HHEAL Environmental Arts Lab is a multidimensional architecture studio that understands architecture as a living thing, organic in structure and design just like our natural environment. At HHEAL we reshape the built environment as a physiological environment, a place that people can live both with and within. Our experimental methodology continues to lead us to new discoveries and contributions in the world of environmental design.
We approach our projects from a diagnostic standpoint, much like one would understand the health of humanity. When we breath life into our achitecture, our architecture will breath life into us. At HHEAL we produce architecture that renews our natural environment and the people and cultures that habitate within.
With a background in the human sciences and an extensive history in the cultural arts, Heather Hoeksema started developing a conceptual foundation for her environmental practice HHEAL over two decades ago. This foundation intuitively and intentionally integrates healthy existence with architecture through a physiological understanding of fabricated environments. She is a licensed Professional Architect in a number of states 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 built environment after receiving a scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Architecture + Urban Planning. Also having become an experimental artist and curator of painting, textiles, and photographic media; she began to integrate her work in the arts with her scientific background. This lead to her inventive approach for shaping architecture as living environments; from the perspective of both the sciences and the arts.
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. 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 shaping both interior cultural arts spaces and designing built structures.
She has taught at a number of higher learning institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; in addition to public speaking and volunteer teaching youth. She is founder of the non-profit entity Institute of Environmental Intellect which offers a unique approach to education in addition to guidance for environmentally based research projects. Her multidiciplinary architecture lab, HHEAL, has been active for almost a decade. She has been involved in the practice and academia Architecture and Art for over 20 years.
State Licensure/ CA, CO, IL, MI
Certifications/ LEED, WBE
Academy/ MArch II, Southern CA Inst of Arch
MArch studies, Harvard GSD, Univ of VA
BS Arch, Univ of MI Arch + Urban Plng
Teaching/ USC, Chic Art Inst, UVA, SCIArc
Honors/ Wileke Portfolio Comp HM 1994
Binda Scholarship Recipient 1992
Culture/ Singing in Carnegie Hall, '88
Community/ Yoga Instructor L100
TA Exhale '09 Jamie Elmer
"With Heather's clever and well thought through design my husband and I were able to update our kitchen and historical row house aesthetic, improve the ergonomic relationships, open our cooking experience up to our entire second level for gatherings with friends, and enjoy a bright new and absolutely delightful culinary environment."- Patricia Okenika
"Heather's design and art work for our office lobby was executed effectively and the process engaged and represented the desires of our office community. She conveyed her concepts clearly and visually with her artistic sensibility and shaped the most unique space in our entire office building.""- Scott D
"Unencumbered by distracting detail, we find Heather’s painting at once quietly meditative and powerfully exuberant. Her creative and complex layering of intense, saturated color provide the viewer a journey of endless discoveries. We never tire of the beauty and emotion Heather expressed in this work of art."- Sue Thompson
"As an accomplished practitioner and businesswoman as well as an experienced teacher, Heather provided an important role model for our young students of architecture. She was able to bring her professional work to bear on her class syllabi and assignments in a way that inspired her students to reach for more than is normally possible in a school environment. "- Anders Nereim