Norman has more than twenty years of professional experience as a licensed architect.
Prior to starting his own practice, he was responsible for the preparation of Design Development and Construction Documents for a variety of projects while working with some of the Bay Area’s leading architectural firms, including Michael Willis Associates, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, ELS Design Group, and Ratcliff Architects.
Norman D. Hooks/Architecture was founded in 1992 in Oakland, California as a Sole Proprietorship with professional outsource support for AutoCAD and Administrative Services as well as Engineering and other consultants, as required.
The firm provides architectural services for residential, commercial and municipal clients in the following primary Practice Areas:
Renovation and Adaptive-Reuse, with an emphasis on Historic Preservation and the remediation of the deferred maintenance issues often associated with older buildings. Some examples include: An extensive renovation of a house designed in the English Tudor, Half-Timber style and built in 1938. ( Photograph by the Owner, Mr. George Burtt ) The restoration and conversion of a former Convent into offices for a coalition of neighborhood-serving non-profit organizations. The building is an example of Italianate architecture and was built in 1876. The conversion of a former 1950’s vintage United States Post Office into a restaurant. ( Photograph by Norman Hooks, AIA )
New Construction and Tenant Improvements, include providing Design Development and Construction Documents Services for the “core and shell” of a new restaurant and providing Tenant Improvement Services for the building’s interior. ( Photograph by Norman Hooks, AIA )
Projects for municipal clients, include Community Outreach and Conceptual Design Services for: The Renovation of more than 35 Playgrounds for small children and; The Lake Merritt Park Master Plan.
In association with Philip Banta, AIA of Banta Design, one of the projects the firm is currently co- developing is an urban design concept, called the West Oakland Walk that will leverage central city assets into a 4.5 mile loop for walking, biking, etc. The concept, which essentially connects the SP Train Station in West Oakland to Lake Merritt in the downtown area, was developed from our pro-bono work for Raimondi Park, which resulted in major sports field renovations. The West Oakland Walk has received the enthusiastic support of various neighborhood and business associations, as well as city officials and the Planning Department; and has been included as part of the recently developed West Oakland Specific Plan.
Norman earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia and went on to graduate studies in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley; College of Environmental Design.
In the area of civic involvement, Norman served a 7.5-year term as a Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the City of Oakland’s Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board and also served a 2-year term on the Oakland Mayor’s Land-Use and Planning Task Force.