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August 19, 2016

Melissa Williams, HKS Salt Lake City

Hi everyone, Melissa Williams here in London for the Q3 Xchange! I’m a Utah transplant (originally from the Midwest), and you can normally find me in our Salt Lake City office. However, for the third quarter of this year, HKS has given me the opportunity to experience our firm abroad in the incredible city of London. I arrived just over a month ago to the Chelsea flat in proper London style—jetlagged in the back of a black cab—and was welcomed to my new home by Natasha Kemp. Previous London ‘Xchangers’ had clued me in about the poshness of the area, but I had no idea how lovely the flat itself would be. So, thanks to HKS, I get to spend the next three months living in the heart of Central London on the banks of the Thames, in easily the nicest place I’ve ever lived.

June 15, 2016

Lauren Stark, HKS Chicago

Hello! My name is Lauren from the HKS Chicago Office. Born and raised in North Carolina, I studied architecture at NC State (go pack!) and moved to Miami, FL for my Master’s degree from the University of Miami. I’ve since been a southern transplant surviving Midwest winters and working for HKS in the Windy City for the last three years.

June 7, 2016

Anne Rezac, Camilla Moretti, Lisa Adams, Steve Jacobson, Tyler Schwede

At the core, the clinical environment is a workplace. Every role – be it an office manager, medical assistant or physician – has daily functions that intertwine and affect overall patient satisfaction.

May 3, 2016

Catherine Cao, Shanghai office

Nihao, my name is CC from the HKS Shanghai office. I grew up in Beijing, the nation’s capital where I began studying architecture. After undergraduate, I went to the UK for graduate school, and have been working as an architect in China for 6 years. This is my first time working in the U.S., so I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the HKS Xchange Fellowship.

February 9, 2016

Anne Rezac, Camilla Moretti, Lisa Adams, Steve Jacobson, Tyler Schwede

To remain profitable, health systems need to do more with less. It is the architect’s responsibility to design for a flexible work environment and work with the client regarding best practices for an efficient workplace.

January 21, 2016

By Chad Porter

This past summer, HKS organized its first-ever Design Slam. This competition is a unique challenge that looks to use design as a solution to many global challenges, from poverty to climate change. Participating teams were asked to identify any problem in the world, and create a design solution for it. We received seven submissions from HKS offices around the globe. Each submission is truly unique and addresses a range of social issues, from gentrification in D.C., to transportation challenges in Mexico, slums in India, traffic in Atlanta, heat and public space in Phoenix and the aging population of China. Geraldo Palma Romero won the grand prize of $1,000.

January 12, 2016

By Daniel Inocente (DC) & Kevin Vandeman (DC)

The Idea Fellowship continues as the Holistic Design Workflow team makes advances in the research and application of computational strategies. As buildings and the industry become increasingly technological, architects are challenged to continuously develop new ways of mastering the intricacies across ever-changing elements and systems. The architecture of today has not only been infused with technological growth, but it has also become dependent on it. Technology has enabled numerous design processes and yet not one single process can fully solve the thousands of contingencies that present themselves as a project evolves. Today, the design of a building is a challenge of bringing together various technological systems, outside of our domain, that rely on computational processes.

January 7, 2016

Lisa Adams (Chicago), Jen Faist (Chicago), Elise LaPaglia (London), Donna Sharpe (DC), Josh Tooill (Shanghai)

Our team has embarked on our next phase: Critical Analysis and Survey Content Creation. We have successfully narrowed our focus to Generation Z. The goal now is to thoroughly take apart and look at the important segments of our literary review. Our team’s aim is to analyze and offer insights into the secondary research we have already collected, and begin to formulate our thesis.

January 6, 2016

Rachel Campbell, HKS London in Shanghai

I was lucky to get away to Beijing for a long weekend on the super fast high speed train, the scenery whizzing past. Firstly I visited the amazing Forbidden City - which you enter through Tian'anmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace located off Tian'anmen Square.

December 22, 2015

Rachel Campbell from HKS London is the 2015 4th Quarter HKS Xchange Fellow to the HKS Shanghai office

Well what a rollercoaster living in Shanghai has been – I love Shanghai!