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Multifamily Housing | December 18, 2018 | HDR Insights Nicholas Taylor, Design Lead

Social sustainability has become a central concern in terms of its effect that spans generations.

Architects | June 08, 2018 | HDR Insights David Keenan, Principal, Education and Graeme Spencer, Associate Director

In gathering this constant flow of data and recognizing the shifting trends, how can educational institutions make informed choices and smart desig...

Healthcare Facilities | April 24, 2018 | HDR Insights David Redemske

Research has shown that inmates are getting older and sicker.

Engineers | March 06, 2018 | HDR Insights Dave Kurten

When modeling is applied to engineering systems, the same benefits can be realized by both our project teams and clients.

Healthcare operations: The good and bad of the ‘visit per room per day’ metric

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Healthcare Facilities | February 28, 2018 | HDR Insights Zhanting Gao, Advanced Simulation Specialist, HDR

Merely pursuing a high “visit per room per day” metric may drive up other resource needs and, in turn, raise operational costs, writes HDR's Zhanti...

Aerial view of a behavioral health center
Healthcare Facilities | October 05, 2017 | HDR Insights Jeri Brittin, Director, Research

Confined treatment centers for civilly-committed individuals.

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Laboratories | September 22, 2017 | HDR Insights June Hanley

Here is how the See + Hear + Do = Remember mantra can be applied to maker spaces and instructional labs.

Building Team | April 04, 2017 | HDR Insights Jeri Brittin, Director of Research, HDR

Many assume that post-occupancy (POE) is a clearly-defined term and concept, but the meaning of POE in practice remains wildly inconsistent.

Healthcare Facilities | March 24, 2017 | HDR Insights Joel Worthington & Beth Zacherle

Pediatric experience design must evolve beyond the common mantra of “make it fun” or “make it look kid-friendly.”

Green | January 19, 2017 | HDR Insights Jennifer Bienemann, Environmental Engineer, HDR

To help one of the most complex cities in the world develop an actionable strategy to meet visionary GHG reduction goals, we focused on strategies...

Architects | October 21, 2016 | HDR Insights Lynn Mignola, Strategic Facilities Planner

Sometimes people look only for the simple answer and don’t understand that there is a calculated process to get there, writes HDR’s Lynn Mignola....

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October 03, 2016 | HDR Insights Joel Worthington, Strategic Innovation Designer

Know what you're working toward, be empathetic, and listen actively are three tips HDR's Joel Worthington suggests for conducting a user interview....

Sustainability | September 08, 2016 | HDR Insights Lynn Mignola

When it comes to design we are in the business of imagining what could be, not necessarily what is, writes HDR's Lynn Mignola.

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Designers | August 10, 2016 | HDR Insights Brian Zabloudil, Healthcare Planner

Engagement at all levels, designing with families in mind, and integrating flexible spaces are all important design considerations to keep in mind...

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Building Team | June 14, 2016 | HDR Insights Lynn Mignola

Recent design trends favor extroverts who enjoy collaboration. HDR's Lynn Mignola says that designers need to accommodate introverts, people who re...

How HDR used computational design tools to design Omaha's UNO Baxter Arena

The new Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Photo: Dan Schwalm, courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc. Click here to enlarge.

AEC Tech | May 02, 2016 | HDR Insights Matt Goldsberry

Three years after writing a white paper about designing an arena for the University of Nebraska Omaha, HDR's Matt Goldsberry says it's time to cher...

Identifying, using, and applying predictive analytics

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Big Data | March 28, 2016 | HDR Insights Branden Collingsworth

Branden Collingsworth, HDR’s new Director of Predictive Analytics, clarifies what his team does and how architecture projects can benefit from pred...

HDR's redesigns Twin Cities' studio to have coffee shop vibe

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Architects | March 02, 2016 | HDR Insights Mike Rodriguez

With open spaces, huddle rooms, and a design lab, the firm's new digs are drastically different than the old studio, which felt like working in a l...

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Augmented Reality | January 19, 2016 | HDR Insights Rachel Park

A waning need for office buildings may be on the horizon, thanks to the possibility of working remotely via new technologies like Google Cardboard,...

Employers must strike a balance between traditional offices and modern workspaces. Image courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | October 19, 2015 | HDR Insights Allison Arnone

Each office workplace requires a different blend of people, processes, tools, and spaces to support its employees. HDR's Allison Arnone has tips th...

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 | June 28, 2015 | HDR Insights Jim Thomson

HDR’s Jim Thomson brings home some insights from a recent trip to Paris. 

LEGO: An introduction to design

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Architects | June 03, 2015 | HDR Insights Amy LaMar

LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging creativity?

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 | May 21, 2015 | HDR Insights Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch

Two geographies, two perspectives, one conclusion: from Minnesota to Miami, resiliency matters, write HDR's Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch.

10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

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Healthcare Facilities | April 28, 2015 | HDR Insights Ellen Randall

Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases like Ebola in the lab, but how do we handle them in healthcar...

 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

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Healthcare Facilities | March 18, 2015 | HDR Insights Abbie Clary

HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.

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 | February 23, 2015 | HDR Insights Allison Arnone

Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doing heads-down focused work. Once thrown off track,...

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Architects | January 08, 2015 | HDR Insights

Microsoft shut down its tried-and-true clipart gallery, ridding the world not only of a trope of graphic design, but a nostalgic piece of digital d...

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Architects | December 28, 2014 | HDR Insights

Want to take the next step as a design processional? John Gresko, Senior Project Architect with HDR, explores the traits that many great architects...

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Architects | December 28, 2014 | HDR Insights

An acquaintance recently asked me about the kinds of things I did on a day-to-day basis at work, anticipating a response loaded with enviable activ...

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Architects | October 28, 2014 | HDR Insights

When using design thinking and iteration, we’ll sometimes spend multiple days iterating idea after idea, heads down, only to realize we still don...

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