Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow
Associate Principal, Chief Sustainability Officer

“What we do matters. Architecture matters. It matters to our clients, to the building users, to the larger community and to the long-term health of the planet. It is also good business.”


About Rand

Rand’s philosophy: This century brings enormous opportunity for design thinking to address the complex issues surrounding the intersection of the built and natural environments. This makes the work of architecture complex, exciting and rewarding. Years ago, sustainability and design were considered distinct. Today, high design and high performance have become one and the same. Design, sustainability, high-performance, green, ecological design — call it what you like; this is practice at HKS.

Being a part of HKS allows Rand to have a real impact in issues he cares deeply about. Simply stated, this is architecture’s role in healing the planet and maintaining the health and prosperity of all people. This is not a single act, an individual project or a one-time relationship. Rand feels fortunate to have a role at HKS that allows him to influence projects, practice and clients through creative consulting endeavors.

Professional Credentials
Registered Architect: Illinois
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Fellow

Education
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles