hughesumbanhowar architects : At the beginning of every project, we examine the physiology of each potential building site for design options that exploit the full potential of the setting itself, and then examine the cultural context within which the building will exist. We search for opportunities to express, and facilitate, the rare human experience where form does actually meld with function and setting.

Throughout the design and construction process, hughesumbanhowar Architects continuously exchanges views and opinions with their clients regarding strategic options, and we continually refocus our efforts on making the design and construction process through which each client must navigate as intuitive, seamless, and stress-free as possible.


Scott Hughes, AIA, is the founding principal of hughesumbanhowar Architects (huum).  As Director of Design, Scott focuses his energy on the infinite possibilities with which every project starts. He provides the firm with its overall vision and project leadership. His uniquely creative and imaginative designs, blending form with program, have resulted in such widely documented projects as BEACH ROAD 2, recognized in 2012 as one of the 100 most important Florida Buildings of the last 100 years, and SKI HOUSE H2O declared by The Wall Street Journal as the “definitive modern Florida home”. Since the founding of the firm in 2000, (huum) has been recognized over thirty (30) times for “Design Excellence” by its peers in the American Institute of Architects.

Scott is quick to acknowledge the benefits derived from his exposure to some of the masters of 20th Century architecture. This experience includes working in collaboration with Phillip Johnson, late in his career, and completing his thesis at SCI-Arc under the direction of the office of Frank Gehry. 

Hughes is a Former Trustee of The Southern California Institute of Architecture /SCI-Arc and presently serves as a member of the Local Planning Agency for the Town of Jupiter Island as well as a Board Member of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the AIA.  

Licensed Architect, California, Florida
Master of Architecture, SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Undergraduate Architectural Studies, University of Virginia



John Umbanhowar, AIA, LEED AP is the Los Angeles based principal of hughesumbanhowar. His design process initiates in compelling ideas and his solutions are derived through cross-field investigations in materials, technology, the natural and social sciences. Umbanhowar oversees huum work and projects from beginning to end, directing the tempo of the offices and acting as its central hub for communications. His hands-on involvement runs from schematic design through completion of construction and post-occupancy. Umbanhowar has been integral in several historically significant Los Angeles building projects during his career including renovation of the Troxell House by Richard Neutra and EastWest Recording Studios in collaboration with Philippe Starck.

He has been the recipient of multiple AIA awards and furniture design awards. John speaks frequently on architecture and design in Los Angeles. He is actively involved in the Los Angeles art community. Umbanhowar received his Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture/SCI-Arc.




Licensed Architect, California, Florida
Member, USGBC
Master of Architecture, SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Bachelor of Arts, Art History/French, Carleton College



Past Collaborators: Maria Barreu, John Benavente, Jon Burton, Ted Butcher, Lisa Canoy, Haan Chau, Tiago Dias, Daniel Feig, Thierry Garzotto, Hadley Hughes, Daniel Huh, Xiaotong Jiang, David Johnson, Steven Knudsen, Michael Knopoff, Andrew Lindley, Lauren Mishkind, Ayako Mizushiro, David Montalba, Kyle Pfister, Louann Prestegard, Paula Soler, Anastasia Tokmakova, Lorna Turner, Bryan Winters



CAM Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education for Mobile Museums

AIAFL Design Excellence Award - Gomez Road II Residence
AIAFL Design Honor Award - Umbria WInery and Farm
AIATC Design Merit Award - Blade Residence
AIATC Design Merit Award - Gomez Road II Residence
AIATC Design Distinguished Award - Oblivious Holdings

AIATC Design Merit Award - Big Timber Residence
AIATC Design Merit Award - Holly Lane Residence
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Via Marina Residence
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Helicopter Hangar
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Prairie Chapel
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Ski House H2o
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Grenville Road Residence

AIALA NEXTLA Design Merit Award - Prairie Chapel
AIAFL Design Honor Award - Prairie Chapel
PA Progressive Architecture Award - Prairie Chapel

AIAFL Masonry Building of the Year - River Road House

AIAFL Design Merit Award - Ski House H2o

AIATC Design Excellence Award - Pine School
Listen to jury's awards discussion
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Beach Road 5
AIATC Design Excellence Award - Abbot Kinney Live/Work
AIAFL Design Merit Award - Beach Road 1

AIA/TC Design Excellence Award - Beach Road 2
AIA/TC Design Excellence Award - Paseo Miramar

MSCA Starr Award - Monique L'Huillier, Edina
Winner Interior Design Future Furniture Competition

AIATC Design Merit - Isle Ridge Road
AIATC Design Excellence - Gomez Road
AIATC Design Excellence - Beach Road 1

AIALA Int. Arch. Design Award - Monique L'Huillier (with Design Bureau)
AIAFL Design Excellence - Gomez Road