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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
HKS is a team of more than 1,300 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. We have ... 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

Company Updates

  • The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and W Bellevue, two HKS-designed hotels, are featured in Architectural Digest's list of “The Most Beautiful Hotels in Every State in America.”

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    The Most Beautiful Hotel in Every State in America | Architectural Digest

    This country is filled with stunning hotels that reflect the remarkable landscape of America and dig into the rich history of each individual state. From sharp modern edges to old Victorian style, each unique accommodation has a story to tell. Below is a diverse collection of the most spectacular hotels in every state.

  • The HKS-designed, $150-million Live! By Loews hotel and convention center breaks ground at Texas Live!

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    $150M flagship hotel for Texas Live! gets underway in Arlington - Dallas Business Journal

    A new $150 million flagship hotel - Live! by Loews - and convention center at Texas Live! officially got underway on Wednesday in Arlington. The facility will bring hundreds of hotel rooms within walking distance of Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium.

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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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    Pros

    There's alot of talent here and the people are great to work with. Although it's a big firm, it's a warm and welcoming environment where you're not just a number. Upper management cares about their employees and the CEO is awesome. HKS cares about their employees work/life balance and I don't feel like I'm working in a sweatshop. Of course there will be deadlines that require working long hours, but for the most part I have a life outside the office. The company understands our personal needs and allows flex work schedule. They also provide laptops to all employees to access technology from anywhere. The firmwide and office resources are excellent. They also pay for parking and transit subsidies. Other benefits such as 401k, health/dental, etc are pretty much on par with other large firms. Oh and they even offer pet insurance!

    Cons

    There's always going to be pros and cons at every office. I think there are way less cons at HKS than at other large firms I've worked at. If had to think of some, it would probably be the benefits. They have a good vacation/sick policy which adds up to about 5 weeks total whereas other firms only provide only 3 weeks PTO for vacation/sick. My biggest complaint would be the dental and health insurance. They only offer HDHP/HSA health insurance plans which I suppose is becoming the industry standard. The HMO dental insurance is cheap but not all that great in terms of their in-network dentists...however the PPO dental insurance is expensive. Other than that I don't have many complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue listening to your employees. Happy employees make HKS great which result in well executed projects and happy clients. As Richard Branson says..."If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients"

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HKS Interviews

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    Application

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • What would be my plan of action within the first 90 days?   Answer Question
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HKS Awards & Accolades

  • Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work, Washington Business Journal, 2017
  • Florida Firm of the Year, AIA Florida, 2016
  • 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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