In his role as Principal and designer, Hugh has worked across countries, sectors, and scales, focusing on the dialogue between natural and urban space as well as the expression of architectural structure and a building’s internal biology. These core principals have led to the design of a broad portfolio of dynamic buildings, each identifiable by their imaginative forms, expressive façades, and inventive planning.
Behind each of Hugh’s designs is the focus on the human occupants of the building, explored through the use of glass, oculi, and open planning, which provide inhabitants with framed sight-paths, allowing them to intuitively understanding the building’s flow and program. The visibility of their own movement also activates the environment, making them a living and dynamic aesthetic feature of the space.
Hugh’s designs are also recognizable for the expression of their structure. For the National AIA award-winning transformation of Centra Metropark, a suburban office building in New Jersey, a treelike column at the open corner supports the protruding top floor above while highlighting, rather than obstructing, the building’s main entrance.
Hugh often volunteers his time to benefit the next generation of architects. He taught design studio for two years at Cornell University and has lectured on architectural design, professional practice, and environmental systems. He has also served as guest critic on design juries for Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, Cornell University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the University of Kentucky, and Penn State University.