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September 21, 2017

By Franko Covington, senior associate, HKS London

On 5th of October, I will have the great honour of flying to Tanzania with a group of friends, colleagues and project team members to help to raise funds for an extraordinary cause by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, to the summit.

September 13, 2017

By Dan Noble, President & CEO

Today, from Chicago to London, Richmond to Dallas, HKS is redesigning several of our offices and leveraging them to communicate who we are and where we are going together as a fully-integrated global design firm. Here’s how that process is unfolding.

September 12, 2017

By Alex Briseno

Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. UNESCO City of Design.

September 6, 2017

HKS’ global health director, Jeffrey C. Stouffer, and director of research, Upali Nanda, are headed to Stanford Medicine X. Join us and gain insight on the future of health care design. Panel topics and times are as follows, see you there! The conference will be live-streamed in its entirety here.

September 5, 2017

By Lisa Adams, LEED AP ID+C

The average day for a high school student can be chaotic. As soon as the bedside alarm goes off, there’s sensory input coming from all angles: classroom bells ringing and voices ricocheting in hallways; lockers, doors and books slamming shut. An accidental shoulder bump, olfactory sensations of all kinds and exposure to varying degrees of light and temperature – add it all together and it can be mildly irritating for some, or more debilitating for others – leading to a sense of feeling overwhelmed, anxious and frustrated, impacting a teen’s mood, demeanor and ability to absorb instruction at school.

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.

July 11, 2017

By Kaitlyn Badlato, 2016 – 2017 HKS Health Fellow

Today’s hospitals struggle to find a balance between providing the highest quality of care, achieving high levels of patient and staff satisfaction, and realizing operational efficiency. Evolving patient care models and advances in medicine directly impact building standards, often resulting in increased facility size.

July 9, 2017

By Upali Nanda

Healthy Choices = Healthy Campuses: Point of Decision Design is a research study conducted by HKS, CADRE, and Planning4Health Solutions in 2016. This research was funded by an AIA Upjohn Grant, with additional support provided by Patcraft, DuPont and McCarthy. Click here to read an overview of our findings, or click here to download the full report. For additional information or to discuss the findings, contact

July 6, 2017

By Giyoung Park

In 2016, The American Society of Interior Designers awarded a Transform Grant to an interdisciplinary team to build a prototype space that examines how high school students interact with their environment and personalized learning programs. The team includes members from HKS, the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE), USG, the Dallas Independent School District, and Herman Miller.