Howard Hawkes

Howard’s passion for design and architecture began in childhood through his father’s real estate business, which 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 at the University of Southern California, Howard spent a semester studying the history and architecture of Los Angeles, which exposed him to the breadth of architectural styles across the LA basin. During his tenure at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he furthered his appreciation of significant architecture through his 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 that Howard and Kevin purchased a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs. They both instantly fell in love with the clean lines and optimism of this architectural style.

In 2006, H3K Design was born – a design company that re-imagines mid-century modern homes. Their first project in Racquet Club Estates is one of the highest–priced Alexanders ever sold in the neighborhood.

The company’s portfolio of projects includes everything from condominiums to estate-sized properties all across the Coachella Valley, from Vista Las Palmas to Deepwell Estates to Rancho Mirage.

Howard’s philosophy on MCM architecture in the desert is to preserve the structure of the building while providing modern-day convenience and space utilization to create a 21st Century lifestyle in a 1950’s house.

Howard currently serves on the board of the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization, and is a member of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    • Desert Sun: "Former Don the Beachcomber home being re-envisioned"
      Desert Sun: "Former Don the Beachcomber home being re-envisioned"

      The sprawling, mid-century modern complex at 140 Via Lola in Palm Springs is in the throes of a renaissance.

      The property includes a long, rectangular, glass-facade building that faces Palm Canyon Drive and houses four — soon to be five — businesses and a handful of vacation rental apartments on the second floor, above the retail/restaurant level.

      Behind the building, extending west on Via Lola, is a sparkling swimming pool and more apartment units — 38 in all.

      The street-facing building — former home of Don the Beachcomber, one of the many Polynesian-style dining establishments opened by Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, known as the founding father of tiki restaurants, bars and nightclubs — is being re-imagined by the owners of Palm Springs-based H3K Design.

      Written on Monday, 29 September 2014 22:23
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