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.


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?

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.

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.

February 12, 2015

By Mik Pietrzak, MD, HKS Strategic Initiatives and David Duthu, CCRD

In response to the ongoing Ebola Crisis in West Africa, an esteemed panel of healthcare providers, government agencies and aid organizations gathered at the “Digital Aid: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis” panel on February 11 in Washington, D.C.

October 10, 2013

By Mason Couvillion, Associate AIA, Healthcare Planner/Designer, HKS, Inc.; Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, MBA, Healthcare Practice Leader and Senior Planner/Designer, HKS, Inc.; and Lindsey Waters, Associate AIA, Healthcare/Urban Designer, HKS, Inc.

Healthcare and cities in the United States are simultaneously evolving with a focus on the individual and a renewed understanding of health and wellness. As the population becomes more aware of its health, urban areas continue to grow in ways that promote walkability, healthy food choices and green space for recreation and respite. The healthcare industry has an opportunity, unlike ever before, to be directly involved with the consumer on an almost-daily basis.

September 10, 2013

By Brian Wolfe, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

The day of your father’s architect is a bygone era. Unlike simpler days, designers today must consider far more than aesthetics and the safety and welfare of building occupants; they also must integrate energy-modeling strategies throughout the design process to benefit everyone in the end – people, planet and the bottom line.

September 10, 2013

By Chris Mundell, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President/Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.; Ellen Mitchell-Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate/Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.; Nancy Hulsey, LEED AP BD+C, Executive Sustainability Administrator and Resource Center Manager, HKS, Inc.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program continues to influence our industry and forge new guidelines for a cleaner, greener path toward sustainable communities. The newest version, LEED v4 beta program, addresses important multi-faceted strategies that advance building performance to superior levels, as well as ensure that construction worker and building occupant health is part of the equation.

September 10, 2013

By Kirk Teske, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Chief Sustainability Officer, Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS, Inc.

Architects have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals. This provocative statement was made by a physician, Dr. Claudia Miller, an assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Medicine, during our Healthy Building Materials panel discussion at HKS’s second annual GreenWeek.

August 22, 2013

By Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President/Director of Design, HKS, Inc.

Buildings today are conceived and constructed in much the same way as they were hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. A design team envisions what can be and draws this up conferring with a builder on how to get it done, the builder sets out to build the design and confers with the design team about intent, there is much conflict and camaraderie and moments of exhaustion and exhilaration, and then one day the building is finished and put to use.