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.


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 8, 2017

By Camilla Moretti, Steve Jacobson, Lisa Adams, Tyler Schwede and Anne Rezac

As part of HKS’ Idea Fellowship, our team comprised of architects and designers in our Detroit and Chicago HKS offices asked: What if we thought differently about outpatient clinics, and measured the impact of our design? By conducting a yearlong analysis of a new HKS-designed outpatient center in Sylvania, Ohio, this team of Idea Fellows learned that standardization leads to measurable savings in time and money for outpatient clinics—and even improves patient satisfaction.

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 23, 2017

Look for HKS at this year’s Building Healthcare Innovation and Design Show in Dubai, at booth 7.D10. HKS team members will be speaking at five events and would love to connect with you at any one of them. Panel topics and times are as follows. See you there!

August 7, 2017

An interview with Evelyn Reyers and Corrine Kipp

Being a teen—making the transition from childhood into adulthood—is a time in life characterized by emotional and physical change and uncertainty. For teens and young adults with cancer, it is even more so.

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 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.

May 9, 2016

By Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal and Leslie Hanson, AIA, Principal, HKS Inc.

Urban health facilities are as varied and vibrant as the people they serve. From small clinics to large medical centers, these facilities are designed and built for efficiency, comfort, convenience and quality care. They are also carefully interwoven into the fabric of urban life.