November 6, 2015

Elise LaPaglia, Josh Tooill, Donna Sharpe, Jen Faist, Lisa Adams

What an exciting time! The HKS Idea Fellowship is such an incredible opportunity and such a smart investment by HKS. Our team is well into our project, almost complete with our Phase 1: Literature Review.

November 2, 2015

Gary Hartfield

Week 1

October 30, 2015

Anne Rezac, Camilla Moretti, Lisa Adams, Steve Jacobson, Tyler Schwede

The HKS Idea Fellowship Outpatient Clinic team has hit the ground running, excited to pioneer into the next frontiers of outpatient clinic design. Picking up the baton from CADRE’s research on Clinic 20xx, the team is honing in on key targets to improve both organizational and cultural aspects of the outpatient clinic. Does the layout of a clinic impact utilization? Can modularity and standardization influence capacity of load leveling and efficiency? How can we better design staff workspaces to improve workflow and culture? Over the course of the next year, we hope to answer these questions and illustrate solutions on what tomorrow’s optimized clinic might look like.

October 23, 2015

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.

October 21, 2015

By Daniel Inocente, Kevin Vandeman

This is the Holistic Design Workflow team's first post in a series that will trace our research and development through the course of the HKS Idea Fellowship. Our research will be focused on the role of advanced computational processes and their implications on design to fabrication efficiencies. Through the implementation of integrated digital design and prototyping technologies, we are now beginning to see the potential for architects to eliminate the boundaries between design and fabrication processes.

October 5, 2015

Omar Reyes

I cannot leave Shanghai without writing something about this mega city’s cuisine. The Shanghai cuisine is the youngest among the major cuisines in China. Shanghai, being a relatively new city in China, does not really have a cuisine of its own, but successfully refines all the historical cookery of the surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The food is full of color, aromas and strong flavors. They use a lot of oil, soy sauce and red spices; so be careful when asking for something spicy when visiting, you might regret it. I decided to take several cooking classes to learn about this interesting cuisine and share my experience with you ...

September 10, 2015

Omar Reyes

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.

September 8, 2015

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.

September 3, 2015

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.

September 2, 2015

Ryan Moose

My HKS XChange journey began on a misty morning in early July in the James River City of Richmond. I was lucky enough to share this adventure with a beautiful co-pilot, my wife, which I would not have been able to do alone.