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
Building Design+Construction Media has released their list of the Top 100 Science + Technology architecture firms in the country, and we’re certainly proud to be among this group. What makes HERA laboratory planners different from most of these firms is that we partner with prime architects on S&T architectural projects as their laboratory consultant. We […]
HERA President Ken Mohr, Assoc. AIA attended last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Louisiana State Police’s New Crime Lab. HERA’s forensic brand Crime Lab Design is teamed with WHLC Architecture for this new facility. The new crime lab will replace a 40-year-old building and will help the state reduce the amount of time it takes to solve a crime. Read more […]
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 […]