Hufft welcomes new Partners, promotes Director of Operations

We are excited to announce the addition of two new partners, Jeff Kloch and Brad Kingsley, and the promotion of Heather Hancock to Director of Operations!  

Founded in 2005 by Matthew and Jesse Hufft, the design studio is known for its innovative approach to architecture and fabrication. The promotions come at a time when the firm is building on recent success and focusing on the future. The partners see a future where the integration of design, technology, and fabrication can be scaled to help reduce environmental impact and solve problems on a global scale. Together, the three partners will continue focusing on advancing Hufft’s mission to create meaningful spaces and objects, inspired by people and places. 

As partners, Kloch and Kingsley will build on their already successful tenure at Hufft. Kloch has been with the firm for 12 years, establishing himself as a trusted client advisor with high-level design and focus on technical detailing. He oversees commercial, multi-family and retail projects, in addition to managing the firm’s fabrication division. Kloch has led some of the firm’s most notable projects, including the renovation of Kansas City’s historic Savoy Hotel for 21C Museum Hotels, and 1 West Armour, a new mixed-use commercial development in Midtown Kansas City.  

Kingsley has been with the firm for 8 years and is an architect and urban designer who is passionate about the intersection of culture, buildings and cities. He oversees Hufft’s operations in Northwest Arkansas in addition to being responsible for the firm’s higher-education projects. Kingsley is currently leading the development of the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R), a $120M multi-disciplinary research facility at the University of Arkansas.  

“Jeff and Brad are both seasoned Hufft veterans, overseeing different regions of the practice,” said Matthew Hufft. “They bring unique skill sets that have expanded our expertise, and their leadership and management capabilities have been recognized by our clients and team members.” 

The promotion of Heather Hancock to Director of Operations reflects the company’s commitment to multi-disciplinary collaboration. With years of experience in financial and operational leadership, Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this new role. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial growth, day-to-day operations, and ensuring Hufft remains at the forefront of the industry. 

“We are proud to promote Heather to Director of Operations,” said Hufft. “She brings a diverse and valuable skillset that is hard to find in our field, and we are confident that she will play a crucial role in helping us achieve our mission and vision for the future of architecture.” 

“We are entering a new era,” continued Hufft. “Technology and climate change are changing the way we live, and the integration of digital process in design is opening new doors for how we understand buildings and their impact on the environment. We are proud to be at the forefront of this transformation and are committed to continuously pushing the boundaries of what is possible through an integrated approach to design.”  

Hufft was founded on the principle that collaboration between designers and builders increases innovation and produces better results for clients. This philosophy has evolved throughout the company’s history, and today the design and fabrication studio has become a laboratory to test new ideas. Hufft will soon be rolling out the latest evolution of that philosophy – a parametric and component-based approach to designing and fabricating custom millwork that streamlines decisions, increases quality and reduces waste. The new partners believe this is an approach that can be scaled and will shape the future of buildings and cities.