HKS Health Fellowship


The HKS Health Fellowship is a one-year program developed to propel talented recent graduates who are committed to improving health care environments through design. The fellow pursues research while working on design projects in our award-winning health studio.

The prestigious fellowship — open to applicants finishing their undergraduate or graduate studies — is much more than an academic opportunity to delve into a topic of choice. The winning applicant is given full-time employment at HKS and the opportunity to continue his or her career with the firm after the one-year fellowship term.

Fellows work with some of the most influential architects and researchers in the profession and have access to networking and travel opportunities.

“[The Fellowship] got me into three conferences in my first year after graduation, and it put me in front of CEOs, allowed me to travel and it catered to what I thought was important. Research opened these previously inaccessible doors.”

-Tyler Schwede

How It Works

Each year, the HKS Health studio leadership and previous fellows assist the incoming fellow to develop a research topic. This topic will be based on the fellow’s particular area of interest and strategic initiatives within the HKS Health studio.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aging
  • Community/population health
  • Retail health
  • Mental and behavioral health

The fellow will also get the opportunity to attend one health-related conference to support research and education, coordinated through the committee of mentors.

At the end of the fellowship, the designer delivers results, such as a research paper or a design tool. 

Because of the location of key HKS health and research leaders, the firm prefers that the fellow be based in Dallas (home to HKS headquarters) or Detroit (a research hub). The fellow might have an opportunity to relocate to another HKS office at the conclusion of the fellowship.  

Important Dates 

Applications open  
November 22, 2019

Applications close 
January 15, 2020

Interviews via Skype
Early February

Fellow announced 

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“We prioritize research in everything we do, and the fellowship infuses this mentality into a unique entry-level position. It’s creating the next leaders in our firm.”

Southern Ellis

The Fellows

Hannah Shultz 
The Effect of Emergency Departments on Psychiatric Patients

Sophie Crocker
Outpatient Waiting Behaviours: A Cross-Cultural Pilot Study in the U.K. and China

Emily Johnson
Psychosocial Spaces, With a Deep Dive Into Pediatric Inpatient Units

Kaitlyn Badlato
Health Care Design Benchmarking and Data Collection

Chau Tran
Mindfulness and Compassion Architecture in Community Design

Tyler Schwede
Efficiency in planning: A Parametric Approach

Fang Xu
Cancer villages in China — A Study and Design of a Delivery Treatment Model

Joel Benavides
Future Health: A Framework for Design of Future Ambulatory Care Centers

Southern Ellis
Health Design in China – The Dawn of a New Dynasty

Lindsay Todd
Empathy + Healthcare Architecture

Kelly Harbacheck
Senior Living Design and Retirement Communities

Ashley Dias
An Enduring Foundation: The Evolution of Johns Hopkins Medicine


HKS is a team of more than 1,300 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.