Hufft Projects Fall Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

This fall we have a new fire pit at the Showhouse. S’mores and my new acoustic guitar now find their way to this fire pit on a regular basis.

E Minor, A Major, D Major, G Major. These are my main chords on the guitar, at the moment. Beginner chords, but it is a start. I once played a little, back in the day. Now I am taking it up again. It has been over fifteen years, so I am pretty much starting all over. Besides being a relaxing release for me to focus on, it is also a great reminder of the challenges inherent to any creative endeavor, and the gratificiation received. 

The guitar has also reminded me of being the creative director of a design collective. Every day we arrive at the studio with the hopes of creating beautiful buildings and objects. The strings on the guitar are analogous to each design talent on a creative team. Creating harmony and beauty with this instrument is the awesome privilege that my team enjoys each day. Thanks to those of you that allow us to play, and to those of you that listen.

-Matthew

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Help Wanted!

The front porch at 3612 Karnes is filling up with people, but we still have room for more! Can you imagine yourself in this picture? Take a look at the job descriptions below, then send your resume to info@hufft.com.

 
Hufft Projects is currently looking to fill the following full time positions:

Office Coordinator

The Office Coordinator will run the general and overall operations of our Kansas City office, oversee the administrative staff and report to the management team.

Build Superintendent

Our Build Superintendents assist with all job related tasks on various construction projects and report to the Build Directors.

Laborer Assist

Laborer Assist will help with all jobsite related labor for the Build Division, assist with labor related tasks for office in general, and report to the Build Directors.


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the open positions. Even if you don’t fit into any of these categories, don’t hesitate to send your resume or portfolio. We’re always looking for talented people to join our studio.

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Gavin named a KANSAS! Creator of Culture

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Hufft Projects is a design collective. Our studio combines all sorts of creative people from diverse backgrounds, people who are comfortable filling many roles. Gavin Snider is one of these creative types. Operating under the catch-all title of designer, Gavin tackles architecture, graphic design, blogging, PR and marketing here at Hufft Projects. Outside of the office, you may have seen him wandering the streets, pen in one hand and a sketchbook in the other. He stops to draw historic buildings and modern architecture, grain elevators and railroad tracks, rolling hills, open skies and the occasional sea monster. His architectural experience and illustrations inform one another. 

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Standard Style Plaza

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Standard Style’s flagship store was one of the first projects completed by our studio. Nearly a decade after the first go-round, Emily and Matt Baldwin asked us to update the popular Plaza shop to reflect the company’s evolving brand. 

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Webster House

The Webster House is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. A modern renovation of a historic two-story brownstone, our design celebrates the connection between old and new, the link between historic and contemporary.

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Collective: The Artists of Hufft Projects

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Hufft Projects is a true design collective. Our team is made up of architects, interior designers, graphic designers, wood craftsmen, metal craftsmen, industrial designers, construction managers, builders, digital fabricators, accountants, administrators, musicians, writers, and artists, all working together in our Kansas City studio. Most of us don’t fit into just one of these titles. We move easily between disciplines, learning from what the others around us have to offer. This collaboration makes us better at what we do.

On First Friday, June 6th, we’ll showcase some of our projects, including sculptures, illustrations, videos, prints, painting and graphics. The show is happening at the MWE offices on 1720 Wyandotte Street, the epicenter of the Crossroads Arts District’s First Friday festivities. It runs from 5:30 to 9PM and is open to the public. Seven artists will be showing pieces in the exhibition. Here’s a bit about their work.

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Five Projects Recognized by AIA Springfield

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Earlier this month we made the short trip south to downtown Springfield for the 2014 AIA Design Awards. Our first office was here in Springfield, right off Park Central Square. Our first commission was here too, a residence built by local craftsmen called the Line House. We remain deeply connected to the city. Since that first residence, we’ve completed more projects in Springfield than anywhere else, from salons to supermarkets, houses to dental offices, farmers markets to frozen custard shops. We entered five of those projects in the 2014 Design Awards Program. We went home with five awards.

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Big Win for Kali B.

We’re excited to announce that our very own Kali Buchanan is the winner of the IIDA Mid America Chapter’s Aloft Award. Aloft is given every two years to an emerging designer who has shown a fresh, artistic and thoughtful approach to interior design. If you asked us to describe Kali, we couldn’t have put it better.

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Now Hiring: Staff Accountant

Hufft Projects is a diverse design collective made up of motivated, creative people—architects, designers, wood craftsmen, metal craftsmen, artists, construction managers, analysts and administrators.

We’re looking for a Staff Accountant to join our team. 

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Check out the detailed description of the position that follows. If this sounds like a good fit for you, send your resume to accounting@hufft.com.

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The Bellerive

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Located on historic Armour Boulevard, The Bellerive was one of the first and most glamorous residential hotels built in Kansas City. Hufft Projects was hired by an enterprising developer to restore the common spaces of the building to their former grandeur.

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Our renovation, in partnership with Gastinger Walker Harden, recently won a 2014 Capstone Award for Adaptive Reuse from the Kansas City Business Journal.

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