HMC Architects is proud to announce that James Krueger, AIA, NCARB, has been named the firm’s new director of design. Assuming the role previously occupied by Lance Hosey, Krueger will oversee design and lead strategies to improve the impact of HMC’s work.

Formerly serving as design principal where he led projects for HMC’s PreK-12 and civic practices, Krueger’s creative approach emphasizes the firm’s purpose of “design for good” to support clients with high-performance solutions that aim to have a positive impact.

“I am honored and excited to have James leading design at HMC,” said Brian Staton, president and CEO. “He is a highly talented designer whose work is a testament to everything HMC strives to be. His commitment to carry on Lance’s vision that architecture should be as much about impact as it is about image is the perfect step forward.”

A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, Krueger received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2001 and began his career as a junior designer at HMC that same year. His award-winning portfolio of projects includes the County of San Diego’s North Coastal Live Well Health Center, Irvine Unified School District’s Portola High School, the City of San Clemente Marine Safety Headquarters, and the Quail Hill Community Center in Irvine, Calif.

According to Krueger, the facilities we design have an incredible opportunity to positively impact the communities we serve, and it’s our job to bring that philosophy to everything we create.

“I am incredibly fortunate to have had Lance Hosey as my mentor for the past 14 months, and I truly believe in the design and leadership principles that he helped clarify for us at HMC,” said Krueger. “It’s my mission to live up to those principles and I am honored to share the joy of ‘designing for good’ with project teams across the firm.”