Conversation with BSU Distinguished Alumnus Paul Strohm, VP, HOK

The CONVERSATIONS series presents up close and personal dialogs about leadership with prominent leaders from the profession. The conversation starts with a presentation of a brief life sketch of the guest, followed by an open dialog with the guest about his or her life journey, the origins, the development and the ascent to the leadership position. The freewheeling and informal format of the discussion elicits thick and intense perspectives into the life and work of the guest. A broad range of topics are covered that might include, but not limited to, the guest’s views about the profession, education, changing context of architecture, and emerging trends. The series offers rare and unique glimpses into the life of leaders in the profession, which would be a source of inspiration for the academic community.

The CONVERSATION featured architect Paul Strohm in dialog with Mahesh Daas, Chair of Architecture department, on March 26, 2012 at 1.00PM


Paul is a Senior Vice President, and Healthcare Practice Leader at HOK, focusing on Leading Projects and the Marketing Principal for the Practice.  He is responsible, with 4 partners for the Healthcare practice of HOK, which comprises 25% ($60M/yr) of  HOK’s business.  The HC practice serves a wide range of clients: academic medical centers, quaternary care hospitals, regional and multi state systems, community hospitals and for-profit healthcare systems.  Approximately 400 people at any one time are working on Healthcare projects in 12 offices in 4 countries.

Paul has been at HOK for 19 years and currently serves on the HOK Board of Directors. He grew up in Madison, Indiana and lives and works from Chapel Hill, NC.  He has been married for 31 years to Leslie Strohm, who is the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor of University of North Carolina.  They have two golden retrievers: Huckleberry and Cedar.

HOK, a global design firm with more than 1500 employees and is recognized for award winning design and expertise in healthcare, museums, airports, justice centers, corporate, institutional and science + technology projects.