Hugh Hardy

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Hugh Hardy
Born 1931 (age 85–86)
Majorca, Spain
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Tiziana Hardy
Children Two

Hugh Hardy (born in Majorca, Spain, in 1932) is an American architect.[1] He is known for his work designing theaters, performing-arts venues, public spaces, and cultural facilities across the United States. Many of his designs are created in New Classical styles.

The New Yorker writer Brendan Gill called him "the Stanford White of our fin de siècle".[2] 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."[3]


Originally graduating from the 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.[1] One of his first projects was to work on the Eero Saarinen-designed Vivian Beaumont Theater, painting a hotel room set for the original production of the musical play Gypsy.[3]

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.[4]

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,[5] the Architectural League of New York's President's Medal (2010),[6] and the Historic Districts Council's Landmarks Lion award (2013).[7] In 1981, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an associate member, and became a full academician in 1994.

His company was the architect for Casa 74, also known as 255 East 74th Street, a 30-story, 87-apartment condominium building in the Upper East Side neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City.

In 2010, Hardy was one of 52 leading architects invited to participate in Vanity Fair's 2010 World Architecture Survey.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hugh is married to Italian architect Tiziana Hardy.[8] and has two children, Sebastian and Penelope.


Select examples of his firm's work include:

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