Howard Duffy | Founder + Creative Director

Born in New York City, Howard received his architectural training from Hampton University and Pratt Institute. Howard founded HTDSTUDIO in 2000 which has since become an internationally recognized, research and design based practice with a mission to bring innovative design excellence to architectural, interior, urban and sustainable design projects. He has won several competitions including the Griffintown Horse Palace Competition in 2010 and Edward Waters College Library in 2004.

He has taught and lectured at numerous institutions and symposia, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, NYCoBA, CUNY City Tech, Design Nation 7 in Detroit, Newark Museum, NYU Real Estate Institute, Parsons School of Design, Pratt, NJIT and has been published in the 752-page monograph “Panel Layout for Competition“ series in 2012 and 2009, by Damdi, Korea and “DiStasio - A New Australian Pavilion” in 2008, among other national and international publications and periodicals.

Howard is a member of the Trinity Stake Holder's Ambassador Group (SAG), an advisor for Silicon Harlem, Board Member Emeritus of the West Harlem Group, and is included in the permanent collection of the African American Design Archive at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City. In addition to numerous projects currently underway, Howard is working with a Detroit non-profit with promoting job creation, sustainability and hyperlocal communities.


Hampton University, Architecture
Pratt Institute



Lectures | Symposia

Visiting Critic, Advanced Design, University of Pennsylvania, Spring
Visiting Critic, Interior Design, PRATT, Spring
Visiting Critic, Senior Interior Design, PARSONS / SCE
, Spring

Visiting Critic, Senior Interior Design, PRATT, Fall
Visiting Critic, Senior Interior Design, PARSONS / SCE
, Fall

"Transforming Small Business through High-Speed Internet"

Guest Lecturer:
A Panel Discussion moderated by Bruce Lincoln,
Founder, Advancing Community Broadband, NY

Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Davis Hall Auditorium, Columbia University

Guest Lecturer:
Symposium and Panel Discussion
LIU Brooklyn Campus, October 15, 2011

The A.N.D. Project
Guest Lecturer:
NYCoBA /NoMA Design Talks: Howard Duffy of HTDSTUDIO
INNOVANT Showroom, 37 West 20th Street, New York
Thursday, June 30th

Visiting Critic, Senior Theoretical Design, CUNY City Tech
Visiting Critic, Graduate Interior Design 1, Pratt
Lecturer / Panelist - OBD DN7 Conference, Detroit
Guest Lecturer, Parsons School of Design, New York

"THIS IS NEWARK: Symbols of a City / Public Conversation on Urban Design and Identity"
Billy Johnson Auditorium, Newark Museum, NJ

"On Working with Developers", NYU Real Estate Institute, NY

"The Business of Styling" Guest Lecturer, New School
Panelist, Brooklyn Center for Urban Environment Charrette, NY

Visiting Critic- PSD, School of Architecture, New York
"Media Packages, Parts & Pieces", Blacklines Lecture Series, NY

1999, 1998
Visiting Critic- Parsons School of Design, New York


Adjunct Instructor - Parsons School of Design, New York
Mentor Program - NJIT School of Architecture, NJ

Mentor Program - NJIT School of Architecture, NJ

Adjunct Instructor - PSD, Interior Design Studio 4, New York

Adjunct Instructor - PSD, Interior Construction, New York

Boards | Committees

2015- Member, Trinity Stakeholder's Ambassador Group, New York

2011- Present - Senior Advisor, Urban Cyberspace Co., New York

2007-Present - Founder, SamuraiWorkshop Think Tank

2005-2008 Emeritus, West Harlem Group Board of Directors




Something good can always come out of a challenge. Something can always be learned during the process. Everyone involved with the project has something to offer. Whether itís a unique site, a tight budget or a new, emerging market, HTDSTUDIO strives to innovate through design solutions and technical expertise while getting our Clients to their specific goals and objectives. We recognize this dynamic and infuse it into our approach.

Project Incubation™

HTDSTUDIO believes in investment in a good idea, sometimes just lending a hand makes all the difference. We connect business leaders and Clients to one another with our global network of relationships (4 continents and counting) vendor and service contacts that have been carefully and thoroughly qualified to collaborate with us on our projects. These relationships also include Private Equity Firms, Banking Institutions, Real Estate Brokers, Architectural and Engineering Professionals, Legal Counsel, Foreign Governments, Vendors and Manufacturers.

Research + Technical Development

Like any design firm that strives to innovate, HTDSTUDIO takes much pride in the opportunities it gets to create new architectural languages, statements and typologies. Whether limited or open competition, RFP or one-off research project, we use these exercises not only to affirm our expertise and strength as a design firm, but also to develop a steadily expanding repertoire of design elements and details. This technique has proven a considerable asset in our ability to rise to the demands and visions of our clients worldwide.


Client / Collaborator Testimonials

"Howard has been instrumental in helping my clients to think creatively about addressing their space challenges. Whenever I make a referral, I know that Howard will be thoughtful and thorough in presenting ideas and solutions that work."

Florence Adu, Dir., Real Estate + Construction, NYCCCSE

"Howard is a driven professional dedicated to creativity, innovation and design excellence, as well as what makes sense for the bottom line. He makes an excellent business partner. His crisp and collaborative professionalism make him an asset to any real estate development effort or design and construction project."

Elizabeth Geary-Archer, CEO Out-of –the-Box Marketing/
Manager of Marketing Services at Tishman Construction, New York

"I have had the opportunity to work with Howard on a number of real estate projects. He has been either lead or consultant in each case. I find Howard to be honest in his assessments, knowledgeable, and hard working and he has the rare trait of putting his clients needs first. I give Howard and HTDSTUDIO the highest possible recommendation."

Lucien Perry, CEO, Head Broker, Lucien Perry Real Estate, NY

"Howard Duffy was easy to work with and always went further than the client would expect. He created a vision made it happen on time and found cost cutting ways that did not give the vision any less power. Howard has great skill and a creative talent that makes him an ideal partner and architect on any job."

Robert Esposito, CEO, BarterLuxury, Inc., New York

"Howard is a focused collaborator who takes seriously the role that design plays in whatever medium he is working, be it architecture, graphic, furniture or interior design. He has a clean, highly developed aesthetic that does both clients and business partners proud.."

Rob Fields, Director of Content, Brand Activation Association, Inc.

"Howard's imagination, aesthetic sensibility and work ethic is the reason that HTDSTUDIO is one of the most successful design firms. I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Howard' s insight on design, architecture and business at Parsons The New School of Design. Impressive! He is amiable, honest and an extremely knowledgeable designer and architect. HTDSTUDIO is the premier professional studio for innovative design, sustainable systems, light management and a partner for 9 holes of golf."

Stephen Ang, Owner, Light Perspectives, NY



Print Media

Selected Buildings + Projects 2000-Present

"MORE Panel Layout for Competition, Vol. 3,4 &5", DAMDI Architectural Publishing Co. damdi.co.kr, Seoul, South Korea ISBN 978- 89-91111-83-1, 900 pp. in 3 Volumes / Hard Cover / Eng / Kor

"Panel Layout for Competition, Vol. 1 & 2", DAMDI Architectural Publishing Co. damdi.co.kr, Seoul, South Korea ISBN 978-89-91111-55-4, 752 pp. in 2 Volumes / Hard Cover / Eng / Kor

"This is Newark Design Expo Taking Place at Aljira"
NJ Star Ledger, April 16 <Read Article>

DiSTASIO: Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale:
Ideas Competition, Exhibition Monograph

Brooklyn Paper, "Greetings from Obamaville!"
November 13, pg.1 <Read Article>

"Brooklyn Architect Joins West Harlem Group"
The Green Magazine, January, pg.19 <PDF>

Irish Echo, Business Section, September 24, pg.17

Irish Examiner, September

"Have Faith", OCULUS, February, 2001, pg.6 <PDF>

Parsons School of Design 1999-2000 Catalogue <PDF>

"Nutty Professors" Interior Design, March 1998, pg.36 <PDF>

"Designs by Teachers of the Designers of Tomorrow"
New York Times, January 29, pg.3 <Read Article>

Digital Media


03/22 - The New Vertical City – ” Conscious Inspiration” Archidialog.com

03/19 - Nordhavnen Pixel City Featured on ArchDaily.com

March - Commonthread Featured on AECCafe.com

February - Commonthread Featured on ArchDaily.com


"HTDSTUDIO Moves Beyond Architecture"
 TangerineRUSH e-zine, Winter '09

Events / Exhibitions / National / International


Exhibitor, Commonthread HyperLocal Community for Global Applications, Yellow River Trade Conference and Exhibition, Dongying, Shandong, China, November, 17-21

The A.N.D. Project / NYCoBA / NoMA Design Talk, June 30th

"Griffintown Interrupted", An interactive exhibition featuring finalist and shortlisted proposals will open on January 17, 2011 at the Fonderie Darling http://www.fonderiedarling.org

OBD / DesignNation7 Conference / Greektown Casino Hotel, Detroit, October 27-30

Design Newark 100: Glocally Newark / 239 Collective Space, Newark, NJ Sept. 23rd - Dec. 3, 2010 / Opening Reception, Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6:30-11pm / www.glocallynewark.com

"THIS IS NEWARK: Symbols of a City 
Public Conversation on Urban Design and Identity"
Newark Museum, May 6, 6-9 PM

"This is Newark! Gateway Design Initiative"
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Newark, NJ April 8-18 

"Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale: Di Stasio Ideas Competition",  Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

2005 “Kyrl’s Quay Competition”, Cork, Ireland

Chicago Architecture Club / Chicago Waterways Finalists
iSpace Gallery, Chicago

"U2 Tower Competition", Dublin

"Small Works 6" PSD-X Gallery, NY

"Hot House: Parsons Furniture Faculty Designs Domesticity",
Sheila Aronson Gallery, New York

Harlem United Show House, New York


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Photos / Images / Drawings / Video:

Howard Duffy, Jedrzej Niezgoda, David Pidgeon

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