The HAIGHArchitects+Designers studio was founded in New York in 1985, by Paul Haigh and Barbara H.Haigh. The practice is recognized as a leading multi-disciplined architecture and design firm for its portfolio of award winning projects. The studio has completed projects for a wide variety of cultural and commercial clients in the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.
Acclaimed projects include the Knoll Design Center in New York, the VitraUSA assembly facility, Carolines on Broadway comedy theatre, Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Sculpture Galleries, John Kaldor's New York ARTApartment, and the Brooks Brothers and SteubenGlass flagship stores.
Architecture honors and awards include selection in the '40 Under 40' review of American Architects and as one of the Architectural League of New York 'Emerging Voices'. Architectural project awards include recognition in the American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards, American Institute of Architects State Honor Awards, Architectural Record Houses and the Annual Interiors Awards, Technical awards include a Lumen Award for lighting design and a United States Institute of Theatre Technology Merit Award. The studio received a Royal Institute of British Architects Award for the Blackpool Wind Shelters International Design Competition in 2002.
Product design awards include multiple ID Review Awards and IBD Awards in addition to consecutive Progressive Architecture International Furniture Competition Awards. On an international level, projects have received awards in Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom including the Virtu Design Award, the East meets West International Design Competition and the IFDA 2011 International Furniture Design Asahikawa Competition. Objects and drawings are in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.
International competition entries include the National Parks Service : Heritage Visitors Center and Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum : 'The Doghouse' Installation, National Parks Service : Flight93 National Memorial, Van Alen Institute : tkts2k Times Square tkts Tickets Booth, the BBC Listening Project, the Royal Institute of British Architects Sessay Community Hub International Design Competition and the Lower Manhattan Development Council World Trade Center Site Memorial competition.
Paul Haigh is a former adjunct professor at Parsons : The New School for Design : Department of Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting. He has served as chairman of American Institute of Architects Interiors Awards Committee and as member of the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League of New York. He has taught summer architecture and design workshops at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, co-sponsored by the Corning Museum of Glass and the Vitra Design Museum/Centre George Pompidou.
As co-founder of the GlassLab initiative, he has designed installations in numerous locations including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Basel/Design Miami, the Vitra Design Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Drawings and projects have been exhibited at both group and one man shows including the SoHo Guggenheim Museum and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Dentsu Gallery in Tokyo, the Royal College of Art in London and at the Triennale di Milano. The Studio was honored in 2003 at Parsons : The New School for Design : Department of Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting with an exhibition of work HAIGH : Interior/Object/Exterior.
Studio architecture projects currently include museum, retail and exhibition design. On going furniture and object designs include glass collections, seating and lighting design. Current and past clients include Knoll, Artemide/RezekUSA, Vitra, SteubenGlass, Bernhardt, Baccarat, Brooks Brothers, RosenthalUSA, Esprit, Steelcase, Rogaska and the Corning Museum of Glass.
Publications have included essays, projects, and reviews in Scoprire il Design : Adventure with Objects exhibition at the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin, INA 10 : International New Architecture featuring the Corning Museum of Glass : Contemporary Sculpture Galleries, New Glass Review 35 : Jurors Review and Glass is Tomorrow : Pro Materia.
Studio projects have reached a broad international audience through publication in the architecture and design press and have been applauded by critics as "...innovative with a high degree of design rigor."