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HKS Overview

Dallas, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1939
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
We are a design firm of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and more. We work together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak ... Read more

Mission: By 2020, our clients and the industries we serve will recognize HKS as a trusted partner and transformational organization providing the highest level of service, design, technical expertise and business performance globally while creating places that enhance the human ... Read more

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  • “The HKS Health Fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity for a recent graduate with a focus in health design to put into practice their talents and passions while continuing to research a chosen focus. HKS benefits from the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our fellows from around the world. It’s a win for all.” – Jeffrey Stouffer, HKS’ Global Health Director

    Can you design a healthier future? Apply to the HKS Health Fellowship to test the limits of what you can do through design research:

    Kick-Starting Your Career-The HKS Health Fellowship - HKS Stories

    The HKS Health Fellowship helps recent health care design graduates bridge the two worlds with a unique experience in the health care field. Participants - a single applicant is chosen annually for the one-year program - reserve a portion of their Fellowship for research on a proposal they submit, while enjoying many other benefits.

  • Dallas' Klyde Warren Park spawns a new generation of urban parks:

    Dallas' Klyde Warren Park spawns a new generation of urban parks

    Fourteen years ago, Jody joined Dallas' Inside the Loop Committee, where the idea of building a deck park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway had been rattling around for years without a champion. Banker Jody was thinking about boosting the Dallas economy. Arts-lover Sheila wanted to create a cultural heart for more than just Dallas' advantaged class.

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HKS – Why Work For Us?



At HKS, we nurture a culture of extraordinary people with curious, creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. Our global team of architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, researchers, anthropologists and more work together to design places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance.

Because we believe that design should contribute to the greater good, we invest in research, fellowships, and technological exploration to push the boundaries of what design can do. Our research team studies processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. HKS LINE, our studio dedicated to studying the relationships between emerging technologies and methodologies, challenges our designers to explore innovation in materiality and architectural production.

Our communities—from DC to Chicago, Dallas to Uganda—are another focus of our creative talent. Citizen HKS, our impact initiative, enables us to engage with communities most in need of design expertise. In everything we do, across our studios and teams, we’re mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.

What’s it like to work with us? Just ask our team members, past and present. We’re an OpenCompany, which means that we embrace transparent reviews. Please note that we only accept resumes for posted positions.

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.


HKS Lab

The HKS Lab is a dedicated space on the seventh floor of our Dallas headquarters devoted to exploring, generating ideas, and advancing design through research. Comprising nearly 2,000 square feet of configurable space for prototypical investigation, the Lab is a place where design teams, clients, industry professionals and academic partners converge. Together, we connect systematic inquiry with creative thinking, adapting a think, make, test framework.


LINE

LINE, the Laboratory for Intensive Exploration, is an HKS design research team that focuses on the intersection between emerging technologies and architectural methodologies. LINE seeks to elevate modes of architectural production through intensive explorations in systems, materiality, processes and toolsets.


The Idea Fellowship

The Idea Fellowship is a year-long program open to all HKS employees. The fellowship funds research that’s born in designers’ curiosity and grounded in our design philosophy. This year, we awarded three winning teams 365 days and 800 hours to devote to research that began with the question, “What if?”


The Design Fellowship

The Design Fellowship is an annual design exercise that brings together designers from across HKS to explore big ideas, stimulate new thinking, and enhance methodology. The purpose of the Design Fellowship is to enhance the quality of design at HKS, and cultivate emerging design talent. In 2017, The Design Fellowship will explore global issues that pose risks to human civilization and ecological systems.


The Health Fellowship

The Health Fellowship is a one-year program that recognizes recent graduates committed to improving health environments through design and research. This full-time, entry level position is designed to create an impactful and tailored first-year experience, encouraging the growth of a young architect in the field of health design. After their fellowship year, former fellows are challenged to become leaders within the HKS Health Group and the health design industry.


CADRE

CADRE, the Center for Advanced Design Research Exploration, is a non-profit research group established by HKS that conducts intensive research projects focused on enhancing human and organizational wellbeing.

 
 

If you are currently pursuing your degree in Architecture or Interior Design, then you are in the right place. Each summer approximately 75 college students from all over the country gain real-world experience through the HKS internship program. Our highly competitive program lasts approximately 12 weeks and is offered to best design talent in we can get our hands on.

Like the rest of the firm, our interns work hard and play hard. Interns can expect to participate in informative lunch and learns, watercolor and sketching classes, job site visits, and even dinner with the CEO. We love hearing stories about new friendships that are formed as we know some of these relationships will continue far into the future!

Below is additional information about the timeline for the recruitment process. We receive thousands of applications each year and we do our best to review each and every one of them during the early Spring.  Our internships are paid but are not eligible for benefits.

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    I've been with HKS for a while now and I love the freedom you are given to take on new initiatives and make your job what you want it to be. The CEO encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and it shows with the specialized groups and offerings they have. Employees can participate in an exchange program where they live and work in another HKS office in another part of the world. Or they can get involved with highly specialized teams in research, computation or sustainable design. But what I like most are the people at HKS. They have truly become a family to me and it's a place I want to stay.

    Cons

    Parking is pretty rough downtown. I wish parking benefits were offered to everyone instead of just titled employees.

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    Keep encouraging the type of leadership you want to see and develop those people. And keep weeding out the bad. A few bad managers can really tarnish the experience for people on their team.

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HKS Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at HKS (Dallas, TX) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Initial interview was conducted via video call (Skype). Second round of interviews were with potential peers to this role, and a third round was with executive leadership. The 2nd round was done as a panel interview with 3 HKS employees involved.

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HKS Awards & Accolades

  • Florida Firm of the Year, AIA Florida, 2016
  • Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work, Washington Business Journal, 2017
  • The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to Work, The Dallas Morning News, 2016
  • Best Places to Work in Los Angeles (Large), Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016
  • Best Companies to Work for in Texas (Large), Best Companies Group, 2009
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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