Ten Elements of Design

Fall 2014 Student Lecture Series: Tom Polucci

Ten Elements of Design

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

October 22, 2014

Abstract: HOK believes that all interior design needs to be based on ten basic elements that bring life and meaning to space. This lecture will focus on what these elements mean to HOK's practice and how they manifest in real world projects with clients, budgets and schedules, important factors that influence the final design solution. These elements are universal to all project types and this lecture will highlight work for corporate, commercial, healthcare and hospitality clients. The fundamental concepts of design; scale, contrast, movement, materiality and others, have real world impact on the work done for clients.

In his lecture, Tom will explain the ten elements of design - timelessness, contrast, materiality, scale, movement, brand, daylight/view, details, layers, and art - what they are and how he has applied them throughout the course of his career, ending with a review of three recent HOK projects that reflect the ten elements - BBC Worldwide in London, Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore and Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood City, CA.

Tom Polucci, AIA, IIDA, LEED GA, is director of interiors for HOK in New York. As a firm-wide interiors leader, he is a member of HOK's board of directors and marketing board. Tom has more than 20 years of experience managing the design of projects for organizations worldwide. Educated, trained and licensed as an architect, his focus is on creating exceptional environments for clients. He has served as principal designer for hundreds of projects. Tom has special expertise in workplace design. He has been quoted in recent workplace stories in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, American Public Media's Marketplace, Metropolis, Interiors & Sources, Contract and The Chicago Tribune. He is a frequent speaker on workplace design at CoreNet Global's New York City Chapter events and NeoCon. In 2010, Tom helped establish HOK Product Design, LLC. In addition to designing several new products, he sits on HOK Product Design's advisory board.