Our broad experience in STEM buildings and teaching and research laboratories is nearly unparalleled. We create learning environments that foster curiosity, experimentation and exploration.Learn More >
In the every-changing world of healthcare, clinical laboratories play a central role in patient care. HERA understands that quality specimen processing and efficient flow take center stage in your lab operation. We design spaces that adapt to the people, process and technology at the heart of your work.Learn More >
HERA’s forensic arm – Crime Lab Design – is recognized around the world as the industry leader in forensic laboratory programming, architecture and MEP design. Together with Harley Ellis Devereaux, CLD has provided integrated services for more than 20 years.Learn More >
HERA understands how to navigate procurement rules, annual budgetary cycles and design approval processes for government projects. We have the experience to assist contracting officers in completing successful laboratory facility projects including research, testing, clinical, vivarium and support spaces.Learn More >
HERA understands key science issues for corporate clients: Safety first; recruitment and retention of staff through smart design; cost efficiency and flexibility for capital expenditures; and planning for future growth.Learn More >
We love science. At HERA, we enhance scientific discovery and client productivity through the creation of optimal laboratory environments. That’s our mission.
As architects who are also lab planners and designers, we have a deep understanding of trends, issues and best practices that shape laboratory environments. We bring that knowledge and commitment to every project we touch.
What does that mean for our clients and partner firms? Together, we will innovate and explore ideas to ensure all your project needs are met.
With five primary markets – academic, clinical, forensic, government and R&D – our combined experience from hundreds of projects totals more than 23 million square feet in laboratory space alone. Our depth of experience allows us to examine new ideas in laboratory planning and design, while evaluating them against our previous experience for best practices.
Founded in 1996, we are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).
“Always our go-to for lab planning!”
– Eric Zabilka, President at Omni Architects
“Strong communication, elevated design sensibilities, collaborative teams.”
– Bill Deegan, Senior Designer at KCBA
“HERA provides reliable expertise in a niche market with a collaborative approach.”
– Mark Levine, Vice President at LS3P
HERA laboratory planners was founded as a women-owned firm, and today more than 60% of our staff is female. We understand and appreciate the importance of strong female role models. One place where HERA makes a lasting impact on the next generation is in the world of Girl Scouts, as troop leaders. Laboratory Architectural Designer […]
Construction on the University of Pennsylvania Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science and Technology is coming along, including a signature piece of the facade. The sunshade “sails” are being installed and this time lapsed video showing the first ones going up is mesmerizing. The sunshades incorporate two different integrated membranes and glasses to ensure optimal sun […]
Oregon Humane Society’s The New Road Ahead project has been honored with a 2023 Landmark Award from the Portland Business Journal as one of the most transformative projects in the region. HERA laboratory planners’ forensic brand Crime Lab Design provided programming and conceptual design. The project expands the Humane Society’s Portland campus and bolsters the […]