Our Firm

We founded our firm on the premise of bringing exceptional custom residential design to every client, no matter the scale or budget of the project. We value the creation of a beautiful and functional architecture that respects its surroundings while meeting our clients’ needs. We respect our clients and our staff, and work hard to foster a firm culture that creates pride in our achievements and gives back to our community. We are Hill & Hurtt Architects.

Our Team

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Joshua O. Hill, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Principal

Hello, my name is Josh, and I am an architect living in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC.  I’ve been passionate about architecture ever since I was a little kid, to the point where I would incessantly design plans and elevations of houses in my spare time.

I was fortunate enough to attend the University of Maryland for undergraduate and graduate school in Architecture from 1994-2000, and to have the enlightening experience of studying abroad in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. These experiences of living in beautiful cities for the first time in my life invigorated me to truly understand and appreciate architecture and urbanism, and to this day those experiences still influence my design process. Having the opportunity to teach design studio at my alma mater has further reinforced the principles and ideas that I learned years ago, while allowing me to integrate them into the work that our firm does today. I love architecture, and get really excited when I get an idea from a great building that I never noticed before, or get to help a student or client realize their vision.

I live in a recently renovated Victorian house in Washington, DC, with my partner and dog. When I’m not practicing architecture or teaching, I love to wander around the city with my camera taking pictures of anything I can find that will spark new ideas or just be fun. 

I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, a “rust-belt” town and the one-time home of Studebaker Automobiles, the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, and many other industrial legends. I was always interested in this history and how it related to the physical place - the city and its surroundings. By this time, the downtown was sadly waning, and exploring its abandoned buildings was a frequent past time. Rummaging through this unfolding history encouraged my interests in architecture, urban design, and preservation.

Following graduation from the University of Notre Dame, I spent a handful of years in various types of work and different cities before finding my way back to graduate school in architecture. With my wife’s encouragement, Maryland became our home in 2000, and I began graduate school at the University of Maryland. I received my Master of Architecture with a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland College Park in 2004. Immediately following graduation I joined one of the region’s most prestigious firms, where I had the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects.

My family and I live in a 1927 bungalow in University Park, Maryland, where we have been residents since 2004. I am a musician as well as an architect, and many weekends I can be found gigging with one of the two bands I play guitar with.

I should have been able to predict a future in architecture when I was eight, spending Saturday mornings watching This Old House and getting excited as Bob Villa and Norm Abrams found collaborative ways to solve problems on site. Growing up in Akron, Ohio I developed a love for the outstanding Tudors and Colonials of my neighborhood, beautifully preserved relics of a booming industrial past. Even more fascinating than their lush grounds and exteriors were their interior details; sinuous stairs, wood paneling, colorful art tile, and deco fittings. These homes have given me an enduring love of fixtures, fittings, and the little details that make every home unique.

I attended the University of Kentucky in the rolling hills of the bluegrass where I received a Bachelor of Architecture. While in Lexington I interned with the Lexington-Fayette Division of Historic Preservation, documenting historic homes and neighborhoods. After graduation, I joined a respected DC firm working on primarily contextual residential projects. My passion for residential architecture eventually led me to become a steering committee member of the AIA Capital Area Custom Residential Architects Network, a committee of the AIA dedicated to supporting the work and education of residential practitioners.

My husband and I, along with our two young sons, reside in a mid-1940’s side hall colonial in the vibrant community of Silver Spring. When not working I am usually spending time with my beautiful boys.