John Paul Huguley
Born and raised in Alabama, John Paul Huguley first studied at Birmingham-Southern College (B-SC). At B-SC, a liberal arts college, he completed a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. John Paul studied Historic Preservation and Structural Engineering at the University of Virginia. While working on great American “Building Art” like Monticello, Gunston-Hall, and Fallingwater, John Paul’s passion for understanding building technology and the importance of craftsmanship came to drive his career. John Paul graduated from both the school of Architecture and Engineering at UVA, and began his professional career in Boston at nationally recognoized building technology and engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz and Heger.
With a year of professional training in London, under Britain’s leading restoration firm Alan Baxter and Associates, John Paul returned to the United States to establish a national center for training the next generation of Building Artisans. With the stage set in Charleston after the devastating Hurricane Hugo, John Paul proposed a national school that would be headquartered in the city. Over the next decade of fundraising, strategic partnerships, and gaining political support at local, state and national levels, the School of the Building Arts (SoBA) was founded. In 2004, the Department of Education accepted the proposal for the first American College of the Building Arts (ACBA), formerly SoBA. John Paul remained president until 2005.
In 2005, John Paul created Building Art, LLC, a company dedicated to putting future skilled ACBA students to work in an environment that fosters growth and leadership. Projects incorporate the fields of blacksmithing, carpentry, timber framing, plastering, stone masonry and stone carving, all areas of focus at ACBA. His work with craftsmen over the years laid a solid foundation of skilled artisans from which Building Art Workshop, LLC draws upon, as well.
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