HDR Insights


Our blogs are written by our employees at HDR. While we are most well-known for delivering architecture and engineering services—for adding beauty and structure to communities through high performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. Our thought leader bloggers represent offices from around the world and write about ideas, experiences and insights into our practice and the greater design community. Come visit us at Insights @hdrinc.com.

Why does an American city of 400,000 feel more compact than a European city of 2.4 million?

View over Paris, at dusk, from the Maine-Montparnasse tower. Photo: Benh Lieu Song, Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | HDR | June 28, 2015
HDR’s Jim Thomson brings home some insights from a recent trip to Paris. 
LEGO: An introduction to design

Image courtesy Dawn Feldman

Architects | HDR | June 03, 2015
LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging...
Resiliency and climate change: Dual perspectives from designers

Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch discuss the topic of resilency and how it affected the two very different climates in which they grew up. Image: Jupiter

Smart and Resilient Cities | HDR | May 21, 2015
Two geographies, two perspectives, one conclusion: from Minnesota to Miami, resiliency...
10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

Image courtesy HDR/Dan Schwalm

Healthcare Facilities | HDR | April 28, 2015
Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases...
 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

Healthcare Facilities | HDR | March 18, 2015
HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect...
The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

Architects | HDR | February 23, 2015
Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their...

Courtesy Dylan Coonrad, HDR

Architects | HDR | January 08, 2015
Microsoft shut down its tried-and-true clipart gallery, ridding the world not only of a...
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Architects | HDR | December 28, 2014
Want to take the next step as a design processional? John Gresko, Senior Project...

Image courtesy of John Gresko, HDR

Architects | HDR | December 28, 2014
An acquaintance recently asked me about the kinds of things I did on a day-to-day basis...

Photo: sippakorn via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Architects | HDR | October 28, 2014
When using design thinking and iteration, we’ll sometimes spend multiple days iterating...
Architects | HDR | September 15, 2014
None of the hundreds of existing green building rating systems is perfect. Some of them...

Photo via Flickr CC: Joe Haupt (France1978)

Architects | HDR | August 19, 2014
Making things is important because it reveals gaps in thought, sheds light on the...
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