At HKS, research enables our designers to create innovative environments based on the best possible information and insight. A foundation that supports our design solutions, design research offers our clients an extra measure of assurance that there is sound evidence and intentionality behind each of our decisions. We hold our designs accountable to high standards by committing to assessing outcomes, opportunities for improvement, and tangible return on investment. We believe that informed intent, and meaningful (and measurable) impact, are core tenets of responsible design and innovative practice.

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Working from Home During COVID-19: What Our Research Taught Us


Crossing the Threshold from Outbreak to Surge

The HKS Lab is like a sandbox that enables us to play with creative ideas and to investigate the impact those ideas could have on our lives.


Upali Nanda, PhD, Director of Research

As architects, we make a difference by designing intelligent and responsive spaces that have an impact on the way people live, work, play and feel about themselves.


Reboot Readiness: A Primer on How to Design for Contagions


HKS’ Sensory Wellbeing Hub Is an ASID’s Outcome of Design Award Winner