James R. Hughes, AIA, AICP

James R. Hughes, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C

Principal / Senior Project Manager

Jim Hughes has more than 30 years of experience in the development, master planning, design, and construction of public and private projects.  He is the firm’s senior project manager for architecture and planning for the modifications and renovations of the Ticket Lobby facilities at Orlando International Airport, and previously was the senior project manager for the expansion of Airsides 1 & 3.

Before joining C.T. Hsu + Associates, Jim served as a major and base engineer for Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. and senior program manager, architect and planner with Nakata Planning Group in Denver, Colo.  He is a licensed architect in Florida, California, Colorado and Minnesota; holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certificate and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners in Florida and Colorado. 

Jim received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor’s degree in Architecture with a minor in Urban Planning from North Dakota State University at Fargo, N.D.


Rene Alvarez

Rene Alvarez, AIA

Senior Associate, Senior Planner/Designer

Rene Alvarez has worked in the planning and planning and design field for more than 25 years. At C.T. Hsu + Associates, he provides master planning, feasibility studies, programming, building designs and project management for many of the firm’s signature projects including Edgewater High School, Osceola High School, Seminole State College’s Sanford/Lake Mary campus master plan, the Orange County Convention Center West Entrance and Valencia College / UCF University Center.

Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Rene served as a senior designer with Architekturbüro Prof. Harald Deilmann in Münster, Germany where he worked in the urban design department on residential, commercial, and industrial projects.  He holds a Master of Science degree in urban design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and is fluent in Spanish, German and Portuguese.

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