How We Think

We view design as a process of exploration and discovery fueled by limitless thinking.

Our design research and development teams have learned that we must test, tinker, build and break things to make them better the next time. That’s why research is key to our design practice. It’s a platform for us to experiment, to improve, and to deliver the extraordinary.

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The HKS Lab

The HKS Lab is a dedicated space on the seventh floor of our Dallas headquarters devoted to exploring, generating ideas, and advancing design through research. The Lab is a place where design teams, clients, industry professionals and academic partners converge. Together, we connect systematic inquiry with creative thinking, adapting a think-make-test framework.

The Latest From Our Lab

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Cocoon 2.0: Designing Respite Space for a Cacophonic World

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How to Build a Sensory Well-Being Hub and Sensory Cocoon: An Open Source Instruction Guide

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Pop-Up Sensory Design Lab

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Upali Nanda, PhD

Director of Research

Principal

Assoc. AIA, EDAC, ACHE

Detroit

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Fast Company: HKS' Sensory Well-Being Hub a 2018 Innovation by Design Finalist

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Delos and HKS Announce Strategic Partnership to Study the Impact of the Built Environment on Health and Well-Being

Research

How Do We Test the Limits of What Design Can Do?

We’re looking to raise expectations about how research improves design. Research enables us to create environments based on the best possible insight. It assures our clients that scientific knowledge informs our design decisions. Informed intent and meaningful, measurable impact are foundations for our responsible design approach.

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FleXX: A Study of Flexibility in Outpatient Settings

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Designing Cancer Care Facilities of the Future

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Architectural Record Honors Dr. Upali Nanda of HKS With 2018 Innovator Award

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Can Design Help Curb College Drop-out Rates?

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Dr. Deborah Wingler Joins HKS Research Team

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Clinic 20XX: What do Boomers and Millennials Want from Clinics?

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Taking Measure of the Living Lab

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Casey Lindberg, PhD

Senior Design Researcher

Assoc. AIA

Denver

Our environments influence our perceptions, blending social, ecological and technological phenomena to encourage a conversation with the world we inhabit.

Heath May

Director of LINE

Principal

AIA

Creating spaces that bring joy, comfort and positive connection to underserved communities has deepened my own relationship with design.

Lisa Adams

Principal

Interior Designer

NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C