Casey Hughes


Casey Hughes Architects

Monday, November 21, 2011

Describe what creativity means to you?

I don’t typically think about things in terms of creativity. I’m more interested in process and how the way we work informs the design outcome. Instead of understanding the things we make as a product of our thinking, I have come to understand thinking and making as being inseparable within the design process.

What influences your work?

Frank Gehry’s work from the late 60’s is particularly relevant because of his interest (at the time) in creating compelling architecture using standard (inexpensive) construction techniques and materials. “The tighter the budget, the more expertise you need to squeeze something good out of the process.”

Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry (

I’m also interested in paintings like David Hockey’s “A Bigger Splash,” which are simultaneously graphic (flat) and spatial. I’m exploring ways to deploy this technique in architecture.

What challenges do you face in your work and how do you overcome them?

Architects typically wait for clients to commission projects. I’m interested in a more proactive model where we develop our own initiatives in addition to commissioned projects. This allows us to take the initiative in defining the agenda of our work.