Farida Abu-Bakare

Farida Abu-Bakare (M.Arch ’12), AIA, NOMA, MRAIC, AAA is a Design Professional at HOK in Atlanta, Georgia. HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm that has 23 offices around the world.

Her focus at HOK is in the Science and Technology sector of Architecture where she is involved in variety of higher education and institutional projects.

Farida earned a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and a Masters of Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Masters, Architectural Studies.

Community Affairs Director at NOMAtlanta
January 2017 - Present
NOMAtlanta's mission is to champion diversity within the Atlanta design professions while advocating for greater professional opportunities for its current and future members by promoting design excellence, racial diversity, community engagement and professional development.

Diversity Advisory Council at HOK
June 2016 - Present
The Diversity Advisory Council’s mission is to promote an inclusive business environment and a culture where people with varied backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experience can work to meet global client needs with creative and innovative solutions. HOK is committed to expanding opportunities for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic. Each person is valued for his or her talents, expertise, experience and perspective. 

HOK Impact at HOK
Jun 2016 – Present
HOK Impact was founded in 2010, as a team of professionals working across the world to formalize social outreach at HOK. HOK Impact seeks to promote architecture as a social tool, using design to support and empower communities. By organizing HOK IMPACT into three distinct categories— professional services, charitable donations and volunteerism— HOK raises the profile of the design profession and making a difference.

Women Build Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta
May 2015
Launching in 2001 in Calgary, Alberta Habitat for Humanity Canada's Women Build Program promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes by hosting build projects with the majority of the planning and execution undertaken by women volunteers. The program is not about "excluding men” but it is all about "including women”. Volunteers help throughout most phases of the construction of a Habitat home. Skilled and unskilled construction volunteers are supervised by Habitat construction staff and volunteer crew leaders.