design team

Jim Huckestein, AIA

James M. Huckestein, AIA is co-founder of Hendon + Huckestein Architects, PC / h+ha, a multi-discipline architectural, interior design and planning firm established in 1999 and is based in Birmingham, Alabama. Hendon + Huckestein Architects practice has grown into a national company having completed work in 18 states. Jim currently holds registration in ten states throughout the United States.

Jim believes architecture is primarily concerned with establishing a "spirit of place" or genius loci, inspired by the uniqueness of each site and each client. 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 affects of design decisions that are a part of any project have been invaluable to the growth of h+ha. Through continual discussions Jim seeks to make each project compelling and reinforce its contextual setting.

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 for architecture 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 once vacant and dilapidated properties.

Elected as an AIA Alabama Councilor in 2004 and 2005, representing the Birmingham Chapter AIA, Jim worked with local and state representatives to address issues affecting the practice of architecture throughout the State of Alabama . In addition to his commitments as a councilor, Jim served on a special committee for Continuing Education and the Alabama AIA Convention. In 2006, Jim was elected as one of two Directors of the Birmingham AIA Executive Committee.

Recognizing his responsibility to community, Jim is an active member of Rotary International which works with local community groups such as the Department of Family and Child Development, The Cahaba River Society, The Birmingham Zoo, as well as various other charities and organizations.

Professional & Civic Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Architects/AIA - member
  • Councilor – Alabama Council AIA 2004 & 2005
  • Co Director– Birmingham AIA 2006
  • United Cerebral Palsy – Fundraiser
  • Sunrise Rotary Club - member
  • Sunrise Rotary – Hurricane Katrina Relief Project
  • Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament charitable donor
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International 2006
  • Operation New Birmingham - member
  • Auburn University Urban Studio – Juror & Speaker
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - member
  • Alabama Preservation Alliance - member
  • Dawson Memorial Baptist Church - member
  • Dawson Preschool / Children's Ministry – Ad Hoc Committee member
  • Dawson Facilities Master Planning Committee
  • Sunday School Discussion Leader
  • Christmas in April past volunteer
  • Birmingham Chamber of Commerce - member
  • Vestavia Hills East Elementary School
  • Silent Auction donor


Bachelor of Architecture, with a Music Minor
Auburn University - 1991