The Hunt Laudi Studio was founded in 2001 by Julian Hunt and Lucrecia Laudi with the ambition to introduce the latest international ideas in architectural and landscape thinking to the Washington metropolitan region. In our thinking, the District of Columbia, which suffers from an image as a place of received ideas rather than one that generates innovation, was undergoing a profound change after nearly fifty years of stasis and decline. Our ambition is to help put the District back on the cultural map.Inspired by the example of the renovation of Barcelona, where the two principals lived and worked for nearly ten years, the driving design philosophy of the Hunt Laudi Studio emphasizes the critical importance of public space as the connective tissue of social life. That same ordering principal informs all scales of design intervention, from giving primary importance to the pedestrian experience in public space, to the organizing clarity that well-designed circulation and site specific sensibilities give to a building or a landscape.
The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) is a non-profit dedicated to re-opening the abandoned streetcar station under Dupont Circle as an event and exhibition venue. Inspired by the example of the High Line in the meatpacking district of Manhattan, the ACDU aims to put the District on the international cultural map. Hunt holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a M.Arch. from Rice University.