ARBIB HUGHEY DESIGN was founded in 2010 by Ben Arbib and Ed Hughey, who met while graduate students at the University of Texas School of Architecture. After years practicing in other offices, they opened their design studio with a commitment to create quality architecture and inspirational spaces through a rigorous and collaborative design process. AHD works diligently on every project to provide a rich, honest, and carefully considered design solution.
AHD develops their design solutions through open exploration utilizing sketches, models, drawings, and renderings which convey ideas clearly to both client and builder. The design process is never straight forward nor fully complete. Experience has instilled the belief that design opportunities present themselves during any phase of the design or construction process, reacting to these moments allow for a more exciting and successful result. And while AHD's ideas may be big, they pay careful attention to the specifics of each project: truly great architecture resides in meticulous details.
AHD enjoys building strong relationships with their clients and believe that the collaborative approach always results in a better project. Each project begins by creating an open dialogue where free communication and listening are of the utmost importance. AHD takes the time to learn about their client’s vision, needs, and goals for the project before putting pencil to paper.
The site, and its environment, are also important catalysts for our designs. We take great care in analyzing a site for its relationship with the earth, the sun, the wind, and sky. A thoughtful approach to how a building and the site interact can dramatically improve a project and, therefore, a Client’s daily experiences. We also believe that sustainable design is important for every project and that good, responsible sustainable practices should be implemented no matter the size or budget of a project.
Great architecture requires precise planning and integration of all phases of a project. In order to provide our clients with a smooth, seamless process AHD offers a full range of services:
Residential and Commercial Architecture
Landscape and Hardscape Design
Interior Design + Interior Selections
Master planning, Feasibility Studies, and Site Evaluation
Permitting and Regulatory Consultation
Originally from Northern California, Ben moved to Austin in 2003 to pursue his Masters in Architecture. After receiving his master’s degree from the UT School of Architecture, Ben served as a project designer for architect Tom Hurt in Austin, Texas where he worked on a wide range of projects including large multi-family mixed use projects as well as custom modern residential architecture. In addition, Ben has worked independently on residential projects in California and as a conceptual designer for the book “Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg” by Uli Dangel. In addition to his love for architecture, Ben finds inspiration for his creative work through wide interests in art and music, culture, and science-fiction film and literature.
ED HUGHEY, AIA
Originally from the Northeast, Ed moved to Austin in 2003 to pursue his Masters in Architecture. While at UT School of Architecture, Ed was awarded multiple design scholarships and Design Excellence Awards. Eager to practice architecture, Ed pursued an offer to work with architect Tom Hurt in parallel with his studies. After graduation he continued to work as a lead designer and project manager on numerous projects, specializing in custom modern residential architecture and acting as lead designer for one of Austin’s few 5-star rated green houses. Additionally, Ed has collaborated with acclaimed Landscape Architect Tait Moring on many landscape and hardscape projects ranging in size from a small Austin bungalow to extensive master planning for family ranches in the Texas Hill Country. Ed is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE# 23924) and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.