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.


October 6, 2015

By Jeffrey Stouffer, AIA, ACHA, Executive Vice President/Health Group Director, HKS, Inc. and Sheryl Valentine, RN, BSN, MBB, MBA, MBOE, Lean Six Sigma Leader, Akron Children’s Hospital

Using a Lean process to achieve better outcomes in design, project delivery, construction and operations is something that sets Akron Children’s Hospital apart.

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.

April 16, 2015

By Upali Nanda, Sipra Pati and Adeleh Nejati, HKS, Inc. and Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE)

Literature emphasizes the importance of the healthcare workplace and the effect on patient outcomes. What is lacking are studies conducted on-site and used for immediate application in design to assess and improve workplace conditions.

November 6, 2014

By Tim Logan, Associate, HKS LINE (Laboratory for Intensive Exploration)

“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying,” notes basketball great Michael Jordan. That’s the philosophy that drives HKS LINE to the forefront of architectural technology. I will discusses building energy monitoring from a pre- and a post-remodel stance, and what worked and what I learned from the experience. I also talk about a concept car I started building over a decade ago. What valuable lessons learned came from this experience? I am also creating a drone helicopter to be used in design. Like Bill Gates, I believe it is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Learn more about what I gained from my failures – the failures that propelled me to learn, grow and succeed.

September 8, 2014

By Kate Renner, Medical Planner, and Jennie Evans, Associate Principal, Programmer, HKS, Inc.

At HKS, we believe that every key design decision is a performance hypothesis, and 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. Join us as we will walk through the FPE process and key findings from evaluations conducted over the past seven years.

September 2, 2014

By Ryan Gathmann, AIA, HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (LINE), HKS, Inc.

When traditional Revit modeling was not feasible for the façade cladding and structure on the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, scripting was used to rationalize complex surfaces as well as generate and place structural steel members into the Revit model. Our healthcare practice is developing and using new tools to better evaluate the relationship between unit layouts and nurse walking distances. These are just a few of the ways HKS is utilizing computation to find better solutions to project challenges. Join me as I share real-world examples of using computational design on projects around the globe.

July 7, 2014

By Upali Nanda, Director of Research, and Jason Schroer, Senior Project Designer, HKS, Inc.

Is the cost of investing in research justified? The ethical directive for doing research, doing the right thing, often is clear but not chosen. HKS believes that doing the right thing is also the smart thing. Taking examples from the A/E/C and other industries, we show that research has always laid the foundation for innovation. We also share examples of projects where using evidence-informed decisions and measured impact have been linked to improved outcomes with a clear fiscal bottom-line implication.

June 13, 2014

By Upali Nanda, Director of Research; Emily Seibert, Director of Creative Services; and Angela Ramer, Anthropologist, HKS, Inc.

Research. It’s relevant, vital and life-changing. It opens the door to change and innovation. How do you share research in a compelling, easy-to-understand way? We worked together to analyze typical research findings in an informative and, dare we say, entertaining way, debunking some of the common myths about research and showing that it is no more, and no less, than storytelling with data.

March 13, 2014

By Upali Nanda, Director of Research, HKS, Inc. and Tom Harvey, Director, CADRE

Often, even with the best intentions, taking time to look at research or invest in research is a huge challenge.

June 14, 2013

By Upali Nanda, Debajyoti Pati, Hessam Ghamari and Robyn Bajema

The argument that the environment impacts human perception and behaviour, and vice versa, is not a new one. What is lacking however is a fine-grained, deep understanding of the neural underpinnings that drive human behaviour as a result of environmental interaction.