Hilary Noll

Hilary Noll

San Francisco, CA, US



Hilary is an architect and social-impact designer specialized in sustainability, combining exemplary design with holistic building performance.  As an Associate Principal and Sustainability Integration Leader at Mithun, she works on affordable multifamily affordable housing, resiliency planning and the pursuit of regenerative, carbon-neutral projects. A background in environmental science and community development informs her design approach of working with local stakeholders in a participatory process to achieve place based, bioregional solutions. 

Prior to joining Mithun, Hilary worked in New Mexico as a LEED Project Manager and Architectural Designer on a wide variety of project types including higher education, laboratory, civic, urban design projects, as well as deconstruction/material reuse initiatives.  In 2014 she was selected as a Rose Architectural Fellow and served as Design Director at First Community Housing, furthering their mission to develop high-quality, healthy, green affordable housing for low-income communities.

Hilary is a LEED AP BD+C, SEED Evaluator, Living Building Challenge Ambassador and Fitwel Ambassador.  She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master of Architecture, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Preservation and Regionalism focusing on Adaptive Reuse and Natural Materials.

Recognition of her work includes Exhibition Winner: Drylands Design Competition; Natural Talent Design Competition; ‘Best in Show’ at the NM Green Built Tour.  Hilary has been named a Heritage Scholar, Udall Scholar and an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Fitwel and the Bay Area Living Future Collaborative. 

Inspired by the outdoors, she can be found cycling daily on road and dirt, practicing yoga, and backpacking in wilderness.



MITHUN, San Francisco , Associate Principal & Sustainability Integration Leader

Hilary is Project Architect on Maceo May Veterans Apartments located on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, an all-electric, modular construction six story buildnig which will provide 105 affordable homes to formerly homeless Veterans. The building provides studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments and community-serving spaces. The approximately 112,000 sq.ft. building will be built utilizing off-site modular construction methods above a concrete podium on an urban infill site of .73 acres. The building design supports the larger TIDA master plan vision: to create a family of new neighborhoods in San Francisco that are an exemplar of sustainable and resilient neighborhood development, set within a framework of public parks and natural open spaces that will be a resource and an amenity for the entire Bay Area.
Hilary served as Project Manager on Resilient by Design: Bay Area Challenge Bay Area Challenge which launched with a call to action to bring together local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions that will strengthen the Bay Area region's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes. The final design concepts are meant to inspire, catalyze action, and push us along the path to a more resilient future with multi-benefit designs that combine infrastructure, social equity and local ecology. Supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation

May 2017 - current

First Community Housing, San Jose , Design Director & Rose Architectural Fellow

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architects with community-based organizations to direct the skills and passions of the architects in the service of under-served communities. The Fellowship is designed to promote the value of quality design and healthy green building in affordable housing and encourages architects to become lifelong leaders in community development.
• Coordinate green building efforts that aim to go beyond LEED Platinum, including pioneering efforts in the latest performance based metrics: the Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard.
• Research healthy materials, unit design, affordability by design, urban agriculture, low-impact development, net-zero energy, and regenerative design across our portfolio.
• Oversee grant-funding to support the connection between green building and health.
• Provide in-house architectural design capacity, supporting concept planning, rehab and development feasibility analysis.

Jan 2014 - Apr 2017

The University of New Mexico, Instructor

- Co-taught a graduate level architecture studio which investigated the potential creation of a high-performance building district (District 2030) and an innovation campus. By retrofitting and up-cycling underutilized buildings, students re-imagined existing structures to allow for dynamic and sustainable ecological and economic incubation into the future.

-Provided architectural, landscape and urban planning schematic designs, cost and feasibility analysis as a consultant for Nob Hill Main Street community association to improve urban and historic character
along Route 66 urban streetscape.

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

SMPC Architects PA, Albuquerque, NM, US, Architectural Designer and LEED Project Manager

• Prepared working drawings, construction documents, programming studies, renderings and architectural details under supervision of project architects on a range of educational, laboratory, commercial office, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects.
• Administered LEED project management on over 25 projects:
coordinated consultants , provided all LEED documentation, researched high-performing building systems & materials.
• Conducted daylight studies, energy modeling and life-cycle analyses.
• Oversaw the integrated sustainability design process from pre-design through construction administration and LEED certification.
• Created presentation graphics to communicate design concepts
• Produced schematic designs, space programming, site planning, and zoning and code research.
• Assisted during construction administration on submittals, site
inspections, RFIs, punchlist and building turnover procedures.
• Enhanced visual communications and marketing, including proposal preparation, competition submissions and interview presentations.

Dec 2007 - Dec 2013

Design and Planning Assistance Center, Albuquerque, NM, US, Community Design Liasion

• Collaborated in a process that included research, community participation, asset inventory, analysis, programming, site planning, design and recommendations for project implementation
• Provided architectural and urban planning design for the Downtown Warehouse Arts District development plan and a proposal for the expansion of The Cell Theatre, a performance arts center

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Green Corps: Field School for Environmental Organizing, Boston, MA, US, Community Organizer

• Support grassroots groups on local environmental health and justice campaigns through consultations, leadership development, media outreach, lobbying & campaign strategy.

Aug 2005 - Dec 2005

Buildings & Grounds Department, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, US, Landscape Crewmember

• Worked on the Buildings and Ground Department's crew of Landscapers, Arborists and Botanical Gardeners through all seasons on the 300 acre campus designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
• Supported College Facilities Management's mission "to preserve the campus facilities while creating and sustaining an environment that will attract, keep and support the best and brightest students, faculty, and staff," by maintaining 300 acres and more than 2,000,000 square feet of property in 100+ buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1852.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2005

Mount Holyoke College: Center for the Environment, South Hadley, MA, US, Student Director

• Coordinated the College, Facilities Management, student groups + the Center’s initiatives
• Implemented energy efficiency, food waste and sustainability education programs for the campus.

Sep 2003 - May 2005

Greg Baczeck General Contractor, , Contractor’s Assistant

• Assisted on construction of custom residential renovations,design-build projects: site work, framing, carpentry, finishes.

Apr 2001 - Aug 2001


The University of New Mexico, Graduate Certificate: Historic Preservation and Regionalism

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

The University of New Mexico, MArch, Master of Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, US, Bachelors, Environmental Studies

Aug 2002 - May 2005


Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Award


Exhibition Winner in Drylands Competition, Arid Lands Institute, Other

"The Source: A 21st Century Community Well"

Drylands Design Competition, AridLands Institute, A+D Museum in Los Angeles


New Mexico Architectural Heritage Scholar, Scholarship

University of New Mexico Historic Preservation and Regionalism - Graduate Certificate Degree and Scholar


Tau Sigma Delta, Award

Honor Society of Architecture and the Allied Arts


Westwork Architecture Scholar Award, Scholarship


Natural Talent Design Competition: USGBC, 2nd Place


Best In Show - Renovation, USGBC-NM Green Built Tour, 1st Place

Best in Show award for my design-build renovation of a pre-1920s adobe bungalow, Urban Adobe Casa, near Old Town and Sawmill districts of Albuquerque 


Areas of Specialization