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.


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 3, 2017

by Mark Williams

In Canton, Ohio, fans gather annually to witness a spectacle unlike any other in the world of sports. Seven gods of the gridiron stand center stage before 20,000 cheering fans when they are enshrined into one of the world’s most exclusive fraternities, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since it was founded in 1963, only 310 individuals have achieved this honor, including this year’s inductees.

April 21, 2016

By John Hutchings, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal-in-Charge, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

In 2012, HKS was commissioned to build a new home for the storied Minnesota Vikings. One of the earliest and clearest project goals was to redefine the notion of a sustainable stadium. Our approach to the form was to reflect the specific location and climate of the site. It is an old way of thinking from times when buildings had to be responsive to the environment, or they would not last or be comfortable to inhabit; this is true sustainability.

March 29, 2016

By Mo Stein, FAIA, FACHA, Principal, Fred Ortiz, AIA, Principal and Andy Henning, Principal, AIA, LEED AP, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

In many ways, spring training is the best part of baseball. For most, it is the closest a fan will ever come to professional sports teams, players and the field. Today, the expectations for spring training have evolved greatly. For fans, the expectation of an up-close opportunity to create their own stories and memories is more important than players, the best-of-class opportunity to excel and prepare mentally and physically is paramount. For communities, the integration of sports with expanding economic development is often the key to success.

January 20, 2016

By John Hutchings, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Sports Principal-in-Charge, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

HKS could have designed a simple roof for the new U. S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Our clients, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings, agreed that use of the standard retractable roof used in sports stadiums would be limited by the area’s cold climate.

July 14, 2015

By Mark Williams, AIA, Principal, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

Before the players hit the court for the 2015 NCAA March Madness, a group of collegiate sports authorities gathered to host a candid discussion on maximizing current and future basketball facilities.

June 6, 2014

By David Kozack, Vice President and Director of HKS EXPlore , HKS, Inc.

Can brand make a difference when combined thoughtfully with architecture? HKS EXPlore believes in embedding brand into the ambient social complexities of the physical world. Find out about the importance and strategic advantage of brand integration within architecture at the new Minneapolis Multipurpose Center, TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium and other key projects. Buildings are one of the most important drivers to a company brand. We also discuss the process and capabilities needed to create better buildings and experiences and why it is important to incorporate brand in every aspect of design.

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.”

January 2, 2014

By Alex Thomas and Paul Hyett, HKS Sports and Entertainment Group

Figures and decorative scenes were regularly incorporated into the external façades and interiors of the buildings of classical Greece and Rome, and the narratives depicted by such work are deeply informative of the culture and history of those times. Ancient stadiums were amongst the myriad building types to receive such embellishment – the Altis of Olympia, where the first Olympics were held some 2,700 years ago, and the Colosseum of Rome, being just two of many examples. Sadly, with the fall of Rome, the stadium as a building typology also fell into general decline.