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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

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  • HKS' Sophie Crocker, Sheba Ross Titus, Jane Ho and Ben "Benur" Gonzalez explain how they provided a health design strategy for Qatar.

  • Now is the time for developers to adjust multifamily buildings for a post-COVID-19 world. As telecommuting gains more acceptance, questions loom: Will the home office become as important as the bedroom or the kitchen? How will residents separate work from home? We propose a practical approach.

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HKS – Why Work With 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 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!

Click here to see what it's like to intern at HKS!

HKS Reviews

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    Pros

    In my short time at HKS, I've been given opportunities to grow my career quickly and in the direction that I want to go in. Management cares about it's employees growth and development which shows in the studio daily. I'm also very proud of our leaderships response to COVID-19. This time is not easy for anyone, every firm has had to make some tough decisions. Dan and other leaders have been transparent along the way which we all need in a time when we aren't there to connect in person. I'm impressed that we have been able to stay our true, authentic selves and maintain our values and great culture during such a tough time.

    Cons

    I miss being in the office with my coworkers (especially for the social aspect) but I'm glad that HKS has taken every precaution necessary to keep our employees and families safe by having us stay home.

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HKS Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at HKS (Washington, DC) in February 2020.

    Interview

    From sending materials to getting an offer only took one week. The interview had two principal/senior staff representing the main leading rolls in the team which is very helpful for understanding the workflow. Very professional and very respectful to the interviewer. Declined the offer because they didn't count my previous working experience in HKS from another location that the offer package was for someone like from undergrads with no working experience. But both recruiter and boss are very nice and understanding during the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • which phase of the project do you prefer? How do you like healthcare?   Answer Question
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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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