May 25, 2011

Need a way to beat the Richmond heat? Step into the Virginia Center for Architecture and view their exhibit on green walls and rooftop gardens including a 8×13 foot living wall! Over the past decade urban environments around the world have embraced green architecture for its economic, environmental, and aesthetic value. Vertical Gardens is an exhibition produced by Exit Art, New York, New York, as part of the SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) initiative, a diverse multimedia exhibition program and permanent archive of artworks that address social and environmental concerns.

May 20, 2011

“Form Follows Fashion 2011” celebrates the most recognized and distinguished architects throughout history. Orange County’s interior design and architecture firms, independent designers and students competed in a runway showdown using only materials and finishes typically used in commercial interiors. All materials are donated by textile and furniture manufacturers. HKS’s fabrics were donated by Momentum Textiles and Archi.Txture.

May 19, 2011

HKS Architects was awarded an IIDA Calibre Award for interior design in the lobbies at Horizon at Playa Vista in the “Office Under 10,000 Square Feet” category. The award was presented at the 2011 IIDA Calibre Awards reception held Friday, May 13 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. Several members of the Los Angeles and Orange County offices were in attendance, and HKS’s award was the first one of the night. Eight awards were given throughout the night in varying categories of interior design excellence. This is HKS’s 4th Calibre Award.

May 18, 2011

The term net-zero is one that has multiple definitions that each of us need to be very familiar with. Net-zero buildings are achievable today and we have recently received requests from clients to design to net-zero expectations. I encourage you to know and understand the three basic definitions below and to make sure that the owner and design team are using a common definition.

May 6, 2011

I participate in a lot of discussions that deal with the subject of the LEED® green building rating system. In about 80% of those presentations, the subject of bike racks come up.

May 5, 2011

Team HKS (Highrollers Kan Strike) placed third among 15 teams at the Haworth-sponsored Charity Bowl bowling tournament last week. The third place finish awarded the team with a $200 donation to the children of Bantay Bata 163 in the Philippines. Bantay Bata 163 is a child welfare organization that rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children and also provides shelter, therapy and quality home care for rescued children unti they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies.