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.


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.”

December 19, 2013

By Mark Buskuhl, DIrector for Commercial Architecture, HKS, Inc.

Avon Cosmetics recently developed its new European headquarters on the site of its former production facility in the heart of Northampton, United Kingdom and helped bring life to this prime, largely undeveloped area as a part of a regeneration of the region.

November 13, 2013

By Julie Wellik, Communications Manager, HKS, Inc.

As if the complexity of delivering top-notch construction administration services in the U.S. isn’t enough, just think about what it’s like in another country. Imagine dancing daily with the details of language, cultural nuances and norms; dealing with local, state and federal authorities and construction laws, foreign building codes, technologies, subcontractors and consultants, materials availability; deciphering contract documents … is your head spinning yet? Come along for an around-the-globe tour of what’s happening, what’s new or different and how CA gets done, international style: with hefty amounts of skill, communication, flexibility, teamwork and mutual respect.

August 22, 2013

By Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, President and CEO, HKS, Inc.

A driving demand for international expertise in the planning and design of projects is apparent. However, providing these services internationally comes with a set of considerations and challenges that differ from those in the U.S.

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.

November 27, 2012

By Angela Lee, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Associate Principal and Healthcare Architect/Designer/Planner, HKS, Inc.; Patricia Williams, MS, CE, President, Global Health Services Network; and Joyce Durham, RN, AIA, Principal, Health Strategies & Solutions, Inc.

Growth in local economies, the ability of the informed consumer to pay for healthcare services and strained resources in the public sector are driving demand for private hospitals in emerging markets around the world. Some governments are responding to the demands of the informed consumer by updating and renovating their hospitals. If governments are not able to deliver the level of care the public demands, opportunities are created for the private sector.