Ken Mohr appointed HERA President

HERA’s leadership torch is changing hands and ahead lies a bright future for the firm. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Principal Ken Mohr, Assoc. AIA, as President effective April 1.

Hired as the firm’s first employee and laboratory planner 24 years ago, Ken’s long standing dedication is recognized as a contributing factor to HERA’s growth and success. Alongside founders Laurie Sperling, M.Arch, LEED AP, CPSM and Janet Baum, he helped establish the firm’s foundation and mission of enhancing scientific discovery and client productivity through the creation of optimal laboratory environments. Something he remains passionate about to this day.

Ken’s first HERA project was for the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Quantico, VA; one which set him on a path of becoming an internationally recognized authority in forensic science lab planning and design. Since 1997, he has completed more than 110 forensic laboratory projects ranging from needs assessments to full-service design, authored more than 100 forensic publications and is an expert speaker at industry events. While he is known as the forensic subject matter expert at HERA and Crime Lab Design, his passion for science and knowledge of technically complex laboratory spaces is not limited to just forensics.

Charismatic and a natural leader, Ken works in all five of HERA’s core markets: academic, clinical, government, forensic and R&D. He is responsible for direct project collaboration with clients and forges long lasting relationships with each of them – contributing to HERA’s esteem in the industry.

Ken carries his love for science and architecture outside of HERA as well. He is a founding member and Program Committee Chair of the I2SL St. Louis chapter. He also volunteers for Rockwood School District’s Partners in Education Program introducing students to how design influences scientific discovery. Ken enjoys vacationing with his family and is an active member of his parish community coaching youth soccer and track and field.

Ken, with Principals Carlos Perez-Rubio, AIA, LEED AP, and Amy Tongay, AIA, will guide HERA to continued success. HERA has hired and promoted individuals to further ensure a seamless organizational transition. Office directors, associates and senior administrative staff will continue to focus on key aspects of the business such as technology, design, marketing and finance.

Please join us in congratulating Ken on this momentous occasion.