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Ralph Hawkins

Ralph Hawkins

HKS Inc.

H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, is chairman and CEO of HKS Inc., one of the top five architectural and engineering firms in the United States. Under Ralph’s direction, HKS is continually recognized for its unique ability to create and deliver award-winning buildings that are enhancing the human experience. The firm, which currently has $6.6 billion in work under way, employs 900 staff and operates from 23 worldwide offices. Hawkins also is a noted writer and speaker, as well as a recognized advocate and supporter of the building industry.

Stories by Ralph Hawkins

Downtown Dallas

Ralph Hawkins: Relocating HKS’ Office—Lessons Learned

Over the years, our firm has assisted a great number of clients with finding new office locations. This year, I had the unique opportunity to see it from the client side when HKS came to the end of its 15-year lease in Uptown and began seeking relocation opportunities. Here's how we did it—and lessons we learned along the way.
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Architecture & Design

H. Ralph Hawkins: The Impact of the Sequester on the Design and Construction Industry

The recent sequester will remove $4 billion from government construction projects. It is time for our industry to quickly shift to the private markets, where work is beginning to grow.
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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Thinking Big in Dallas

Talented Fellows, chosen by an architectural jury, are coming together for three days to think big about serious Dallas community challenges on Nov. 9-12, via the annual HKS Design Fellowship. This year, the group will take an unbiased, fresh look at downtown Dallas.
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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Design and Construction Models

As clients look at alternative ways to expand, renovate, and build new facilities to address growth and change over time, there are myriad approaches. The choices may be confusing, but they are easily broken out into simple categories, and can also be a hybrid of several options. Here are some basic approaches that we see.
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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Urban Adaptive Reuse Opportunities

Owners and lenders are experiencing challenges as the marketplace begins to witness foreclosures of urban buildings across the country. With challenges, though, there are opportunities. As we have evaluated repositioning these foreclosed properties, we have uncovered exciting adaptive reuses that are emerging in residential, office, and retail markets. Architects can bring great ideas to help revitalize these older properties

Stories by Ralph Hawkins

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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Don’t Be Pulled Left or Right; Keep Moving Forward

There is a lot of talk from both sides of the aisle about how Wall Street greed and corruption has bankrupted America, but little about the laws that our elected government officials put in place to encourage this to happen.
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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times

Personally, I am not a big fan of complicated, laborious plans; I typically like to see short, maybe even one-page plans, as Jack Welch has suggested. But a 2020 strategy HKS principals developed in 2009 has made it easier to make decisions about the course of our firm, allowed us to better serve clients—and is generating significant bottom-line results.
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Architecture & Design

Ralph Hawkins: Alternative Funding Sources for New Construction

After the pull-back of commercial lending, and with stimulus funds drying up, dramatic cutbacks are now expected in the federal government sector. This will continue to put a damper on new construction projects. Alternative funding sources exist, but they're the exception. One opportunity is the recently passed Public-Private Partnership Act, where funds traditionally used for infrastructure may now be available for education, aviation, and healthcare projects.