People

April Hughes
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

OWNER, MANAGING PRINCIPAL

April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is President and Managing Principal at HPZS. A graduate of the University of Kansas, April was named 2014 AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect of the Year, and in 2013 she was the recipient of the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Award. Hughes is leading her firm, starting a new chapter in its history as a woman-owned business by embarking on a path to design and preserve a sustainable future for the Chicago community. Most recently, April was named a DuPont Emerging Leader at the Design Futures Council Sustainability Summit and led the AIA Chicago Board of Directors as Board President in 2020.

As a champion of integrated design, April has extensive sustainable design experience, including four platinum-rated LEED projects and two net-zero energy designs in the City of Chicago – both firsts for the State of Illinois. Most recently, April completed the Midwest’s first certified PHIUS renovation, and is now leading the Midwest’s first full Living Building Challenge + PHIUS project. She also collaborated on the design of Chicago’s first greywater system for a single-family residence, and one of the first variable volume vent hood installations for a restaurant kitchen in the City. April has collaborated on the creation of the Smart Code Sustainability Module, the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission Water Reuse Manual, and published Living Cities: Transforming APEC Cities into Models of Sustainability by 2030.

April’s award-winning work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and reviewed by architectural critic Blair Kamin, Chicago Realtor, Shore Magazine, the Living Well Network, ABC7News Chicago, Elle Décor and numerous other publications. She was a featured interview by Geoffrey Baer on WTTW-Chicago “Chicago Tonight,” and contributed to the best-selling Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, as well as multiple editorials for Chicago Architect Magazine. April is currently a Director serving on the Board of Directors for Chicago’s oldest women’s domestic violence organization, Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), and is leading the committee building its new multimillion dollar shelter.

Henry Zimoch
AIA

SENIOR PRINCIPAL, DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Henry Zimoch, AIA is a Senior Principal at HPZS, and is the firm’s Director of Historic Preservation. A Chicago-area native, he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1975 while working for the firm of Dubin, Dubin Black & Moutoussamy. Leaving DDB&M in 1978 he spent three years working for Marvin Ullman & Associates, and another three years as a field superintendent for a boutique general contracting company. Henry opened his own office in the Monadnock Building in 1984 and in 1991 joined Wilbert Hasbrouck, James Peterson, and Jay Sirirattumrong to form HPZS.

In his 23 years with the firm, Henry has continued to develop his expertise in historic preservation, renovation, and restoration through his work on some of the Midwest’s most significant historic structures. These include the People’s Savings Bank by Louis Sullivan (winning both The President’s Historic Preservation Award and the Chicago Chapter AIA Honor Award), Soldier Field, the Civil War era Seneca Grain Elevator, and the John Christian Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Henry Zimoch has been a member of the AIA for over 25 years. He has written several magazine articles regarding the firm’s work. He also accepts speaking engagements that focus on the architecture and history of Chicago.

Henry is an avid collector of Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School books and memorabilia that extend from the sublime (the rare 1972 Japanese book by Nobumichi Akashi Frank Lloyd Wright in Imperial Hotel) to the mundane (a box of matches from the Imperial Hotel with a faux FLLW design). He also enjoys backpacking and films, including the early history and development of film technology and the movie industry.

Kelly Moynihan
AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, CPHC®, LEED GA

PRINCIPAL

Kelly Moynihan, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, LFA, CPHC®, LEED Green Associate, serves as a Principal at HPZS, a design leader that pursues the preservation and creation of carbon-free, equitable, high-performance projects.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Illinois Institute of Technology, she has been integrated in the Chicago Architecture Community for over ten years, making connections across communities. Kelly is a multi-faceted architect, licensed in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, with experience in multiple project types and scales including affordable housing, K-12 and higher education, historic preservation/renovation, adaptive reuse, and commercial interiors.

Kelly is a certified Passive House Consultant and WELL Accredited Professional with an eye toward maximizing energy efficiency within building envelope assemblies and systems while creating beautiful, healthy places for humans. She has led projects that prioritize sustainability, achieving certifications such as LEED Platinum, Passive House Certified, and Living Building Challenge Petal Certification.  Prestigious accolades include awards at the national level, AIA COTE Top Ten, the highest honor for sustainability (Keller Center, University of Chicago), and regional awards from AIA Chicago (Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture), Urban Land Institute (Vision Award – Excellence in Environmentally Sensitive Design and Community Engagement), AIA Illinois (Sullivan Award, Best Project of the Year), and Landmarks Illinois (Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Award, Adaptive Reuse).

Kelly is actively involved as a Director for the AIA Chicago Board, Co-Chair of the AIA Chicago Environment Knowledge Community, Board Member of the Passive House Alliance Chicago Chapter, and Illinois Green Alliance, developing educational programs/events focused on strategies for decarbonizing the built environment.  Kelly reveres mentorship through AIA Chicago’s Bridge and WING programs, promoting the acceleration of women in architecture leadership inside and outside HPZS.

Travel and food are her passions; she is happiest sipping rose at her Wisconsin lake cabin or twirling Bolognese in the Italian Riviera.

Natalie Hicks
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

TECHNICAL LEADER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Natalie Hicks, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Project Manager and Technical Leader at HPZS. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning an MBA and Master of Architecture, Structures Option. In 2018, Natalie was in the first cohort of graduates from the AIA Chicago transFORM program, an intensive and interactive series of classes centered on skill building for the business of architecture.

Natalie began her career in structural engineering, working on multiple higher education and civic projects. After a few years, she transitioned to project architecture and eventually project management of major commercial renovations and ground-up projects. Her career project experience varies and includes healthcare, commercial office, religious buildings, institutional, and K-12, among others.

Throughout her career, Natalie has been actively involved with various professional organizations. She has been an active member of AIA in three cities. She currently sits on the Board of Directors at AIA Chicago and is a Co-Chair of the EDI Committee. Natalie previously was the Co-Chair of the Illinois Green Alliance Emerging Professionals Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. She was involved with Chicago Women in Architecture for many years, serving in various roles such as President and Membership Chair. Volunteering and giving back to the profession and communities continues to be one of her passions. She volunteers for Dress for Success, an organization which helps women to succeed in entering the workforce.

In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending quality time with friends, family, and her wonderful pets, two cats and a bunny. She loves concerts, festivals, trying new restaurants, and staying active either at the gym, on her bicycle, or a long walk through the city.

Andrea Sforza
AIA, CSI

PRESERVATION PROJECT ARCHITECT, PROJECT MANAGER

Andrea is a Preservation Project Architect and Project Manager at HPZS. Andrea’s work primarily focuses on existing buildings, specifically renovation, adaptive reuse, and historical restoration and recreation projects. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Andrea's work encompasses a variety of institutional, commercial, residential, and religious buildings, including most notably the award-winning restoration of Eero Saaranin's famed TWA Flight Center. She has contributed her expertise on several repair and restoration campaigns at the base of the Statue of Liberty for the National Parks Service. Additionally, she is an experienced architectural researcher and conditions assessment surveyor. Andrea is an active Board member of the Columbia University Preservation Alumni, engaging alumni throughout the country, focusing on the organization's mentorship efforts.

Sheila Schaefer
AIA, IIDA, LEED Green Associate

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Sheila Schaefer, AIA, IIDA is a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager at HPZS. A registered architect with Undergraduate and Masters of Architecture Degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, as well a Professional Diploma in interior design from the Harrington Institute of Interior Design, she is HPZS’s resident registered interior design specialist.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Sheila has been the firm’s leader in projects where architecture and interior design play a significant role in project delivery. The partnership of her architectural skills with expertise in space planning, and interior finish and furniture selection has resulted in the successful completion of a number of residential and commercial projects, including several historical renovation projects where specific attention to the existing historic architectural elements have been accentuated to provide an interrelation between the existing and the new. Sheila’s work includes the adaptive re-use of an existing 150 year old barn to a community center at Vehe Farm in Deer Park, master planning and renovation of Resurrection Lutheran Church, interior design of the Fort Massac State Park’s Visitor Center and Prairie Avenue Bookshop, interior renovation and additions to several residential properties, and interior build-out of various corporate offices such as Edison Credit Union, Land America, and Eaglemark Financial Services.

During Sheila’s twenty years at HPZS, she has held a teaching position at the Harrington Institute of Interior Design for interior programming where she helped guide students in the understanding of the fundamental concepts of design, code research, and spatial planning. She is both a member of the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association.

Outside the office, Sheila has over 15 years of experience in the ceramic arts and enjoys volunteering her time at a local Chicago ceramic studio where she assists students in the execution of handmade ceramic art, specializing in wheel thrown sculpture with Art Nouveau styling. She has also actively participated in the study of martial arts with a specific focus in weaponry training and teaching.

Noelle Kramer
ASSOCIATE AIA

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Noelle Kramer is a Junior Project Manager | Project Architect at HPZS. She completed her undergraduate at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a minor in History and her graduate degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her passion is influenced by her love for history and the relationship architecture has culturally.

She began her career in single-family/ multi-family residential that include student, senior, high-end, and mixed-use projects. After a few years, she transitioned to commercial interior and municipal projects that range from smaller repositioning efforts to ground up mid-rises.

In 2020, Noelle had the opportunity to be part of the AIA Chicago transFORM program. She encourages involvement in professional organizations such as AIA – Chicago (American Institute of Architects), CWA (Chicago Women in Architecture), and iNOMA (the Illinois National Organization of Minority Architects). Noelle previously served on the Board of Directors for AIA-Eastern Illinois Chapter, was Treasurer for iNOMA, and President for CWA.

When she is not volunteering, you will most likely find her cultivating her green thumb or enjoying the diverse cuisine Chicago has to offer. Pre-pandemic Noelle enjoyed traveling to one new country each year to experience the influences of the built world and observe the community developed around these buildings.

Lexy Martone
ASSOCIATE AIA

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

Lexy Martone, Associate AIA, is an Architectural Designer at HPZS. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati DAAP Program where she obtained her Bachelor of Architecture in 2017.

In 2016, Lexy resided and studied in Stuttgart, Germany at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, furthering her knowledge of functionality, design principles, and planning for interior architecture. She formerly worked with firms that specialize in educational, institutional, cultural, and commercial facilities. The last three years, Lexy won awards for her outstanding designs and group participation in Canstruction Chicago, an A/E/C design and build event that benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Her time as a volunteer for Refortify, a 5-week program that teaches children architectural concepts and implementation using donated materials, taught her the importance of user experience and connecting with community.

Her architectural passion is embedded in the notion of inclusivity and ecological sustainability, understanding that every client is a unique opportunity. When she isn’t focusing on human-centered design, Lexy enjoys her improv performances, playing on two soccer leagues and tending to her abundant plant collection.

Riya Desai
ASSOCIATE AIA

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

Riya Desai is an Architectural Designer at HPZS. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree with a focus on Art/Architectural History and Landscape Design from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2021.

She  previously worked at small firms focusing on a range of residential, structural, educational and community development projects in Chicago.  Riya volunteered at Habitat for Humanity through a school club which gave her firsthand construction experience a way to explore different cities. She was a project manager for the SOFA Connect competition at Navy Pier in 3rd year of Architecture school which gave her an opportunity to lead a huge team through a competition that her team ultimately won.

Passionate about art, culture, and languages. Riya is self-taught N4-Level certified in Japanese and hoping to pursue it further, and likes to spend time in digital art/animation as a hobby inspired by film classes she took in IIT.

Sarah Godbee
AFFILIATE AIA

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Sarah Godbee, Affiliate AIA, is Marketing Coordinator for HPZS. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Public Relations and International Studies. Her collective participation in UAB’s Public Relations Student Society of America resulted in the state-wide 2017 Chapter of the Year Award, in addition to a Public Relations Council of Alabama Award of Excellence and Medallion Award.

Recruited by an association management firm after graduation, Sarah unearthed her zeal for architecture through continuing education and fundraising events with AIA Birmingham and the Alabama Center for Architecture’s school-forward programs. Her time spent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust nurtured her belief that architecture reflects culture, as well as the importance of historic preservation. While she isn’t brainstorming new ways to advocate for HPZS, Sarah finds joy in collecting vinyl, camping, and attending concerts.