Knowledge

Our people and experience inform our knowledge base. Our research and future insight shape that knowledge into a vision of architecture. We invite you to explore the results.


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.

April 21, 2016

By John Hutchings, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal-in-Charge, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

In 2012, HKS was commissioned to build a new home for the storied Minnesota Vikings. One of the earliest and clearest project goals was to redefine the notion of a sustainable stadium. Our approach to the form was to reflect the specific location and climate of the site. It is an old way of thinking from times when buildings had to be responsive to the environment, or they would not last or be comfortable to inhabit; this is true sustainability.

March 31, 2016

By Randy Morton, AIA, Principal, Director of HKS Urban Design Studio

Life’s a beach. In fact, Earth is made up of 70 percent water; however, most of the land on Earth is NOT waterfront property. Designing for waterfront property presents a series of unique and impressive challenges that force architects to take a big-picture view — looking first at the here and now and also what could be in the future. Join me as I set the table for future waterfront developments, including timely examples in San Diego, California; and Irving, Texas. Waterfront in Dallas? You’re intrigued; now get informed. JOIN US by watching the below.

March 29, 2016

By Mo Stein, FAIA, FACHA, Principal, Fred Ortiz, AIA, Principal and Andy Henning, Principal, AIA, LEED AP, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

In many ways, spring training is the best part of baseball. For most, it is the closest a fan will ever come to professional sports teams, players and the field. Today, the expectations for spring training have evolved greatly. For fans, the expectation of an up-close opportunity to create their own stories and memories is more important than players, the best-of-class opportunity to excel and prepare mentally and physically is paramount. For communities, the integration of sports with expanding economic development is often the key to success.

March 28, 2016

By Lee Glenn, Associate Principal and Director of Aviation Design, HKS, Inc.

The relationship between technology and its impact on human experience has never been more poignant than in a world where we have the instant ability to access information from myriad sources, literally at our fingertips.

March 21, 2016

By Ken Stockdell, AIA, LEED BD+C, Vice President, Convention Center Group Practice Leader, HKS, Inc.

In January, I attended the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Convening Leaders conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. The PCMA is the leading authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.