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Jim Huckestein

Hendon & Huckestein Architects, PC

Jim Huckestein is co-founder of h+ha and brings recognized strength in design skills and a unique holistic understanding of both client and project parameters.  Prior to starting the firm with co-founder Erik N. Hendon in 1999, Jim worked in Atlanta and Birmingham on a variety of projects throughout the southeastern United States.

Jim’s ability to provide creative design solutions and his unique understanding of the holistic aspects of design, the implications of design on the context for which it resides, as well as the inherent inter-relational effects of design decisions that are a part of any project have been invaluable to the growth of h+ha.  Additionally, Jim provides extensive technical knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the design and construction process with a focus on exceeding client expectations.

Jim’s commitment to architecture and the practice of architecture is evident through his involvement with numerous community, professional, and institutional affiliations. Auburn University’s Urban Studio routinely seeks Jim’s involvement as a preceptor to fourth and fifth year students passing on both intellectual and intuitive knowledge of design and professional practice.  Additionally, Jim routinely serves as a Juror for Auburn University’s College of Architecture and Design.

As a member of Operation New Birmingham and the Alabama Preservation Alliance, Jim is committed to the revitalization of historic buildings and urban cores exploring ways to adaptively reuse vacant and dilapidated properties.

Jim has served as a past Treasurer, Secretary, and Director of AIA Birmingham.  Additionally, he has served as a past Councilor for the Alabama AIA.  Jim recognizes his responsibility to community and has been involved with organizations such as Rotary International, The Birmingham Zoo, United Cerebral Palsy, Operation New Birmingham, as well as numerous other charities and organizations.


  • • Auburn University: Auburn, Alabama

Bachelor of Architecture, Music Minor – 1991

  • • DSW – Volunteer / Cal EMA ID#68674

Professional & Civic Affiliations:

  • • Top Tiger 2015 Award by Business Alabama, Warren Averette and Auburn University (inaugural class)
  • • Who’s-Who in Construction, Architecture & Engineering

Birmingham Business Journal – 2009

  • • Top 40 Under 40 – Birmingham Business Journal – 2006
  • • American Institute of Architects
  • • AIA Birmingham – Past Treasurer, Secretary, Councilor and Director
  • • United Cerebral Palsy of Birmingham

From its inception in June 1999 to the present, hendon + huckestein architects, p.c. / h+ha has evolved into a highly regarded and well respected multi-disciplined design firm, providing architectural, planning and interior design expertise on work that ranges greatly in scale, complexity, and circumstance throughout the United States.

With combined experience of over fifty years, the firm’s founders James M. Huckestein, AIA and Erik N. Hendon, AIA, LEED AP emphasize the fundamental principles of architectural and business practice, understanding the essentials of both in order to gain success.

Our continued success lies in the firm’s focus on providing the highest level of design and innovation through a profound understanding of our client’s needs, budget and context.

h+ha is registered in twenty-one states and is currently working on several mixed-use retail and multi-family developments, large scale retail centers, historic restoration projects, commercial office buildings, financial institution and restaurant projects, civic and institutional projects, as well as military and healthcare projects.