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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

Dr. Upali Nanda

People

Dr. Upali Nanda

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Cocoon 2.0: Designing Respite Space for a Cacophonic World

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Pop-Up Sensory Design Lab

Award

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

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Jonathan Essary

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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Dr. Upali Nanda

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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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Healthy Choices = Healthy Campuses

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Dr. Casey Lindberg

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Can Design Help Curb College Drop-out Rates?

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

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Curbed: Can Your City Change Your Mind?

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Taking Measure of the Living Lab

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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

LINE

Can Design Data & Emerging Technology Lead to Innovation?

LINE, the Laboratory for Intensive Exploration, is an HKS design research team that focuses on the intersection between emerging technologies and architectural methodologies. LINE seeks to elevate modes of architectural production through intensive explorations in systems, materials, processes and tool sets.

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Heath May

People

Heath May

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Pacific Plaza Park Pavilion

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Building With Data: How HKS’ LINE Innovation Team Drives Change Using Algorithms, Creativity, Nature

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Alcon Novartis Dining Facility

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HKS LINE Aids in the Development of the L.A. Rams Stadium's Skin

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HKS Receives 2018 Unbuilt Design Award for Pacific Plaza Park Pavilion

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Harnessing Daylight

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Multistory Residential Buildings in North Greece: Balancing Between Daylight and Thermal Performance Through Façade Strategies

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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

Well-being

Being & Designing WELL

Design can improve how people perceive their own well-being, and it can also promote better health. We harness the profound impact of the natural environment to improve well-being. Our goal is to create sustainable environments that are good for the earth and good for people, regenerating and elevating the body and spirit.

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Rand Ekman

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Building Entire Communities WELL

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HKS Singapore Becomes First Historic Shophouse to Achieve Green Mark Gold Plus Certification

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HKS' Kate Davis Talks to CNN About How Office Buildings Are Reducing Their Carbon Footprint

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Working WELL

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Dr. Tommy Zakrzewski

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HKS CEO Dan Noble and The Case for Zero Energy Buildings

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HKS Launches mindful MATERIALS: New Tool Helps Designers Make Healthy Choices