Hank Louis

Founder and Director, DesignBuildBLUFF

Hank Louis is the founder and philosophical leader of DesignBuildBLUFF, across the San Juan River from the vast Navajo Nation in Bluff, Utah.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with an AB in Humanities in 1975, Hank worked as a writer and journalist. Intrigued by the process of designing and building his own home in the jungle of Costa Rica, Hank enrolled non-matriculated at the University of Utah in order to tackle prerequisites, achieving an M.Arch. and the Certificate of Merit from the Henry Adams Fund of the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in the Study of Architecture in 1987.

Hank has been principal of 15.15 Architects and Form Fifteen. He was a biennial visiting studio critic at the University of Utah until founding a supporting nonprofit organization in 2000, the DesignBuildBluff program, which teaches graduate students of architecture design/build, empathetic, team, and sustainability, among other skills He currently leads the efforts at gigaplex inc., an award-winning firm based in Park City, Utah.

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News for: Hank Louis

Speaker at FiRe 2010 and 2011

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DesignBuildBluff: Students design and build new homes for Navajo families
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 at 2:16am

Presenting the AD Architecture School Guide: University of Utah
Posted on 5 Aug 2012 at 5:00pm

The Windcatcher House
Posted on 15 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

TEDx brings people together to share ideas
Posted on 18 May 2019 at 5:00pm

6 Architecture Schools With Stellar Design-Build Programs
Posted on 10 Nov 2015 at 2:44pm

colorado building workshop realizes desert-based self-build project
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm

Humanitarian Design
Posted on 15 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

Tailgate: Hank Louis, Teacher
Posted on 27 Apr 2011 at 9:00pm

Design Build Bluff Studio
Posted on 21 Oct 2008 at 5:00pm

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