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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.

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.

November 20, 2014

By Ramon Cavazos, AIA, NCARB, CCCA, Associate, HKS, Inc.

Growing student achievement by tailoring learning for student strengths, needs and interests is the goal of the Dallas Independent School District’s (DISD) personalized learning initiative. Since no two students are exactly alike, no two student learning experiences should be exactly alike, either.

March 3, 2014

By Heath May, AIA, Vice President/Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (LINE)

Architects are discovering new ways to leverage advancements in technology to shift building design from a prescriptive approach to a performance-based process. Today, we have the ability to evaluate performance metrics of different iterations during the design process – enabling optimized solutions. Research, serving as the engine in the evolution of architecture, plays a vital role in performative design allowing us to seek advanced understanding of systems, materiality and tectonics.

February 17, 2014

By Dan Noble, President and CEO, HKS, Inc.

Join HKS for a year of events that will inform, inspire and start important conversations. We’re celebrating 75 years in the making. We’re going places. Are you along for the ride? The Join Us campaign will build momentum throughout the year with events, conferences, podcasts and more, with an emphasis on intelligence leadership. Topics range from “LEED v4: Mastering the Learning Curve” to “Thinking like a Researcher and Storyteller” to “Community Resiliency.”

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.

July 10, 2013

By Chris Mundell, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President and Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

With an overwhelming 86 percent vote, theU.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) membership approved the fourth version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program on July 1, 2013. LEED v4 will be released at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013.

May 30, 2013

By Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Education Group Director, HKS, Inc.

As an architect, I am aware of subconscious impressions transmitted by physical environments, built or natural. In fact, these perceptions are the palette we work with to influence human behavior and response. Beyond technical and aesthetic aspects of our profession, architects are perceptual psychologists and experience designers.