Hugh Hynes is a cofounder of PROTOinc, an architecture and planning practice based in San Francisco. The firm has undertaken a wide variety of commercial and institutional projects that are informed by research into adaptive architectural prototypes, scenario planning, and catastrophe/ contingency tactics for the built environment. Recently, their design research has focused on the infrastructure and transportation sectors.
While at Columbia University Hugh received the school's highest honor for design—the McKim Award—as well as awards for his work in history and theory. A series of grants and fellowships from The Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, the Pella Window Corporation, and the Saul Kaplan Fund among others, has supported his research projects in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Russia on mechanisms of ex-urban proliferation, brownfield remediation, and sprawl.
Hugh's work has been featured in a number of publications, including Index Architecture, Chronomorphology: Active Time in Architecture and Polar Inertia: Journal of Nomadic and Popular Culture.
Senior Adjunct Professor, Architecture