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.

    • H3K Design Featured on BobVila.com
      H3K Design Featured on BobVila.com

      H3K Design was featured on BobVila.com in a great piece called "Make an Entrance: 10 Welcoming Front Door Paint Colors".

      Here's an excerpt from the article:

      "During the renovation of a Palm Springs mid-century house, design firm H3K chose a new door with a vintage vibe, then had it painted a cheerful blue. Surrounded by neutral architectural materials and vivid nature, the attention-grabbing turquoise door played a major role in the visual transformation."

      There aren't many people who know home improvement like Bob Vila, and Bob Vila likes H3K Design!

      Written on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 01:14
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