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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Sponsel, RID, IIDA, EDAC, LEAN SIX SIGMA CE, LEED AP
I’m celebrating my fifth Anniversary with lean this year, and oh what a journey it has been. To say it’s changed my life would be an understatement. I have always believed that collaboration, having the right people in the room at the right time and eliminating waste were great ways to work. With that as my base, learning about lean and the root of the philosophy “maximizing customer value by minimizing waste,” made sense. I will say again, it makes sense, but it wasn’t easy. To truly embrace this new way of life, you must be willing to take a hard look at what you do every day with a critical eye. Just because you have a clean desk, you’re organized and you meet project deadlines doesn’t mean you live a life with zero waste.
Pedram Mireshghi & Roddrick West
What’s so different?
The last nine months as an intern at HKS have provided some of the most enriching experiences of my life. I learned a great deal and understood many aspects of life in those 40 weeks. It is the first time I have been a part of an organization where the value systems are deeply rooted and strongly practiced.
It’s difficult to sum up this amazing experience but as I write my final blog I look back at those moments that are the most memorable to me. Running along the Thames river was one of my favorite things to do after work and the weather permitted. It was fun running from the flat to Battersea Park along the river, over the bridge and back again.
Chapter 4 - Painting Dublin Green - Dublin during St. Patrick’s Day was a truly unique experience on this journey. Many people from around the world set foot on the green filled city. Although it was cold and windy along the River Liffey, it didn’t stop the thousands of people from taking part in the celebrations. My first stop was the Guinness Factory. After entering the giant wood doors, everyone rides the escalator up to the main floor which houses the gift shop and visitor center. Looking up was a sight filled with glass elevators moving people through the atrium space, and green light flying through the space from end to end.