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July 11, 2017

By Kaitlyn Badlato, 2016 – 2017 HKS Health Fellow

Today’s hospitals struggle to find a balance between providing the highest quality of care, achieving high levels of patient and staff satisfaction, and realizing operational efficiency. Evolving patient care models and advances in medicine directly impact building standards, often resulting in increased facility size.

July 9, 2017

By Upali Nanda

Healthy Choices = Healthy Campuses: Point of Decision Design is a research study conducted by HKS, CADRE, and Planning4Health Solutions in 2016. This research was funded by an AIA Upjohn Grant, with additional support provided by Patcraft, DuPont and McCarthy. Click here to read an overview of our findings, or click here to download the full report. For additional information or to discuss the findings, contact

July 6, 2017

By Giyoung Park

In 2016, The American Society of Interior Designers awarded a Transform Grant to an interdisciplinary team to build a prototype space that examines how high school students interact with their environment and personalized learning programs. The team includes members from HKS, the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE), USG, the Dallas Independent School District, and Herman Miller.

June 7, 2017

In this second post of a two-part feature, four new members of the HKS interior design team—Jill Duncan, David Lubin, Grant Kanik and Gracie Andraos—share their perspectives on the evolution of interior design at HKS and professional development advice for young designers.

June 7, 2017

We sat down with four new members of the HKS interior design team—Jill Duncan, David Lubin, Grant Kanik and Gracie Andraos—to glean their insights about the state of design today. In the first of a two-part story, they share their points of view on the forces driving change for our interior design clients.

December 8, 2016

By Eddie Abeyta, AIA, LEED AP, principal and commercial design director, HKS, Inc.

Prominently situated on a historic hillside overlooking the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor is a premier entertainment destination and the first luxury gaming resort in the Capital Region. HKS designed MGM National Harbor to be a striking landmark to its community and gateway into Maryland. The architectural vision embodies a modern, bold and progressive design, while respecting the traditions of the District’s architecture and sense of place.

July 19, 2016

By Jennifer Kolstad, IIDA, ASID, Associate AIA, Director of Interior Architecture, HKS, Inc., Shannon Kraus, FAIA, Principal/Board of Directors, HKS, Inc. and Upali Nanda, Ph.D., Associate AIA, Director of Research, HKS, Inc. and Executive Director, CADRE

Genomics, big data and continuous health information tracking contribute to personalized health and precision medicine. When communities are designed to keep people out of hospitals and invest in healthy lives and lifestyles, they are moving beyond traditional healthcare, toward personalized health and collective consciousness. What is the design response to these dramatic shifts? What skills are needed to make these personalized systems work? What do effective teams look like? What does success look like? JOIN US, along with our clients, John Kouletsis with Kaiser Permanente and Judson Orlando with Children’s Health, as we discuss this thought-provoking topic, moderated by Metropolis’ Susan Szenasy.

June 23, 2016

By Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, Lean-Six Sigma CE, LEED AP BD+C, Architect and Medical Planner, HKS, Inc.

At HKS, we believe that every key design decision is a performance hypothesis, and we are committed to testing the success of our designs after occupancy. As part of this ongoing commitment, HKS has developed a Post-Occupancy tool, a Functional Performance Evaluation (FPE) focused on evaluating the current operations in the overall facility, and in its individual departments, after the facility has been in full operation for at least one year. I walk through the key findings from the 13 FPEs conducted by HKS over the past decade and talk about what is coming next for the FPE process.

June 14, 2016

By Angela Ramer, Design Anthropologist/Research Analyst, HKS, Inc.

Everyone has his or her own definition of what work is, what today’s workplace should look like and how the workplace should perform. In an industry obsessed with metrics, critical of the cubicle and the open office, how do you decide what’s best for your company?

May 9, 2016

By Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal and Leslie Hanson, AIA, Principal, HKS Inc.

Urban health facilities are as varied and vibrant as the people they serve. From small clinics to large medical centers, these facilities are designed and built for efficiency, comfort, convenience and quality care. They are also carefully interwoven into the fabric of urban life.