Marquis Top Business Owners

 Kurt Hughes

Title: Owner and Architect
Company: Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Kurt Hughes, owner and architect at Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architectural design.

Mr. Hughes embarked on his educational journey with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington in 1979. His passion for learning led him to pursue composite boat building coursework at the University of California, Berkeley, and engage in graduate coursework in architecture at the University of Hawaii. Since 1985, Mr. Hughes has been the driving force behind Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs in Seattle, WA, where he serves as the owner and principal architect. His expertise extends to the realm of Tiny Houses, a venture he has been actively involved in since 2011, showcasing his versatile design skills.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Hughes has achieved remarkable success and recognition. His invitations to speak at prestigious conferences and events worldwide underscore his standing in the industry. Notable engagements include presentations at the 1992 and 1994 Marine Applications of Composite Materials Conference, the 1994 Multihull Structure Design Conference, and multiple appearances at the Miami International Boat Show from 1994 to 1999. Additionally, he shared his insights at events such as the Merrick Conference in New Zealand in 2006, the 2006 IBEX Conference, the 2006 Structural Engineers Association of Seattle Marine Design event, and more.

Mr. Hughes became involved in his profession because of his passion for design and naval architecture. Since 1984, he has been dedicated to designing catamarans. Recognizing the drawbacks of traditional tiny houses, he applied catamaran design principles over 12 years ago, creating an innovative and resilient tiny house design weighing only 2,000 to 3,000 pounds. This design showcased exceptional resilience during a tornado, contrasting starkly with a nearby stick-framed structure that succumbed to a windstorm.

A standout highlight in Mr. Hughes’ career is his visionary design, the Lunar Lander Dwelling, a unique and innovative retro-futurist tiny house. With over 1,700 catamaran and trimaran designs in his portfolio, Mr. Hughes is a stalwart known for his tireless pursuit of perfection and cutting-edge ideas. Looking forward, Mr. Hughes envisions a continuation of his current endeavors in naval and tiny housing architecture. His advice to aspiring professionals in the industry is to embrace technology and gain experience by working in someone else’s office.

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