May 19, 2014

What does research have to do with design?  Everything.  The design process begins with research to determine the right approach and, ultimately, ends with testing the design to see if it achieved the desired goals.  Architects, planners and engineers are continually using this process in the pursuit of design innovation through meaningful measurements and analytics for improved outcomes for our clients.

In this issue of LINK, you will hear from Tom Harvey, founder of HKS’ non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), about the flurry of research activity that takes place behind the scenes and is integrated into the design process.

Upali Nanda, HKS’ director of research, assures that research is not rocket science and outlines six steps of the research process. She also explains in “Good Research is Good Business” how good research and design can affect building operational costs over time.

Kate Renner, designer with HKS, shows how the Functional Performance Evaluation is a great tool for better design.

Finally, read about the new breed of designer-researcher and what they are doing to be the bridge between research and practice.

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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 $84 billion in more than 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. 

For more information, contact Upali Nanda at, Tom Harvey at or Judy Little at

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