Hughes Umbanhower Architects


Form and function both drive the solution.

We employ the term “performance”: a hybrid definition that doesn’t discriminate between use, organization, and form. We free ourselves from the debate over whether architecture is an art or a tool. Art performs; tools perform. Art can be boring, tools can be beautiful.

We create collaborations.

Architects should nurture teamwork. We replace authorship,”I made this thing,” with the notion of collaboration: “We fostered this process.”
Communication is critical.

We ensure clients and architects are speaking in a common language at all times.

We identify the core issues facing our clients and establish shared positions from which we can collectively evaluate the architectural proposals that follow.

Responsibility realizes the solution.

Architectural invention is more powerful with responsibility. We design with attention to processes of contractual relationships, budgets, project schedules and procurement.

We believe constraints reveal the solution.

Engaged intelligently, limitations of budget, schedule, code, politics, sustainability and site conditions are opportunities that can inspire innovative solutions.

Pro bono work in our community provides local solution.

We participate in the 1% program, donating 1% of our budgeted billable hours annually.
The 1% program creates a forum for “existing public interest work and pro bono architectural practice, with an ultimate goal of increasing the quality and quantity of that work.”

Sustainability is essential to the global solution.

Sustainable design creates both economic and environmental value. Sustainability is anchored in the same tenets that produce good design and is inherent in our work: the essential characters of the site itself, the arrangement and location of buildings relative to solar orientation, winds, topography, and the choices of building systems and material palette.

We educate clients on the sustainable potentials of projects, both as part of good environmental stewardship and good business.

By: Brian Linder