George Hellmuth AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Associate Principal / Regional Development Manager
George Hellmuth’s architectural pedigree is impeccable. As the third generation of distinguished architects, George himself has enjoyed a long and successful career in the profession. He brings his wealth of experience and zeal for innovation to Page and its clients.
George’s father was one of the founding partners of the global firm now known as HOK, and his grandfather and great-uncle were also architects who practiced in St. Louis, the home base of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. Toward the end of his long tenure with HOK, George worked with James Wright, who would later become a principal of Page. The two men shared a passion for architectural programming and a collaborative approach to design. After opening Page’s office in Washington, DC, James invited George to join his team.
Today, as a Regional Director of Business Development of Page, George works with colleagues to build and strengthen the firm’s client relationships in the Mid-Atlantic area. His personal outreach includes involvement with CoreNet Global and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association where he can meet potential clients and raise awareness of dedicated firm areas of specialty such as asset repositioning.
George augmented his two architecture degrees from Yale and City College of City University of New York with an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University, which he earned while also serving as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, George was awarded an Air Force Commendation medal for his work at Khorat Air Force Base, Thailand, in support of doubling its facilities in less than a year.
George started his architectural career at the St. Louis home office of HOK with dual roles. As Director of Finance, he provided financial advice and helped negotiate mergers with other practices. As a consultant within HOK’s planning group, he participated in national and international planning projects.
George relocated to HOK’s New York office in the late 1970s and for about five years was a service principal in the New York region. He then moved to Washington, DC, in 1982 to help open a new HOK office, where for the next 25 years he played a key role in developing what became a major, thriving practice with a very strong portfolio of government, private sector and international projects.
George departed HOK in 2007 under terms that specified a two-year non-compete period. During that interim, George helped his daughter run her executive recruiting business for professionals in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Once eligible to re-enter the architectural profession, he did so for one year as a Principal/Mid-Atlantic Region Director with Manhattan-based FXFOWLE Architects and then later for Perkins + Will in Washington, DC as principal and the market sector leader for commercial, civic and corporate clients.
George’s long and varied career has taught him to value creativity as among the most important traits for anyone seeking success in his or her profession. He is fond of quoting Albert Einstein, who summed up that notion when he said, “In adversity lies opportunity.”