2020 HKS Design Fellowship Southeast

By HKS

The Design Fellowship is an annual exercise that brings together designers from across the firm and the surrounding student community to explore big ideas, stimulate new thinking, and enhance methodology. The purpose of the Design Fellowship is to use design as an instrument for change in our communities to enhance the quality of design at HKS and cultivate emerging talent.  

Considered one of the least affordable housing markets in the U.S., Miami is facing a lack of viable housing that has caused a ripple effect, resulting in high poverty neighborhoods. Ironically, Miami was one of the first cities in the south to offer affordable housing but unfortunately it no longer does so. The current housing crisis has led to a condition of concentrated poverty that has been linked to higher crime as well as impaired mental and physical health for the lifetime of current residents and their children. Access to housing is only becoming scarcer with large developments pushing out current residents to produce luxury condominiums. The intent of the 2020 Southeast Design Fellowship is to offer our time and talent to Carrfour Supportive Housing to help tackle the issue of concentrated poverty by providing much needed housing, as well as supportive services as a pathway to self-sufficiency.  Our goal is to engage and enable emerging talent in the profession to develop design solutions that focus on community and resiliency in a sub-tropic climate.   

What does mixed-income housing look like in Miami Dade County’s oversaturation of luxury apartments? How can the community of Little Haiti become better integrated into the city fabric through means of inclusion and on-site supportive services? These are some of the questions the fellows will have to think about throughout their design explorations. 

Important Dates 

  • January 24th, 2020: applications due  
  • January 31st, 2020: fellows notified of acceptance  
  • February 7th, 2020: fellow confirmation due  
  • March 6-9th, 2020: Design Fellowship  

The Location  

The Southeast Design Fellowship 2020 will be hosted by the HKS Miami office at the following address:  

2020 Salzedo St, 4th Floor  
Coral Gables, Florida 33134  

The Application (Student)  

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students in architecture, interior design or other design programs.  

Entry Materials:  

  • Student application form 
  • 11 X 17 Design page – this can be a single image, a sampling of previous work, collage or whatever reflects who you are as a designer (no photos of yourself or name on the submission to keep anonymous please). 
  • Design Process – a description of your preferred design tools (Sketching skills, 3D modeling software, rendering software, etc.) 
  • Thesis – a paragraph explanation of your personal interest in concentrated poverty and how you plan to address this issue through design. 
  • Letter of recommendation – submitting a letter of recommendation is highly encouraged, however not required for selection to the Design Fellowship. 

The Application (HKS)  

HKS professionals working in one of the southeast region’s offices (Atlanta, Miami, or Orlando).  

Entry Materials:  

  • HKS employee application form 
  • 11 X 17 design page – this can be a single image, a sampling of previous work, collage or whatever reflects who you are as a designer (no photos of yourself or name on the submission to keep anonymous please). 
  • Design Process – a description of your preferred design tools (Sketching skills, 3D modeling software, rendering software, etc.) 
  • Thesis – a paragraph explanation of your personal interest in concentrated poverty and how you plan to address this issue through design. 

Submission  

Please send the application form and all entry materials, in PDF format, as well as any inquiries to: HKSdf_SouthEast@hksinc.com  

Selection

Candidates will be chosen by the design fellowship committee. All applicants will be notified via email within a week following the deadline. Fellows will be required to submit a headshot photo and brief bio upon notification for inclusion in the welcome packet and website announcement.  

HKS

HKS is a team of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.