $100,000 to nonprofits in the Feeding America and Share Our Strength / No Kid Hungry networks to help families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through HMC’s corporate giving, the DFF scholarship and social innovation grant programs, community partnerships, employee volunteerism, pro bono design services, in-kind donations, and responsible business practices, HMC is building a better world for future generations.

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