Rikki Hughes

Awards

Robinson Residence, Lusk Building & Remodeling, 2003

  • San Diego Home and Garden Magazine Remodels of the Year - Single Room Addition
  • Chrysalis Award - Small Room Addition Winner

Coronado Condominiums, Lusk Building & Remodeling, 2003

  • Chrysalis Award - National Facelift Winner

Ekstrom Residence, Lusk Building & Remodeling, 2004

  • San Diego Home and Garden Magazine Remodels of the Year - Best Interior Planning.

Interest

Gardening

Kayaking

Scuba Diving

Hiking

Summary

In August 1995, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.  While working in the residential construction industry I gained valuable job-site experience in building techniques and trade practices, as well as the use and application of the Uniform Building Code. 

I was able to put my field experience to work as the designer in a design/build remodeling company. Later, I left to start my own design business, in which I put together and worked with teams from various engineering disciplines on residential and mixed-use projects. 

I moved to Texas from San Diego in the spring of 2005.  In 2006 I went to work at Home Depot and gained management experience as a department supervisor.  My development as a manager has translated into the 9% growth of several already successful departments, as well as the turn-around of another department into the best in the district.

Work History

Work History
Dec 2002 - Present

Owner/Designer

RH Architectural Design

Design room additions, new homes, and kitchens & bath remodels.  I also have experience designing multi-family, tenant improvement, and mixed-use occupancies.  Portfolio available upon request.

  • Design living spaces for homeowners based upon their needs and wants.  
  • Oftentimes giving them more than they thought they needed or wanted.
  • Produce complete sets of working drawings for client to approve and for the contractor to bid from.  The final drawings were then submitted to governing agencies for permitting.
  • Worked with various general contractors during construction to complete plan changes or to make field adjustments.
Aug 2006 - Present

Dept Supervisor

The Home Depot

Department Supervisor (Key Carrier)

  • Flooring and Decor
  • Kitchens & Appliances

I am responsible for two specialty departments with six associates that (combined) gross over $4,000,000 per year.  Main responsibilities are all aspects of managing a retail business, including:

  • Ordering
  • Merchandising 
  • Managing special order and installation business 
  • Personnel issues
  • Hiring & training

As a key-carrying manager, I am also responsible for store management, security, and overseeing all daily operations of the store.

Nov 1999 - Dec 2002

Designer

Lusk Building and Remodeling

Architectural Designer.

  • Preliminary Design:  Met with clients to review and revise their project, evaluate the site, and produce presentation drawings using Chief Architect. 
  • Working Drawings:  Consulted with engineers (structural, environmental, fire, geotechnical, etc) to produce a full set of working drawings, including floor plans, foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, schedules, details, and anything else necessary to describe the structural and architectural construction of the project.
  • Permits and Inspections: Worked with city building officials to obtain all required permits for the proposed work.  Additionally, I met field inspectors at the job site for standard progress inspections and to discuss job-site changes and corrections.
Apr 1998 - Aug 1999

Associate Inspector

West Coast Property Consultants

Associate Inspector.  I inspected construction of new single-family residences in the following areas: foundation, structural framing and hardware, window installation, exterior wall assemblies, sheet metal assemblies, roof dry-in, and finished roof.

Architectural Intern.  Assisted the in-house architect on various construction defect cases in which he provided expert testimony.  My responsibilities were to help him organize forensic evidence, photographic and water-test documentation, and customer service records, and to prepare courtroom presentation material.

Education

Education
Sep 1992 - Aug 1995

BS Architecture

University of Texas, Arlington
1991 - 1992

The New School of Architecture

Skills

Skills

Project Management

  I have enjoyed organizing and working with teams from various engineering disciplines (city engineering, geophysical, structural, environmental, and acoustical) on many residential and mixed-use projects. These collaborations provide more than a necessary function; in some cases they allow us to use defining structural elements as design elements.  Sometimes the necessity of function opens up unexplored possibilities.  

Architectural Rendering

Mostly self-taught, I have produced architecturally rendered drawings for contest entries, construction documents, and community presentations.  The media I most commonly use are Prismacolor pens and colored pencils, although I have used watercolor and acrylics on occasion.

Model Building

I have used this skill for years in order to work out massing and spacial modeling, and to help describe a project in an easy hands-on experience.  The best materials to work with are cardboard, card-stock, bass wood, and acrylic sheets.

Drafting/ Construction Documents

  I have over ten years of active experience drawing and compiling construction and engineering documents for permit review and approval.  I prefer modeling design programs (for the virtual experience as much as for the accurate reality-check they provide).  I have experience in the field as a third-party construction inspector, so much of my design is based on first-hand knowledge of how details translate to real-world construction.  

Certifications

Certifications

Various, see below

National Kitchen and Bath Association

Connector Workshop

Simpson Strong-Tie