HKS Health Fellowship

By HKS

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.

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

Important Dates 

Applications open  
November 22, 2019

Applications close 
January 15, 2020

Interviews via Skype
Early February

Fellow announced 
Mid-February

Link to apply coming soon.

“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

2019-2020
Hannah Shultz 
The Effect of Emergency Departments on Psychiatric Patients

2019-2018
Sophie Crocker
Outpatient Waiting Behaviours: A Cross-Cultural Pilot Study in the U.K. and China

2017-2018
Emily Johnson
Psychosocial Spaces, With a Deep Dive Into Pediatric Inpatient Units

2016-2017
Kaitlyn Badlato
Health Care Design Benchmarking and Data Collection

2015-2016 
Chau Tran
Mindfulness and Compassion Architecture in Community Design

2014-2015
Tyler Schwede
Efficiency in planning: A Parametric Approach

2013-2014
Fang Xu
Cancer villages in China — A Study and Design of a Delivery Treatment Model

2012-2013
Joel Benavides
Future Health: A Framework for Design of Future Ambulatory Care Centers

2011-2012
Southern Ellis
Health Design in China – The Dawn of a New Dynasty

2010-2011
Lindsay Todd
Empathy + Healthcare Architecture

2009-2010
Kelly Harbacheck
Senior Living Design and Retirement Communities

2008-2009
Ashley Dias
An Enduring Foundation: The Evolution of Johns Hopkins Medicine

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.