In 2019, HMC Architects’ social innovation teams, Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) board of directors, and staff throughout the firm worked together and helped the homeless, provided gifts, comfort and food to children, families, and foster youth in need, and raised money to battle childhood cancer, epilepsy, ALS, and MS. We advanced the fields of architecture and sustainability, expanded opportunities for disadvantaged youth including access to creativity and design education, and supported organizations that work to heal the planet and educate the next generation of environmental stewards.

HMC Social Innovation, Community Engagement and Volunteerism

HMC Social Innovation teams are a network of community champions throughout the firm who gave back significantly in 2019.

Los Angeles

  • Steelcase Baseline Table design competition to raise money for childhood cancer
  • MS Bike Ride
  • United Way Los Angeles HomeWalk
  • Habitat for Humanity Power Woman Power Tools
  • Gears for Kids
  • YWCA Stair Climb
  • Malibu High School Design and Construction Seminar
  • Herman Miller We Care event


  • Girls Garage site visit
  • LEAP Sandcastle competition


  • ACE Mentor Program Inland Empire
  • HomeAid Transitional Shelter
  • Hope Through Housing Teen Center pro bono design project
  • Inland Empire United Way Kids Pack
  • Cal Poly Pomona PIE Scholarship Recognition event
  • Inland Empire United Way Challenge for Children’s Gala
  • Promise Scholars business leader presentation, Central Language Academy
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Leah Lacher
  • City of Riverside Walk to End Homelessness
  • Bright Prospect Annual Gala
  • Promise Scholars event
  • HomeAid backpack drive
  • Full Bellies Warm Hearts event with Women’s Shelter San Bernardino
  • Inland Empire United Way School Tools
  • Walk to Defeat ALS
  • Wayfinder Family Services and Steven’s Hope for Children


  • Keli May Foundation fundraising walk
  • Homeless hygiene kits


  • Sac State Fun Run
  • IIDA Merge event
  • Fairfield School Playground donation to help repair a vandalized playground
  • LEAP Sandcastle competition
  • Herman Miller We Care event

San Diego

  • Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk 2019, Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego
  • The Ecology Center groundbreaking ceremony
  • Association for Learning Spaces regional conference in Denver, 3 students traveled to the event to present the work they created as part of the HMC San Diego Del Lago High School mentorship program.
  • Latino City Employees Fundraiser
  • Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build
  • Ronald McDonald House Tables for Tots
  • Cuyamaca College STEM Career Exploration & Education Conference
  • Latino City Employees Association Adopt-a-Family Drive
  • e3 Civic High School annual fundraiser

San Jose

  • Lam Research Heart & Soles Run
  • Sunnyvale Community Services backpack drive
  • LEAP Sandcastle competition
  • Grant Elementary School food distribution volunteer event

 All Offices

  • HomeAid Inland Empire, Essentials for Young Lives campaign
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Walk
  • Wayfinder Family Services and Steven’s Hope for Children
  • Latino Student Success Conference
  • Parkinson’s Moving Day

HMC Designing Futures Foundation Grants 2019

In addition to HMC’s community engagement, volunteer, and pro bono efforts, in 2019 the HMC DFF awarded a total of $116,102 in philanthropic grants to nonprofits. The DFF also celebrated its 10th anniversary and hit a major milestone of investing more than $1,000,000 in our communities since its inception.

The DFF’s community investments seek to support and align with the firm’s core values, competencies, and strategic goals and in 2019, we supported the following organizations:

A + D Museum (Los Angeles) to fund the creation and upkeep of a community reading room.

ACE Mentoring Inland Empire (Ontario) to provide scholarships for students who aspire to careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

Adanu (Ghana) to support the design and construction of playground and school garden at Mafi Adzokoe in Ghana.

Bridge to College (California) to support deserving community college students at Mt. SAC, East LA College, Palomar College, Diablo Valley College, Chabot College, and El Camino College who aspire to careers in architecture and design.

Bright Prospect (Ontario) to provide college access program support for students at Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design.

Countercurrent Art and the Plastic Pickup (California) to support the design and fabrication large-scale wave sculpture (Fore the Waves) from over 20,000 recovered golf balls from the bottom of the ocean.

Gardenworks for Kids (Ontario) to expand an established irrigation system to the 2-acre garden to conserve water.

Girls Garage (Oakland) to support the free after-school teen program, in which 9th-12th grade girls will design and build a 500 square-foot chicken coop for an urban farm.

Hope Through Housing (Ontario) to support the renovation of a learning center into a space for teens that encourages creativity, increases participation, and reinforces college or career readiness for resident youth.

LA-Más (Los Angeles) to support the completion of 10 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as part of the Backyard Homes Project, position the project as a model for a new ADU incentive program managed by the City of Los Angeles, and support the expansion of the program to the larger County of Los Angeles.

Latinas Art Foundation (Los Angeles) to support the Latinas Art Academy.

Leap Arts in Education (Bay Area) to support architecture residencies in K-8 schools.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Ontario) to support the establishment of the Forest Pavilion + Center for Sustainable Gardening, to enhance and expand the impact of the Garden’s educational and conservation programs.

Southern California Mountains Foundation (Southern California) to support a support the maintenance, preservation and operation of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout.

Zam Zam Water (Rwanda)to support a water project for 1,098 people in Rwanda’s Ruhengeri Village.


  • Gardenworks for Kids

  • Adanu

  • A+D Museum

  • Zam Zam Water

  • ACE Mentoring

  • LEAP Arts in Education

  • Girls Garage

  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

  • LA-Más ADU in Highland Park

  • Concurrent Art and the Plastic Pick Up

  • Hope Through Housing

  • Latinas Art Foundation