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Melissa Williams, HKS Salt Lake City
After two months of living abroad and working in our London office, I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve established a routine so that life feels less chaotic and (slightly) more normal. Somewhere around week 6, I began referring to the flat as “home,” which to me signals the mental transition between adjusting and adjusted. As further confirmation, I catch myself using ‘cheers’ rather than ‘thank you’ and pronouncing ‘week end’ as two distinct words.
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.
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.
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.
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!
By: Gary Hartfield
As I prepare to leave familiar surrounds and head to new environs, new cultures, but supposedly the same language, (we shall see about that soon), I am reminded about the diversity we already enjoy in our own offices. Here is a glimpse of the studio in the Fort Worth office.
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.
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.
Hi! My name is Andrew Cortez from the Dallas office and I get the honor of being a part of the HKS Xchange program in London. Along the way I will try to capture London through the senses, from the smells, sounds, sights, tastes, and the feel of the city. Here we go!