As an active kid growing up in Virginia, Michael McHugh was a voracious fort builder, and dirt digger. With his boundless energy, you would rarely find him sitting still, unless he was drawing. He could sit and draw for hours. That love of drawing and art drew him into the field of design and architecture. After graduating from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture in 1995, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest.
Having worked for several northwest architecture firms, including Group Mackenzie, Opsis, and MWA Architects, Michael honed his skills on a wide variety of projects. Michael was the lead designer at MWA Architects, helping to bring a strong contemporary design aesthetic to many of their recent award winning projects.
His design process is greatly influenced by his hands on experience of fabrication and building. Michael still enjoys playing in the dirt and drawing, and brings this active enthusiasm to all his projects.
"thuis" - is the Dutch word for "Home"
While visiting the Netherlands I became very impressed with their buildings, specificly the residential architecture. The attention to detail and use of materials and the mix of old and new. New buildings didn't try to look old but would elegantly relate with its existing context.
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