How For-Profit Firms Benefit from Not-for-Profit Work

“How’d you get THAT job?” is a question I hear a lot. In many ways, HKS is a traditional large firm – we are 1,400 people strong with 23 offices around the world and projects that span every geography and market sector imaginable. However, what sets HKS apart from many large firms is our approach to public interest design (PID), defined as design grounded in the belief that every person deserves to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community. Five years ago, I founded Citizen HKS, based on the 1% Solution (now The 1+ Program), in which we…

Community Design Action Team Monthly Blog Series: Let’s Begin

Texas is a state rich with diversity and contradictions. I have lived here less than one year, but the overwhelming variety of opinions, perspectives and values is more extreme than in any other place I have experienced in my 50 years, living in 8 different states, 4 different countries, and many different communities. What excites me most is the work that is going on across the state, within communities where architects, designers, planners, and community organizers are working with citizens and organizations who would not otherwise have access to design, with the goal of improving the quality of life for…