2018 HKS Design Fellowship Midwest: A Resilient Makerspace for Chicago

  • Tyler Schwede
  • Lauren Stark

The HKS Design Fellowship is an annual design exercise that brings together creatives from across HKS to explore big ideas and stimulate new thinking. Our goal is to cultivate emerging design talent as we enrich the quality of design at HKS. We connect students, emerging design professionals and community leaders in conversation around real-world conditions that could benefit from design and creative dialogue.

This year, unique design fellowships will be hosted by the HKS offices in Chicago (Midwest DF), Washington, D.C. (Mid-Atlantic DF) and Orlando (Southeast DF).

In 2017, HKS Chicago moved into a new office, which we think of as a Living Lab. It’s a studio that reflects our core design beliefs, one of which is a commitment to resilience and well-being. Building upon that spirit, we will partner with Illinois Green Alliance to host the 2018 HKS Midwest Design Fellowship.

The program for this year’s HKS Design Fellowship Midwest will center on creating conceptual designs for a new makerspace and collaborative green hub for Chicago. This new place will provide a location for people to gather, share and build ideas. We’ll incorporate both educational and community spaces into our proposals. Our hope is that with our conceptual designs in hand, Illinois Green Alliance may inspire investment in this proposed new space.

Tyler Schwede

Tyler Schwede is a Designer at HKS. With a specialty in health design, he works with clients to uncover answers to their most complex problems through an iterative design process that seeks new efficiencies. A former Health Fellow and Idea Fellow at HKS, he has also been a speaker at the Healthcare Design Conference and Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.

Lauren Stark

Lauren Stark is a Designer at HKS. She was the Design Leader for ProMedica Headquarters in Toledo, an elegant and award-winning reimagining of a former steam plant and a brutalist building that was featured in several publications. In 2018, she was co-leader of HKS' Design Fellowship Midwest and led a team in the development of a green makerspace in Chicago.