The HKS LA Design Fellowship is a three-day design charrette, where students and professionals work together, to solve a complex design challenge.

The Experience

Each year, the HKS LA Design Fellowship has an open call to local college students and HKS employees to participate in a three-day design charrette at the HKS Los Angeles office. Teams made up of students and professionals are given a design challenge to solve in three days with practical design solutions and strategies.

Design challenges are shaped around solving issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community. At the end of day three, each team is given the opportunity to present their concepts to a panel of local community leaders from different industries.

The HKS LA Design Fellowship strives to push design innovation, stimulate intellectual conversations and provide opportunities for community partnerships.

The Benefits

  • Design-research based concept charette
  • Diversified group of participants
  • Learn and share knowledge/skills with other students and HKS professionals
  • Provoke thought and discussion addressing real-world scenarios and the future
  • Networking opportunities
  • Desk crits from industry experts
  • Final review from a panel of local community leaders
  • Post-Charrette (potential exhibition and publication outcomes)
The 2019 HKS LA Design Fellowship will take place Friday, March 22 – Monday, March 25 at the HKS office.

2019 Design Challenge

1932, 1984, and in 2028 the City of Angels will again be hosting the Summer Olympics. The LA Olympics committee is dedicated to making the 2028 Olympic Games “the most sustainable in decades” that will continue to give back to the city and its communities beyond the Games.

The 2019 HKS LA Design Fellowship presents the challenge to identify and propose sustainable opportunities for impactful, practical, and lasting environmental solutions that benefit the LA community before, during and after the Olympics.

The application process has closed and selections for the 2019 HKS LA Design Fellows have been made. Congratulations to those who were selected and a big thanks to everyone that entered. We saw a lot of great work, which made the selection process difficult.

About HKS

We’re architects and designers, artists and scientists, makers and thinkers with a holistic approach to design that delivers big results. Before we put pen to paper, we ask questions, listen and observe. Because great ideas come from experience and exploration. Learn more about HKS here.

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