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.

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.

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?

October 6, 2015

By Jeffrey Stouffer, AIA, ACHA, Executive Vice President/Health Group Director, HKS, Inc. and Sheryl Valentine, RN, BSN, MBB, MBA, MBOE, Lean Six Sigma Leader, Akron Children’s Hospital

Using a Lean process to achieve better outcomes in design, project delivery, construction and operations is something that sets Akron Children’s Hospital apart.

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.

April 7, 2015

By Ana Pinto-Alexander, Principal, Director of Healthcare Interiors, and Upali Nanda, Director of Research, HKS, Inc.

The patient-centered Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a surprise supporter of evidence-based design. Although HKS has been researching health environments for more than 20 years, the ACA’s reimbursement guidelines, based on clinical outcomes and patient experience, incentivizes healthcare providers to make informed, performance-driven, care-focused decisions. Ana Pinto-Alexander and Upali Nanda explore how healthcare reimbursement is changing the conversation around design, share key metrics that drive provider decisions and explain how healthcare interiors can be a performance improvement tool for healthcare facilities.

November 6, 2014

By Tim Logan, Associate, HKS LINE (Laboratory for Intensive Exploration)

“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying,” notes basketball great Michael Jordan. That’s the philosophy that drives HKS LINE to the forefront of architectural technology. I will discusses building energy monitoring from a pre- and a post-remodel stance, and what worked and what I learned from the experience. I also talk about a concept car I started building over a decade ago. What valuable lessons learned came from this experience? I am also creating a drone helicopter to be used in design. Like Bill Gates, I believe it is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Learn more about what I gained from my failures – the failures that propelled me to learn, grow and succeed.

September 8, 2014

By Kate Renner, Medical Planner, and Jennie Evans, Associate Principal, Programmer, HKS, Inc.

At HKS, we believe that every key design decision is a performance hypothesis, and 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. Join us as we will walk through the FPE process and key findings from evaluations conducted over the past seven years.

September 2, 2014

By Ryan Gathmann, AIA, HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (LINE), HKS, Inc.

When traditional Revit modeling was not feasible for the façade cladding and structure on the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, scripting was used to rationalize complex surfaces as well as generate and place structural steel members into the Revit model. Our healthcare practice is developing and using new tools to better evaluate the relationship between unit layouts and nurse walking distances. These are just a few of the ways HKS is utilizing computation to find better solutions to project challenges. Join me as I share real-world examples of using computational design on projects around the globe.