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:

  • Community/Population Health
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Aging Population
  • Outpatient/Ambulatory Design & Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Resilient Design (All risk ready facilities)
  • Emergency Department Design & Planning

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. 

HKS leaders will work with the selected Health Fellow to pair them with the HKS office location and mentorship that can best support their research interests. During the interview stage, fellows can relay their office preference with firm leadership and discuss that office’s ability to support their research.

Important Dates & Applying

Applications open
December 6, 2021

Applications close 
January 14, 2022

Interviews via Skype
Late January –  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

Fellowship Advisors

From left to right; Southern Ellis, Jason Schroer, Dr. Deborah Wingler, Dr. Upali Nanda, Lindsay Stevenson, Hannah Shultz, Sophie Crocker, Kaitlyn Badlato, Tyler Schwede and Joel Benavides
From left to right; Southern Ellis, Jason Schroer, Dr. Deborah Wingler, Dr. Upali Nanda, Lindsay Stevenson, Hannah Shultz, Sophie Crocker, Kaitlyn Badlato, Tyler Schwede and Joel Benavides

The Fellows

Maya Thornton
Howard University (BArch + MArch)

Zach Orig
University of Tennessee (BArch)

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