HistoryThe firm was founded in 1939 by Harwood K. Smith. In 2002, HKS expanded its international presence by opening HKS Arquitectos in Mexico City to serve its Latin American clients. In 2006, HKS acquired the Stein-Cox Group and Trinity Design to have presences in Phoenix, Arizona and Detroit, Michigan, respectively. In 2007, HKS expanded their hospitality architectural design services and also acquired the hospitality design firm Hill Glazier Architects, located in Palo Alto, California. The firm also opened offices in Miami, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Chennai, India. HKS expanded its global presence in 2008 opening offices in Abu Dhabi and São Paulo, Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil and again in 2010 with an office in Shanghai, China, Shanghai, China. In 2008 HKS acquired that part of the Ryder HKS joint venture it did not already own. In 2010 HKS announced the formation of a nonprofit architectural research group, Center for Advanced Design and Evaluation. In 2011 HKS saw rapid expansion. In October HKS released an announcement it had acquired the interior design firm Maregatti Interiors LLC in Indianapolis. The HKS Science & Technology Practice was formed after the firm acquired Earl Walls Studios in San Diego, California. HKS also opened new locations in Chicago, Denver, New York, and New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India. In 2012 HKS announced the acquisition of Miami-headquartered educational design firm HADP Architecture, Inc. In 2014 HKS launched a year-long public campaign to commemorate the firm's 75th anniversary. In 2017, HKS expanded its footprint with the acquisition of a New York City Design Studio.
ServicesAs of 2015, the firm employs more than 1000 people, making it one of the largest architectural firms in the United States and has completed services on structures valued in excess of $69 billion, with more than $12 billion of construction currently underway.
Notable ProjectsImage:Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel edit.jpg, 300px, Atlantis Paradise Island, Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel This list includes projects in which HKS collaborated with other architecture firms. * Orlando Health/Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida * SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California * AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas * U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota * FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida * Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona * University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Houston, Texas * Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas * Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan * Bank of America Corporate Center, Charlotte, North Carolina * Apogee Stadium, Denton, Texas * College Park Center, Arlington, Texas * American Airlines Center, Dallas, Dallas, Texas * Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas * Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas * Children's Medical Center (Dallas), Dallas, Dallas, Texas * Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Terminal D (International Terminal), Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas * Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas * Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco, Texas * Horner Ballpark at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Dallas, Texas * Toyota Stadium (Texas), Frisco, Texas * Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton, California * Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana * Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas * Miller Park (Milwaukee), Miller Park, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin * Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan * The Palazzo, Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada * RadioShack Campus, Fort Worth, Texas * Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Dallas, Texas * Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas (renovations to existing facility) * JCPenney Corporate Headquarters, Plano, Texas * W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences – Victory Park, Dallas, Victory Park, Dallas, Texas * U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters, Suitland, Maryland * Venetian Macao, Macau, China * Whole Foods Market Headquarters, Austin, Texas * Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Virginia * Stanley Park Stadium for Liverpool F.C., Liverpool, England (planned) * Club Santos Laguna, Nuevo Estadio Corona, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico * Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2001–2007 renovations) * The Administration building, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas * Uni-Trade Stadium, Laredo, Texas * 311 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois * Energy Center, New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana * New Hokkaido Baseball Stadium, ES CON Field Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan (planned to open in 2023)