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.

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.

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 8, 2016

Jim Lennon, AIA, with HKS Team ED, talks about ED design trends at the 2015 ACEP Scientific Assembly. Learn more about the space saving, high-tech modular pods that maximize staffing efficiency, space and the patient experience.

March 8, 2016

Mik Pietrzak, M.D. with HKS Team ED, talks about ED design trends at the 2015 ACEP Scientific Assembly. He discusses the innovative infection control concept that promotes a unidirectional flow strategy with an exit room on the backside of the isolation room. This scheme eliminates hazardous backtracking of contamination.

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.

November 4, 2015

By Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Vice President/Director of Sustainability, HKS, Inc.

In October, I had the honor to present at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas, to talk about the role that public interest design projects play in transforming communities, as well as the design firms that do the work: what we gain, and how we learn and grow as a result.

October 16, 2015

What are the coolest projects our S&T team members have worked on in the past? Take a behind-the-scenes listen. Mike Smith, principal, national Science & Technology practice leader; Michael Ufer, associate principal, Central Region Science & Technology practiceleader; Chris Knell, associate principal, Western Region Science & Technology practice leader; Dave McGlashan, vice president, Eastern Region Science & Technology practice leader; and Ken DeBoer, vice president, senior laboratory planner, sit down and talk shop.

September 10, 2015

Why do S&T architects do what they do? What inspires them? Listen to our team talk about blurring the lines between science and architecture. Mike Smith, principal, national Science & Technology practice leader; Michael Ufer, associate principal, Central Region Science & Technology practice leader; Chris Knell, associate principal, Western Region Science & Technology practice leader; Dave McGlashan, vice president, Eastern Region Science & Technology practice leader; and Ken DeBoer, vice president, senior laboratory planner, sit down and talk shop.