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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.
Vlogging my experiences as an HKS Xchange Fellow in London.
This morning the USGBC awarded the HKS Dallas Headquarters a Platinum certification under the LEED v3 for Commercial Interiors rating system. The project achieved 83 of 110 possible points.
The HKS Atlanta office renovation has been featured on the Inhabitat.com. The website is dedicated to the future of design and tracking innovations, technologies and materials that are pushing architecture and design towards a more sustainable future. HKS is recognized as a global architecture firm with a growing reputation for sustainable design. To add to our credentials, the office in Atlanta was awarded LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors.
HKS participated in the 3rd annual Charity Bowling Tournament sponsored by Haworth and Interior Office Solutions. The HKS team “Multiple Strikes” won 2nd place and $300 for the charity of their choice, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
As a designer, Lisa Adams is compelled to improve the lives of others. She is being recognized with a Spirit Award for her philanthropic efforts working with Design for Dignity (D4D) and will be honored at a ceremony on May 10 at Venue One in Chicago. More than 450 people throughout the Midwest are expected to attend.
Universities around the nation are making huge strides in the design of their student facilities. College Planning & Management Magazine’s front page features the University of Central Florida’s Technology Commons I & II that breaks the mold of typical student technology labs. A design build effort by HKS and Charles Perry Partners, Inc., this multi-functional collaborative space is filled with some pretty cool technology, and has a design that invigorates the student mind. For more information, check out page 54 of this article.
An e-blast was recently sent to all of Shaw Contract’s email subscribers. Kudos to the HKS team who worked on this beautiful project. It is such a compliment to be featured in an e-blast for one of the industry’s most prominent flooring companies. Check out the link below for more photos.
"A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked the official opening of the center, which is now open for use."
From your first waking moment to lights out, the guestroom bathroom plays a pivotal role in setting the tone for a phenomenal guest experience. This integral, multi-use space is the true hotel chameleon, serving as both mood-setter and pure function: a private, spa-like sanctuary and place to decompress, or a highly serviceable, get-in, get-out necessity.