May 12, 2015

With thousands of their peers gathering in Atlanta May 13-16 for the annual AIA National Convention, HKS’ Kirk Teske, FAIA, LEED Fellow, principal, chief operations officer and chief sustainability officer; Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, chairman; Sergio Saenz, Arq. Int’l. Assoc., associate principal and director of HKS Miami Hospitality Group; and Daron Andrus, AIA, associate principal and senior designer, are gearing up to share their insight and experience, with Teske delivering sustainable design knowledge, Hawkins presents on the business of architecture for emerging professionals and the future of the profession, while Saenz and Andrus offer hands-on advice in a workshop covering designing and delivering projects internationally. 

Teske is participating in three panel presentations this year, starting with The Energy Modeling Wizard Show on May 14. This lively session is intended to inspire participants to integrate energy modeling into their design process, especially during the schematic design phase. On May 15, he will take part in a session focused on materials selection with a panel entitled “Implementing Material Transparency into Firm Culture.” In this session, Teske will share information about HKS’ new mindful MATERIALS resource library labeling initiative, a program HKS is making available industrywide. The mindful MATERIALS program helps design professionals quickly and easily locate information about products’ material ingredients and environmental impact. Also on May 15, he joins a select panel of sustainability leaders chosen by the AIA Committee on The Environment (COTE) to speak about their vision in a session entitled “The Next 25 Years.” 

Hawkins' sessions kick off on May 13 when he presents a “Mini-MBA for Emerging Professionals: Mastering the Business of Architecture.” On Friday, May 15, he takes part in a presentation entitled “The Future Practice: Emerging Issues and Opportunities.” Starting his career in at HKS as an intern in 1973, Hawkins has 41 years of industry experience, accumulating wisdom that he will share with the young professionals attending the sessions.

Saenz and Andrus will take part in “Architecture Abroad: An International Practice Workshop” on May 13, in which expert practitioners and senior government officials offer insight on anticipating challenges, as well as the risks, opportunities and rewards of working in global markets. Both Saenz and Andrus have extensive international experience designing and managing hospitality projects, and each will present case studies on projects he has worked on in the Americas. Andrus will present a case study on the Dreams Las Mareas Resort in Costa Rica, in which he served as the senior lead designer. Dreams Las Mareas resort opened in November 2014. Meanwhile, Saenz’s two case studies include the Grand Solmar at Lands End, Los Cabos, Mexico, and the Four Seasons São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. 

While at the convention, Teske and the Class of 2015 AIA Fellows will also be honored at an investiture ceremony. This year, the AIA Jury of Fellows inducted 147 members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Teske is the 14th AIA Fellow within the ranks of HKS. 

 Teske, Hawkins and Andrus are based at HKS headquarters in Dallas. Saenz opened the HKS Hospitality Group’s Miami, Florida, studio just over a year ago. 

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,648 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 26 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at

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