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.


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.

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.

November 30, 2015

David Harper, Director of Higher Education, HKS, Inc.

What do today’s college students want in terms of residential environments? After analyzing a survey of more than 200 students, hosted by Florida International University, and interviewing student housing professionals nationwide, I have some answers. Through these research findings and studying past design changes in this field, both domestically and abroad, I will talk about the emerging trends that could directly impact student housing in the next 10 years. I also discuss how student housing will change in physical form in the upcoming years.

November 9, 2015

By Ken DeBoer, Vice President/Senior Laboratory Planner and Dave McGlashan, Vice President/Eastern Region Practice Leader, HKS, Inc.

What’s driving change in the laboratory market? A need for quality environments as organizations compete for the best and brightest. Environments that encourage collaboration to improve academic outcome and accelerate discovery. And precisely controlled environments housing sensitive instrumentation, where tomorrow’s innovations will be discovered — from finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease to curing Ebola — from preserving the environment to preserving public health — from engineering new systems of measurement to measure living biological process to engineering human organs. Join us as we talk about the business and art of science.

September 2, 2015

The not-for-profit research organization Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE), teaming up J.E. Dunn and HKS, Inc., presents a futuristic view of new healthcare myths and reality in Clinic 20XX. Through investigation with physicians, millennial and baby boomer patients, clinic providers and design professionals, the research team distilled diverse information into a prototype clinic that anticipates change on the frontlines. Join us as we share these findings that might be surprising to healthcare systems and designers.

August 26, 2015

By Bernita Beikmann, Principal/Director Lean Strategy, HKS, Inc.

Are you living your best, streamlined, Lean life? Do you want to spend more time with family members and friends or focus on your hobbies? Learn how using five Lean principles can help you do small things to improve the way you plan your time and manage everyday household tasks. These Lean concepts also apply in the office. Join me as I shares some tips, as well as video examples, of Lean practices being implemented by HKS employees around the world.

July 7, 2015

By Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Healthcare, and Nancy Hulsey, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Materials Specialist, HKS, Inc.

Did you know that the average American spends 92 percent of his or her time indoors? The materials we build with can affect our well-being as much as the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The chemical composition of most building products has been kept secret (often not even the manufacturer knows whether hazardous materials are present). Architects are in a unique position to influence manufacturers to eliminate toxic chemicals from the building products they provide and to educate owners to make informed decisions based on transparency and product declarations. When our buildings get healthier, so do we. Join us as we talk about what HKS is doing to impact the building products industry and educate our design staff.

April 16, 2015

By Jim Lennon, AIA, Vice President; David Vincent, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Designer and Director; and Michael P. Pietrzak, M.D., Senior Physician Strategist, HKS Team ED

ED rooms have increased from 80 to 140 square feet, or more, over the years. Jim Lennon, vice president, HKS Team ED, believes this is unnecessary. “About 40 to 50 percent of all ED experiences can be managed in a recliner-type environment. In essence, we are applying first-class style seating design to the ED experience. These private spaces allow patients to select their own environment – including music and lighting.” The goal is to reduce square footage requirements, along with staff and patient waiting times in a space-constrained emergency department, while increasing patient comfort and safety. Learn more about these new AIA/AAH healthcare design awarding-winning spaces – introduced in mock-up form at the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) worldwide conference during this informative JOIN US talk with Lennon, David Vincent and Michael P. Pietrzak, M.D.

April 7, 2015

By Ana Pinto-Alexander, Principal, Director of Healthcare Interiors, and Upali Nanda, Director of Research, HKS, Inc.

The patient-centered Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a surprise supporter of evidence-based design. Although HKS has been researching health environments for more than 20 years, the ACA’s reimbursement guidelines, based on clinical outcomes and patient experience, incentivizes healthcare providers to make informed, performance-driven, care-focused decisions. Ana Pinto-Alexander and Upali Nanda explore how healthcare reimbursement is changing the conversation around design, share key metrics that drive provider decisions and explain how healthcare interiors can be a performance improvement tool for healthcare facilities.

December 10, 2014

By Elise LaPaglia, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

How much more does it cost to design sustainably? What is integrative design? What does it mean for a building to be net zero? What is an HPD? What is the purpose of an eco-charrette? Why does sustainability matter to me? Join me for this interactive session of sustainability myth busting.