Hank Louis

Hank Louis

Founder and Director, DesignBuildBluff


Hank Louis is the founder and philosophical leader of DesignBuildBLUFF design studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the principle and owner of Gigaplex Architects in Park City.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with an AB in Humanities in 1975, Hank worked as a writer and journalist. Intrigued by the process of designing and building his own home in the jungle of Costa Rica, Hank enrolled non-matriculated at the University of Utah in order to tackle prerequisites, achieving an MArch and the Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architects in 1987.

Hank has been principal of 15.15 Architects and Form Fifteen. He was a biennial visiting studio critic at the University of Utah until founding the DesignBuildBluff program in 2000, which teaches graduate students of architecture design/build, empathetic, team, and sustainability skills, among others.