Howard Hawkes

Howard’s passion for design and architecture started early with his father’s real estate business that included renovating and restoring Victorian homes. He not only learned the trade of construction and detailed finish work, but also fine-tuned his eye for design and composition of space and scale.

As part of his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional planning for the University of Southern California, Howard spent a semester studying the history and architecture of Los Angeles which exposed him the breadth of architectural styles across the LA basin. During his tenure at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transpiration Authority, he furthered his appreciation of LA architecture with involvement in projects that included the preservation of historic buildings.

After leaving Los Angeles to manage the family business, Howard was able to manage and direct multiple construction projects from design to completion. It was during this time Howard and Kevin purchased a mid-century home in Palm Springs. They both instantly fell in love with the clean lines and optimism mid-century architecture offered.

In 2006, H3K Design was born -- a design company that revisioned mid-century homes. Their first project in Racquet Club Estates was one of, if not the highest, priced Alexander ever sold in the neighborhood.

Over the past years, the company and list of projects has grown from condos to estate sized properties from Vista Las Palmas to Deepwell Estates to Rancho Mirage.

Howard’s philosophy on MCM architecture in the desert is to preserve the architecture of the building and provide modern day living convenience and space configuration - basically creating a 21st Century lifestyle in a 1950’s house.

Howard is currently a board member of the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization as well as a member of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, PS ModCom, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    • Palm Springs Home: Midcentury Melds Elements
      Palm Springs Home: Midcentury Melds Elements

      The mid-century home boasts signature Palm Springs style in a total (H3K Design) remodel of a structure built by the original Alexander Construction Company. All-white interiors complemented by pops of color reflect the modernized update of the renovation. Extra details such as a kitchen countertop that appears to be floating in space and a globe-shaped vent over the stove add character to the house. Original details of the 1958 home, including exposed beams, tongue and groove joints and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, pay homage to its historical connection to old Palm Springs architecture.

      by Dominique Fong, The Desert Sun
      July 17, 2014

      Written on Friday, 18 July 2014 19:43
    Read more H3K News