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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Modern on Meadow

"You can change everything about your house except the location," the old adage goes. The owners of Modern on Meadow loved everything about their Leawood neighborhood. It was the house that needed changing. The couple desired spaces that were open, modern and bright, and their 1950s single-story ranch home afforded them none of these things.

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We set out to renovate it to fit their lifestyle. When it became clear early on that the program they needed wouldn’t fit inside the existing footprint, the renovation became an addition.

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Health House

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Architects like to measure the success of their buildings after they’ve been constructed. Here at Hufft Projects, we’re no different. When we finished Health House, a fitness center on 81st and State Line Road in Kansas City, we wanted to see how our design performed. But boring post-occupancy surveys or piles of barely decipherable data generated by smart building systems? This just wouldn’t do.

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On a rainy evening, we pulled on our gym shorts, laced up our sneakers and set out for Health House. Walking into the workout facility, you’re greeted by a reception desk, the main built element in the space. It sits in a freestanding box, the pine-clad interior warmed by flush-mounted Edison bulbs. There are fresh flowers on the desk, and a sheet of powdercoated metal wraps a single workstation. 

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