(1932–2017) Hugh Hardy has built and reshaped America’s cultural landscape through architecture. Throughout his 50-year career, Hardy’s work has been consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context.
Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm. The firm was founded in 2004, as the successor firm to Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates founded in 1967 and Hugh Hardy & Associates established in 1962. His celebrated projects include the LCT3 addition (The Claire Tow Theater) to Lincoln Center Theater; renovation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; U. S. Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi; multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the restoration of Radio City Music Hall; and the revitalization of Bryant Park in New York. His faithful restorations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters, among many other projects on 42nd Street, were pivotal in the reemergence of Theater Row as one of New York’s premier places of entertainment.
Hugh Hardy’s recent awards include the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Architecture by the United States General Services Administration, PlaceMark Award from the Design History Foundation, President’s Award from the Architectural League of New York, and the Distinguished Achievement Award in Theatre Design by the U. S. Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.
His new book, Theater of Architecture, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in April 2013.