May 30, 2013

by Mark Pataky

My involvement in the projects is growing every week and I really like how the education group works, using Sketchup and AutoCad back and forth to fine tune the designs in 2D and 3D. When potential problem areas or conflicts arise requiring more attention, we jump right in and sketch sections and details to resolve issues. Everyone works well this way and work gets done very fast. They have school design down to a science. When I arrived in Dallas the education group was starting three high schools, so it was perfect timing for me to be part of these projects from day one. I have been involved with the first presentation to the client and three weeks later we are working on sections and elevations. This fast and furious approach then allows time for detailing. It is the same process I used in school and it feels very natural.

May 23, 2013

by Angela Lopez, Mexico City office

May 17, 2013

You are invited to attend the Dallas Premiere of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio with special guest Deedie Rose.

May 15, 2013

The first weekend in May was a long weekend because of the bank holiday on the 6th. I had a friend from home visiting and we decided to take a long weekend in Paris and visit another friend there who is studying architecture in Paris for the summer. We had so much fun! The weather was beautiful and we had a great few days of sight seeing. On our arrival day we went straight to the Buttes-Chaumont Park. Definitely not a tourist spot! The topography was mostly man made featuring bluffs, waterfalls, hills and cliffs. We grabbed a sunny spot on a hill next to an acoustic guitar player who quickly attracted other musicians including a violinist, a saxophonist, and an electric guitar player who were all able to meld their sounds together. Great jam sesh.

May 14, 2013

Mondays start with team meetings to discuss the week’s projects and assign responsibilities. I find these meetings a great way start the week. They help focus efforts and let each member know what the rest of the team is working on. I have a mentor who once said “speed is your friend” and with these small education projects lasting a few months from start to finish, this is so true. I am enjoying the fast pace and intensity of these projects as it reminds me of being in school.

May 13, 2013

Hi!! This post is about a trip I made to Xi’an last week. After so many days working I finally got some days off and I decided to take a train and go travel. I decided to go to Xi’an, it is one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history. I was really interested in going since it is home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, considered the “Eight Wonder of the World”. I had seen many documentaries about the history of this place and I was really excited I could go to see it with my own eyes.

May 13, 2013

HKS Architects, Inc. participated in the 4th annual Charity Bowling Tournament sponsored by Haworth and Interior Office Solutions. The HKS team “Brain Busters” won 2nd place and $300 for the charity of their choice, the Brain Injury Association of California. The Society helps people by providing information, resources, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.

May 9, 2013

Hi all! As I told you before one of my ideas on how to share my exchange experience is by letting you meet the people working in my host office. This time I am introducing you Wendy Jiang. Here are the answers she gave me. I elaborated a little bit on each of them after we went for lunch together and we talked about each question.

May 9, 2013

On April 11th, HKS participated in the IIDA Orange County’s 13thAnnual Haute Couture fashion show and was given the “Best Supporting Cast & Crew” award for the night among 10 design firms and five student teams. The event took place at the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom’s Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. The annual fashion show is a charity event sponsored by IIDA, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Olive Crest and Working Wardrobe charities.

May 6, 2013

Hi! On my second week here I went to have dinner with people from the office (and 2 other colleagues from Dallas office: Iris and Corrine). We went to a really nice Korean restaurant to say goodbye to Taylor. After dinner Taylor, Alex, Iris, Corrine and me, went to highest building in Shanghai… Shanghai World Financial Center. We went up to the 91st floor; we had a great view from the city! The next week I went to an AIA tour with Graham from the office. We joined a group of 25 architects to visit L’Avenue Tower at Hongqiao district. It is a new first-class retail and office complex being developed by Shanghai Luxchina Property Development Company. The building was designed by Jun Aoki, Japanese architect. The main façade contractor –Gartner Permasteelisa-, gave us a lecture on the process they followed since the design features an unusual free form façade. It was a really interesting tour. The next week we celebrated Jenny’s birthday, she invited me and the other girls for lunch.