Heidi is a founder and the managing partner at HK. She runs the HK office’s day-to-day activities. Her architectural career began with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Heidi also worked with Richard Meier & Partners and Ellerbe Beckett. At age 29, she started Heidi Hefferlin Architects during her time in Los Angeles before moving back to Chattanooga. Heidi’s approach is both practical and artistic: she works closely with the owner, contractors, and craftsmen during the construction process, balancing the challenges of design, cost, and schedule. She loves the conceptual phase and often develops her designs in model form. She studies the forms and sculptural qualities of the buildings and then investigates the building materials and systems at great length to find materials that are interesting and appropriate for each project. Heidi likes the outdoors and horseback riding. She’s also heavily involved in the Chattanooga community. Heidi is on the board of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, served on the Chattanooga Public Art committee, and served a term as president of the Chattanooga Chapter of AIA. She has lectured at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the American Institute of Architects Tennessee Convention, and her work was included in an exhibit at the Los Angeles City Hall “Reflections of Working Women: Building the Public Environment”.