April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is Owner and Managing Principal at HPZS. A graduate of the University of Kansas, in 2014 April was named 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 the 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.
April has extensive sustainable design experience, highlighted by the completion of three LEED Platinum and one Gold project. She has collaborated on the creation of the Smart Code Sustainability Module, the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission Water Reuse Manual, as well as the recently published Living Cities: Transforming APEC Cities into Models of Sustainability by 2030.
A leader in Chicago firsts, April 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; her work has resulted in Chicago's first net-zero single-family residence (Yannell Residence) and first net-zero commercial building (Harmony House).
April’s 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 (PBS) for the Yannell Residence on “Chicago Tonight.”
April is a contributing editor to GreenBeanChicago.com. She has contributed to the best-selling Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature to the American Institute of Architect’s Young Architects Forum (YAF) Connection Magazine. She was a finalist in the national USGBC Emerging Green Builders Design Competition (2003) as well as AIA Chicago’s ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle Competition (2004).April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C