HKS Architects

We’ve become an interdisciplinary global design firm by expanding our team beyond architects and interior designers to include researchers, urban designers, nurses, anthropologists, graphic designers and more. At HKS, we view design as a process of discovery. Design research enables us to experiment, to improve — and to design smarter solutions. That’s particularly important as we strive to create a more resilient future.

Dallas ISD—Dallas ISD Personalized Learning Initiative

The District launched a Personalized Learning (PL) initiative in 2013. Through PL, students are equipped to drive their own learning experiences and to engage in real-world content that’s relevant and appropriately challenging for them. Five schools were selected to pilot PL, and three worked with our firm to explore how the built environment could activate and advance PL. The partnership began with a four-day charrette, continued with campus renovations, and concluded with a research study.

Katy ISD—Legacy Stadium

  • New 12,000-Seat Stadium/Activity Center; 100-Acre Master Plan
  • New “Arts Plaza” Between Stadiums – Built over Drainage Easement
  • Stadiums Serve 8 HS Feeder Zone Programs
  • Multiple Programs – Athletics, Fine Arts, Professional Development, Community Activities
  • Focused on Key Guiding Principles – Venue Performance, User Experience, Community Inspiration
  • Underlying Emphasis on Safety/Security – First Public HS Stadium in U.S. Designed to NCS4 SESA Guidelines