International architectural firm HKS (Dallas) has expanded its health practice with a new office in Raleigh, N.C.

Principal and senior project architect Kerry Bennett and new hire Jerry Merritt, vice president and health practice leader, will lead the health practice for the Raleigh office.

Bennett served 18 years in the firm’s Richmond office, with the last few years in the Raleigh area, where she worked with area health facilities.

Merritt joins HKS Raleigh as a vice president and health practice leader.