June 19, 2014

H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, chairman, Craig Williams, AIA, Esq., chief legal officer, and Sergio Saenz, Arq, Intl. Assoc. AIA, director of the Miami hospitality studio, all with HKS, Inc., will join the best and brightest at AIA National Convention, June 26 - 28 in Chicago. Designing, directing and delivering thought-provoking insight in the architectural summit of America, Chicago. 

Hawkins will participate in a panel designed specifically for emerging professionals and upcoming industry leaders from a wide array of firms, in addition to those with firm entrepreneurship in their future. The intensive four-hour workshop will take place on June 25. The session is cleverly named “Mini-MBA for emerging Professionals” (Mastering the Business of Architecture). Industry leaders will provide insight and advice to the next generation of architects and industry frontrunners.

Once a young professional navigating the paths of the architectural world, Hawkins has 41 years of industry experience, accumulating wisdom that he will share with the young professionals attending the session.

Williams will speak about an important, innovative study led by the AIA Large Firm Roundtable and an assortment of co-sponsors and researchers. This new study explores uncertainty and expectations in architectural design and building processes, identifying factors involved in improbability and includes suggestions for enhancement of performance and process. The research will include data from 300 project owners, architects and contractors, and will be published as a McGraw-Hill “SmartMarket Report” later this year.

Williams, with a background in law and architecture, enjoys meshing the business and architectural spheres, and provides astute guidance in topics involving law and architecture.

Saenz is set to present during the pre-convention, full-day workshop on June 25, which features 20 presentations covering eight global markets. He will host a session discussing the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Brazil, covering the country's economic forecast, labor markets and the realities for architects working in Brazil and Latin America.

Saenz, with project experience throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, South America, the Middle East and China, directs HKS Miami's hospitality studio.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six 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 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Kathryn Stouffer at kstouffer@hksinc.com or Sherri Smith at ssmith1@hksinc.com.

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