We embrace our Brand Vision in all our work:

Creating places that enhance the human experience 

Architecture not only reflects our time and culture, but also shapes it. As architects and designers, we create settings to inspire the way we live, learn, heal, work and play. It is our essential humanity that moves us to do good, create places that facilitate activity and bring joy to the human spirit.


We are ONE
HKS is a worldwide network of professionals, strategically located and working seamlessly as one firm with individual expertise in design, research and management. We work together in teams across offices and across sectors to deliver exceptional value to our clients. The value of talent, experience and knowledge from across the globe is multiplied when shared.


By 2020, our clients and the industries we serve will recognize HKS as a trusted partner and transformational organization providing the highest level of service, design, technical expertise and business performance globally while creating places that enhance the human experience.

Core Competencies

We Value Design
Weaving together beauty, function and permanence, great design captures imaginations, transforms organizations and brings return on capital investments. Design reinvigorates, reinvents and conserves resources. HKS cultivates the power of design through talent, experience, technical expertise and innovative processes. We place design at the heart of all our thinking and work. 

We Are Partners in Business
Client-focused and value-driven, HKS applies sound business practices and respects the financial objectives of our clients. We deliver targeted outcomes based on economy, function and aesthetics, and we accomplish this through effective communication, innovative design services, intensive process planning and stakeholder collaboration. We dedicate ourselves to continuous performance improvement and industry-leading quality management to attract and retain clients who value our trusted partnership. 

We Value Learning
HKS is committed to mastering change as a true learning organization. We create the structure and environment for learning to continually transform our organization. We foster dialogue for inspiration, innovation and personal growth. We thrive in a learning environment that attracts and challenges our talent. We generate and share our research through partnership with universities, agencies and think tanks to accelerate the transfer of ideas, improve outcomes and better prepare for the future.

We Promote Diversity
Diversity is critical to delivering professional services as worldwide thought leaders. Our diversity enables us to relate to each other through deeper understanding of our cultural, emotional, physical and psychological needs. As we work around the globe, we strategically develop collaborative teams that communicate more effectively while inspiring innovative solutions with unique perspectives. Embracing diversity, we communicate openly through shared histories and experiences.

We Protect Our Environment
To sustain quality of life for today and for the future, HKS is committed to conserving and protecting our environment. We recognize that sustainable knowledge and practices give us value in the marketplace, open up new opportunities for revenue growth and enhance HKS as the firm of choice. We are dedicated to good stewardship of the Earth’s resources while acting responsibly to our neighbors and for generations to come.


Demonstrate compelling design, communication, innovation and teamwork

Responsive Service
Provide to our clients, firm, teams, profession and community

Work Ethic
Serve our clients and staff in a passionate, productive and positive manner

Commitment with Honesty and Integrity
Impart with clients and coworkers, and through our quality of life

Exemplify proactive, solution-oriented leadership to our clients and within the firm

No Bureaucracy
Maintain small firm simplicity and quickness with clear, concise and seamless communication

Remain a Learning Organization
Continue to learn, improve and mentor

Master Change
Exceed the rate of change in our industry

Mutual Respect and Dignity
Uphold with our clients, coworkers and families

Career Opportunities
Create fair opportunities for staff to grow in their careers and experiences

Business-Centered Practice
Act ethically and thrive as proactive, fiscally-responsive leaders