HKS on Exhibit

Texas A&M's Stark Gallery to showcase
architecture firm's innovative designs

An exhibit featuring an array of worldwide projects from HKS, Inc., one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the nation, will be on display through March 6 at Texas A&M University’s J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries.

The “HKS: Innovation in Architecture and Design” exhibit will feature renderings, models, photography and drawings depicting the firm’s latest architectural accomplishments.

A celebratory reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Stark Galleries. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

“HKS has the distinct reputation of a world-class designer,” said Catherine Hastedt, director, Office of University Art Collections and Exhibitions, J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries. “This exhibit will highlight its prestigious and renowned projects — from the state’s first LEED Silver-certified building, Sabre Headquarters in Southlake, Texas to the award-winning Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort in Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands.

The exhibit features a diverse range of work including architectural and interior design representing the health-care, commercial, hospitality, justice, sports and entertainment, religion and residential sectors. Spanning more than three decades, the display depicts the changing architectural climate and landscape. From the firm’s fit environment JCPenney Headquarters Building to its current-day 1.5 billion-square-foot U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., the display celebrates people and the spaces in which they work, live, and grow.

“We are proud to serve as the galleries’ exhibit feature,” said Ron Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, chairman, HKS, Inc. “This display is a testament to the many HKS employees, including many Texas A&M graduates, who comprise our firm. With their forethought, innovativeness and determination, we continue to produce projects throughout the nation that are making an impact on architecture.”

The exhibit is a preface to the 2005 Rowlett Lecture Series that will be hosted by HKS. The annual event, the 25th since the Rowlett Lecture Series was established in 1979, will be held on Friday, February 4, 2005 at noon at the Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M. Registration and program information are available through the CRS Center at (979) 847-9357 or online at

The lecture will feature several presentations and panel discussions led by firm executives including Ronald Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, chairman; H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, president and CEO; Nunzio De Santis, executive vice president; Davis Chauviere, senior vice president; and Jesse Corrigan, senior vice president. Topics on the day’s agenda include the legacy of HKS founder, Harwood K. Smith; the HKS strategy for success; the role of specialization within HKS; and how people, clients, and HKS members drive the architectural process.

HKS, Inc., founded in 1939, is among the top ten architectural/engineering firms in the United States. HKS has completed more than $36 billion in construction in more than 400 cities located in 45 states as well as 19 foreign countries from its Dallas headquarters and through offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Orlando, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and the United Kingdom. HKS’s notable client list includes Walt Disney, Universal Health Services, Intermountain Health Care, Universal Studios, Cousins Properties Incorporated, Citicorp, Cleveland Clinic, Texas Rangers, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Hillwood Development, American Express, Fidelity Investments, JC Penney Company, and Lincoln Property Company.

The firm’s roster of Texas projects includes work at American Airlines Center in Dallas; Ameriquest Field in Arlington; the Lone Star Park of Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie; The Dell Diamond Ballpark in Round Rock; the Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark in Frisco; the Texas A&M Foundation Jon L. Hagler Center in College Station; the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; the Texas State History Museum in Austin, and the D/FW Terminal D and Hyatt Hotel projects in Dallas/Fort Worth.

— The End —

January 10, 2005

^ Back to top