October 5, 2015

Omar Reyes

I cannot leave Shanghai without writing something about this mega city’s cuisine. The Shanghai cuisine is the youngest among the major cuisines in China. Shanghai, being a relatively new city in China, does not really have a cuisine of its own, but successfully refines all the historical cookery of the surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The food is full of color, aromas and strong flavors. They use a lot of oil, soy sauce and red spices; so be careful when asking for something spicy when visiting, you might regret it. I decided to take several cooking classes to learn about this interesting cuisine and share my experience with you ...

September 10, 2015

Omar Reyes

This past weekend I decided to go to the city of Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is considered one of the seven ancient capitals of China. Although I took the two-hour bullet train, Hangzhou proved to be one of the most difficult places for me to get around. No one spoke English at the station and taking a taxi was also eventful. Luckily, I found someone who spoke English to save the day. When I arrived at the hotel, I thought my communication nightmare was over, but I was sadly mistaken. With only one English-speaking employee, even asking for a towel was a challenge. I persevered and rented a bicycle and ventured out to explore this great city, with my translation app, of course.

September 8, 2015

John C. O'Rear, RID, IIDA, EDAC

Okay, so tell me, how many times have you been asked that question? Most “regular folks and aesthetic civilians” will give you a definitive answer in the primary or secondary hue category – something simple that does not require a lot of effort. We are taught in our youth that we need to have an answer for that question, so we feel forced to give an answer. But what if you didn’t have a favorite color? I will never forget my professor in college telling us interior design students that as designers, we should not have a favorite, because that would influence the selections we make for our clients. He explained that our job is to listen to our clients and select color/material palettes for them that will give them the function and aesthetic that works best for their needs.

September 3, 2015

In August 2014, young HKS thought-leaders gathered in the Dallas office to meet with senior leadership and envision impactful change for our firm and our future. The group focused on initiatives such as developing the whole architect, creating a culture of accountability, recruiting and retaining best talent, and integrating research with design.

September 2, 2015

Ryan Moose

My HKS XChange journey began on a misty morning in early July in the James River City of Richmond. I was lucky enough to share this adventure with a beautiful co-pilot, my wife, which I would not have been able to do alone.

August 25, 2015

Clint Pickett

Summer in England means there is a chance of sun ... and with the chance of sun comes holiday ... and with holiday comes everyone. Over our first weekend (my wife and daughter are with me on the HKS Xchange) we took in the 'Changing of the Guard', together with a couple thousand of our closest friends from around the world. On workdays, my walking route takes me in front of the Queen’s palace, and I, like everyone else, pass on without a nod. But as the course of the day changes (and the clientele), the aura of the place takes hold and transfixes all to its black gates, culminating at around 11:00 am with ‘The Changing." Free entry with selfie stick.

August 18, 2015

Did you know that South by Southwest (SXSW) is more than just music? I bet you thought SXSW was just for hipsters into off-the-radar music. Nope.

August 4, 2015

Omar Reyes

The pictures I have taken in Shanghai over the past 30 days evidence how amazing this city is. It's been 30 days and I’m sure three months will not be enough to see everything this great city has to offer. The books I read and the videos I saw are nothing like being here. The mix of the traditional with the new and how both things coexist in harmony are amazing. Here, the Yin Yang controls all aspects of life. The symbolism, colors, aromas and taste define much of what happens every day.

June 24, 2015

Ripudaman Singh

Howdy folks! May started with an invitation for a cookout from Kevin Taylor (Principal, Purple Team), which was to be held at his residence. I was completely excited to attend. His residence is on the shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, a 92 Km sq. reservoir lake. All of the Purple team was invited to the cookout. It was a great opportunity to meet all the teammates and bond with them at a more personal level. We all had a lot of fun there, which made me realize that the Principals and seniors of the firm are really humble and down to earth. We played a very traditional game of ‘Horseshoes’ with the seniors, which turned out to be really entertaining.

June 22, 2015

Ripudaman Singh

Hello everyone (rather I should say howdy folks)! I am Ripudaman Singh from the HKS New Delhi office. In December last year, I got the incredible news of getting selected for the Xchange Fellowship 2015-2016 in Q2 of 2015. It was actually a life-changing event for me, straight out of architecture school and during the start of my career. I definitely was not expecting an opportunity like this. But I am really thankful to HKS for this chance to explore a different culture and experience the ONE FIRM attribute of the firm.