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.


September 12, 2017

By Matt Brown

AIA Detroit recently announced that Robert (Bob) Piatek, HKS Detroit’s office director, is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Charles Blessing Award, recognizing architects “who show leadership in planning and civic issues and exemplify the vision, commitment and the accomplishments of Charles A. Blessing.” We sat down with Bob to discuss community activism in the Motor City, and how our Detroit office is evolving with its community.

August 18, 2017

Co-authors: Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP, principal, HKS, and Thomas Gunnell, former chief operations officer, Katy ISD

The lore of “Friday Night Lights” has inspired community gatherings for generations across the state of Texas. These end-of-week events and the settings that host them form indelible impressions in young minds. School districts and their constituents understand their shared meaning and positive impact.

August 8, 2017

By Mary Alice Palmer and Thomas E. Sprinkle, AIA

The excitement we feel when a project we’ve designed prepares to open never gets old. The sense of anticipation; watching it all come together after years in the making … there is nothing quite like it. We’re feeling it now as the W Hotel Bellevue opens its doors.

August 7, 2017

An interview with Evelyn Reyers and Corrine Kipp

Being a teen—making the transition from childhood into adulthood—is a time in life characterized by emotional and physical change and uncertainty. For teens and young adults with cancer, it is even more so.

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.

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.

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.