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Architecture reflects our time and culture as well as shapes it. It is our essential humanity that moves us to do good, creating places that facilitate activity and bring joy to the human spirit. HKS is creating places that enhance the human experience.

For more than 75 years, the top-six national architectural firm has nurtured a culture that reveres both invention and customer focus. HKS operates from 26 worldwide offices. Our project experience includes corporate headquarters, office buildings, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, hotels and resorts, banks, justice and aviation facilities, religious structures, public buildings, multifamily housing, educational facilities, science and technology, and retail and industrial projects located in 1,650 cities in 84 countries.
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HKS is a global firm of architects, designers, advisors and makers driven by curiosity and devoted to creating places that combine beauty with performance. Our 1,350 people in 23 locations are united by our shared culture and sense of purpose. We value honesty, diversity and inclusion and we celebrate creative thinking across our firm. In partnership with each other, our clients and our partners, we craft powerful ideas and solutions. Together we create places that stand apart.... Read more


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Additional Culture Details

We Value Design
Weaving together beauty, function and permanence, great design captures imaginations, transforms organizations and brings return on capital investments. Design reinvigorates, reinvents and conserves resources. HKS cultivates the power of design through talent, experience, technical expertise and innovative processes. We place design at the heart of all our thinking and work.

We Are Partners in Business
Client-focused and value-driven, HKS applies sound business practices and respects the financial objectives of our clients. We deliver targeted outcomes based on economy, function and aesthetics, and we accomplish this through effective communication, innovative design services, intensive process planning and stakeholder collaboration. We dedicate ourselves to continuous performance improvement and industry-leading quality management to attract and retain clients who value our trusted partnership.

We Value Learning
HKS is committed to mastering change as a true learning organization. We create the structure and environment for learning to continually transform our organization. We foster dialogue for inspiration, innovation and personal growth. We thrive in a learning environment that attracts and challenges our talent. We generate and share our research through partnership with universities, agencies and think tanks to accelerate the transfer of ideas, improve outcomes and better prepare for the future.

We Promote Diversity
Diversity is critical to delivering professional services as worldwide thought leaders. Our diversity enables us to relate to each other through deeper understanding of our cultural, emotional, physical and psychological needs. As we work around the globe, we strategically develop collaborative teams that communicate more effectively while inspiring innovative solutions with unique perspectives. Embracing diversity, we communicate openly through shared histories and experiences.

We Protect Our Environment
To sustain quality of life for today and for the future, HKS is committed to conserving and protecting our environment. We recognize that sustainable knowledge and practices give us value in the marketplace, open up new opportunities for revenue growth and enhance HKS as the firm of choice. We are dedicated to good stewardship of the Earth’s resources while acting responsibly to our neighbors and for generations to come.
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Dallas, TX


1,135 US Employees



Recent Awards

  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2018

  • 2016

Company Snapshots

HKS employees participate in a Month of Service every September, a firm-wide Day of Service to encourage all employees in all our offices to connect with their communities.
HKS meets quarterly for a Town Hall to hear from firm leadership.
HKS' impact initiative, Citizen HKS, aims to improve communities in need by leveraging design (Create), community service (Connect) and philanthropy (Contribute).
HKS gathers for an annual Year-End event to celebrate accomplishments and reflect on the year.