The history of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) is a five-decade microcosm of American architectural and social history. For more than 50 years, the architectural and engineering firm has not only responded to emerging trends in the corporate, healthcare, and arts, religious and education sectors of American culture; HGA has often anticipated those trends. The firm has helped shape…
The history of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) is a five-decade microcosm of American architectural and social history. For more than 50 years, the architectural and engineering firm has not only responded to emerging trends in the corporate, healthcare, and arts, religious and education sectors of American culture; HGA has often anticipated those trends. The firm has helped shape culture, business and society by consistently creating forward-thinking design solutions for clients and the communities they live in.
HGA’s enduring commitment to superb design and a collaborative tradition stretches back to Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus School. HGA founders Richard Hammel, Curt Green and Bruce Abrahamson were schooled in the Bauhaus tradition – which stressed an interdisciplinary approach to Modernism – and they carried that collaborative and client-focused approach to projects into their new venture.
Approaching each project through the client’s eyes, the teams understand the needs and standards for success. In this way, HGA delivers the greatest value to clients while opening windows into professional worlds beyond their own.
When shaping work environments for corporate clients, HGA considers how the contentment, creativity, and employee efficiency can be optimized through design. When planning corporate campuses, HGA creates a place of function and delight in which offices, laboratories, courtyards, recreation areas and outdoor spaces combine to make the workday pleasurable and energizing.
When designing public spaces and facilities, we consider how architecture, site and interiors can be integrated to support and inspire users to learn, teach and reach their highest potential. The group’s museum, visual and performing-arts designs result in landmark architecture that establishes anidentity with which the institution can recruit students, faculty and members to its programming, while drawing the general public through its doors.
When creating facilities for health and wellness, our design succeeds by meeting needs of patients and care providers now and in the future. State-of-the art healthcare design anticipates technological changes, allows staff to perform at optimal levels and offers a tranquil, healing environment for patients.
Working for diverse types of clients allows us to freely cross-communicate and draw upon each other’s insight to offer a comprehensive range of in-house disciplines and specialized talent, which includes architecture, engineering, interior design and landscape architecture. At HGA, the advice and counsel of in-house experts is available for virtually any question and any client.
So while HGA has grown to include Minnesota offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, a Wisconsin office in Milwaukee, and California offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, it’s not merely a large organization. It’s also a deep one. Each decade has brought changes in educational trends, workplace organization, healthcare demands, technological needs and site requirements; and through each decade HGA’s service to its clients has remained consistent.
HGA is much more than bricks and mortar. HGA teams listen and lead. The firm is about helping clients fulfill their needs and realize their aspirations. Delivering lasting, flexible and environmentally intelligent design is the legacy on which HGA was built and the one it intends to leave for future generations.