Farida Abu-Bakare is an Associate and Project Designer at the global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm; HOK. Farida holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Carleton University and completed her graduate studies in Architecture at Ryerson University. From 2012, Farida has lived and worked with HOK throughout Canada and internationally to build an extensive portfolio including workplace, corporate headquarters, higher education, aviation, justice, science and advanced technology projects. Farida believes architecture and design are tools to support and empower the communities she lives and works. Within HOK she’s found opportunities to contribute by running local initiatives for HOK Impact, a volunteer arm that organizes involvement in local charities. She is also a board member of the HOK Diversity Council, which aims 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. Continuing a long tradition of mentorship within the profession she has spearheaded the HOK Mentoring Program in multiple offices. These programs aim to empower emerging professionals within the firm to seek out opportunities to build leadership skills.