Tom McHugh, AIA, is an award-winning Architect, Interior and Furniture Designer with over thirty-five years of experience on a variety of project types, sizes, and complexities. His concentration has been on hospitality and corporate interiors, but has now shifted to thoughtful architectural additions and alterations.
He is a pioneer in “alternative officing” concepts in the US and UK, and was one of the first designers to implement the "hotelling" concept to offices in America. Mr. McHugh has given featured presentations on this subject at numerous industry events.
His contract furniture work is experimental, elegant, dramatic, friendly, poetic, minimalistic; softened with curvilinear lines and anthropomorphic references. His approach is intuitive and sensory; with concern for the way the user will experience the object; and how the object adds value to the space.
He has worked for prestigious architectural firms in the US and London, including S.O.M., Maxwell Frey and Jane Drew, and Poalo Soleri. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and was recently selected to be included in the Museum of Modern Art, ‘Design Encyclopedia.’
Mr. McHugh is a member of the National AIA Design Awards Task Force, the National AIA Interiors Steering Committee, and the National AIA Committee on Design. He was the 1998 National Chair of the Interiors PIA. His design work has been exhibited at galleries in the US and Canada, including the Cooper Hewitt and the National Building Museum.
For his furniture designs, he has been awarded three I.B.D. awards, two Good Design Awards by the Chicago Athenaeum, an IIDEX/NeoCon award, and the Metropolis/Palazetti Furniture Design Competition award.