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This past weekend I decided to go to the city of Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is considered one of the seven ancient capitals of China. Although I took the two-hour bullet train, Hangzhou proved to be one of the most difficult places for me to get around. No one spoke English at the station and taking a taxi was also eventful. Luckily, I found someone who spoke English to save the day. When I arrived at the hotel, I thought my communication nightmare was over, but I was sadly mistaken. With only one English-speaking employee, even asking for a towel was a challenge. I persevered and rented a bicycle and ventured out to explore this great city, with my translation app, of course.
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.
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.