Owner and managing principal of HPZS, an architecture & sustainable preservation firm, April Hughes designed her first building when she was seven. Today, she’s a multi-award-winning architect & advocate for a more sustainable built environment – working to combat climate change through adaptive reuse.
A leader in Chicago firsts, April has led numerous projects – such as Chicago’s first net-zero single-family residence – that have set the standard for the future of sustainable planning and architecture in the city. She even designed the first ever LEED-NC Platinum, net-zero, no-kill cat shelter powered by solar thermal an photovoltaic cells, Harmony House.
Most notably, her many talents are matched only by her sense of humor and love of cider!