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Heather A. Hoeksema is an author of experience. With a background in the human sciences and extensive production in the cultural arts, she has developed a conceptual foundation for shaping architectural environments across measurements of time and place. This foundation integrates environments around and within the human body, at all scales of sustainable growth. She intuitively and intentionally integrates physiological health through an understanding of fabrication. Beginning with story telling, she cross connects ideologies of natural healing in multiple audio/visual mediums essentially grounded in the sensation of vibrating touch. Linguistics, music, and moving picture/sound are her current focus. As a professional architect she has produced and exhibited architecture internationally for well over two decades, and is currently focusing on composing temporal experience as a precursor process to the fabrication of human environments.

* Send inquiries to HH@HHEAL.COM


State Licensure/ California, et al
Certifications/ LEED AP
Academy/ MArch II, SCIArc Inst of Arch
MArch studies, Harvard GSD, UVA Grad Arch
BScience Arch, U of MI Arch + Urban Plng
Loyola University/ Pre Med program
Teaching/ USC, Chicago Art Inst, UVA, SCIArc
Culture/ Singing in Carnegie Hall '88
Community/ Yoga Instructor Assist L100 '09
Women in Film Member '12

 

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Professional Story

Ms. Hoeksema is an architect of sound, light, and movement experience. She is a musician, author, and professional architect. With a background in the human sciences and extensive experience in the cultural arts, she has developed a conceptual foundation for shaping environmental experience. This foundation intuitively and intentionally integrates healthy living and healing environments with architecture through a physiological understanding of fabricated place. She is a licensed Professional Architect and has exhibited and produced work internationally.

She expanded her focus from the study of health at the human scale to the scale of the fabricated environment after receiving a scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Architecture + Urban Planning. Also having become an experimental artist and exhibitor of painting, textiles, and photographic media; she began to integrate her work in the arts with her scientific background.

During her younger years, she was an advanced student of calculus and chemistry. In 1993 she drafted a well researched essay on the effects of maternity ward environments on the birth experience, in contrast to home birth. In 1995, she was extricated from a team of 3 in her structures class, for directing the group analysis on the failure of the Tacoma Narrows bridge toward a humanist perspective about misdirection of 'civilized progress' and resulting consequences of industrial technology. These experiences, and many others, led to her innovative approach for shaping architecture as living environments; from the perspective of both science and philosophy.

The breadth of Ms. Hoeksema's experience includes roles on globally significant architectural developments such as the Music and Dance Theatre in Chicago's Millennium Park, with a specialty focus on the auditorium. She has worked with the likes of historically renowned architects including Eric Lloyd Wright as well as internationally significant firms. Through her private practice she has been commissioned nationally for articulating both interior cultural spaces and homes.

She has taught at a number of higher learning institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; in addition to modest public speaking and volunteer work with organizations like Rush University Medical Center and Free Arts for abused children. She chose to leave Harvard Graduate School of Design, after one semester of discovering its inherent contraditions between ethics and teaching. She is founder of the in progress entity Institute of Environmental Intellect which is poised to offer an authentic approach to education in addition to guidance for environmentally based research projects.

Her multi-disciplinary architecture lab, HHEAL, has been active for well over a decade. She has been involved in the practice and academia of Architecture, integrating healing and environments as Singular Architecture, for over 20 years. She had recently established Singular Architecture, a publishing entity of which the foundation is the 'Singular Architecture' book series. Singular Architecture is the foundation for HHEAL LLC productions.

She has completed the first book of the series 'Singular Butterfly: Verse 3/3' and distributed it in book stores nationally. She has also recently completed and published 'Flash Light: 9 Girls' Stories for Grown Ups' which is currently being distributed nationally as well. Her current production is a music album of her original singer/songwriter compositions titled 'Rode Show', which is also the title of her current tour of authored works.

 

Personal Story

Ms. Hoeksema was born in Phoenix in a Native American hospital. Her delivering physician was Dr. Childs. With her birth came a heart murmur. Yet she was blessed with Navajo caregivers, syncing her rhythms into place. She almost drowned in a pool during this first year of life. Her parents then moved to the mid west, bringing artifacts from the caregivers... an Indian doll and a papoose.

Raised by an orthopedic surgeon and gallery connoisseur, she learned early on to translate between objective thinking and subjective intuition. She often found herself resonating between the two, at times lingering in suspense. She played the piano for years, her most memorable moment a concert trio of Canon in D. Soon after, she had the fascinating experience singing with a choir in Carnegie Hall.

Her grandmothers cared for her grandfathers. Her mother's mother graciously left the eighth grade to care for her dying sister. Her father's mother kept boxes of diaries. Her mother's father started his own electric company after he was shot upon storming the beaches of Normandy. Her father's father was a navy man stationed in Japan, and a doctor of organic chemistry. They worked hard for what they had, and did their best to respect people and the environment around them. They had character.

Her ongoing balancing act between science and art eventually led to her pursuit of architecture, following studies in the human sciences. She often considered being a doctor, and chose a different path after sensing the inherent contradictions between technological medicine and well being. Later in time, this sentiment guided her interest in shaping healing environments.

Living in many regions of the states, she often found herself observing more than producing for fear of being wasteful. Working, thinking, teaching... and writing, she montaged together experiences that led her to where all lost Souls eventually land. This land was the maze of Los Angeles. Ever since this landing she has been fabricating a labyrinth.

She had two dogs as she navigated across the country. The first one Tess, bit her mom on the head. The second, Dozer, chewed up her Indian doll. Her childhood dog Brandy had been her best friend. She thinks patriarchal religion, unbridled, will mathematically lead to human extinction. Nature is God, existing in a composing continuum within and between two resonant beings.

 


 

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