Hugh Hardy is a leading American architect born in Majorca, Spain in 1932. He is best known for his work designing theaters, performing arts venues, public spaces, and cultural facilities across the United States.
The late New Yorker writer Brendan Gill called him “the Stanford White of our fin de siècle”. In 1995, Julie Iovine of the New York Times wrote, “There is scarcely a cultural icon in the city with which Mr. Hardy has not been involved.”
Originally graduating from Deerfield Academy, Hardy went on to graduate from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Architecture and with a Master of Fine Arts. After serving with the engineering corps of the United States Navy, he worked as the Architectural Assistant to set designer Jo Mielziner in New York. One of his first projects was to work on the Saarinen-designed Vivian Beaumont Theater, painting a hotel room set for the original production of "Gypsy".
Hardy has founded three firms in his career: Hugh Hardy & Associates in 1962, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer in 1967, and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture in 2004. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer received the American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award in 1981, the highest honor bestowed upon a firm for distinguished architecture. Hardy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Hardy was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993. He is a winner of Placemark Award from the Design History Foundation (2001), the AIA New York Chapter’s Presidents Award (2002), the General Services Administration Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Architecture, and the Architectural League of New York’s President’s Medal (2010). In 1981 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1994.
In 2010, Hardy was one of 52 leading architects invited to participate in Vanity Fair’s 2010 World Architecture Survey.
Hugh is married to Italian architect Tiziana Hardy. and has two children, Sebastian and Penelope.
Select examples of his firm's work include:
- Radio City Music Hall Renovation, New York, NY
- Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
- Rizzoli Bookstore, New York, NY
- Theatre for a New Audience, Brooklyn, NY
- LCT3 / Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY
- New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, NY
- New Victory Theater, New York, NY
- Theater Row, New York, NY
- Bridgemarket, New York, NY
- Bryant Park Kiosks, Café, and Grill, New York, NY
- Herald and Greeley Square Park Kiosks, New York, NY
- Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA
- Joyce Theater, New York, NY
- Rainbow Room Renovation, New York, NY
- 18 West 11th Street, New York, NY
- Windows on the World Renovation, New York, NY (destroyed 9/11/2001)
- Alice Busch Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, NY
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