Fuqua Architects was started by Ben Fuqua. He is a registered architect in New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and has worked in the city for twenty years. Ben came to New York to study at Columbia’s Graduate School for Architecture Planning and Preservation where he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture with honors.
After graduation, Ben worked at Gabellini Associates (now Gabellini Sheppard) where he first began to understand interior spaces and the importance of clarity in design. He worked, primarily in retail, with such clients as Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani and Nicole Farhi. While with Gabellini, he also created a design for a piazza in Verona Italy, which won a prestigious Progressive Architecture Award.
Later, Ben moved to Architecture Research Office in order to work on the Prada Flagship in SoHo with Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas and OMA. Through this experience, Ben developed a deep understanding of design documentation and construction administration at their highest levels. Other projects at ARO included numerous competitions and the Nancy and Edwin Marks Permanent Collections Gallery for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Ben then moved to David Howell Design (also DHD pllc) where he stayed for over eleven years. In that time, he was Architect of Record for much of the firm’s work. He served as lead architect for the office, mentoring younger staff, and he was central to almost all aspects of the firm’s work including website design, marketing, awards, and proposals. As part of his move into residential design, he oversaw cornerstone townhouse projects for the firm from concept to completion.
In many ways, Ben’s design work mirrors his own life. As he was making a home for himself and his family, he was doing the same for his clients.