Hugh Stubbins, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1912. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1933 and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1935.
In 1939, Walter Gropius invited Stubbins to become his assistant at Harvard, where Stubbins worked and taught until 1954, succeeding Gropius as chair of the architecture department in 1953. He founded his own architectural firm, Hugh Stubbins and Associates (now The Stubbins Associates), in 1949. Major works by The Stubbins Associates include Citicorp Center, New York; the Berlin Congress Hall; Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; Countway Library of Medicine, Pusey Library, and Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University; University of Virginia Law School; and St. Peter’s Church in conjunction with Citicorp Center, New York. At MIT, Hugh Stubbins and Associates designed Tang Residence Hall and Westgate (Bldgs. W84 and W85). Stubbins also designed Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan. The Stubbins Associates received the A.I.A. Architectural Firm Award in 1967. Hugh Stubbins was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Academician of the National Academy of Design. Hugh Stubbins died on July 5, 2006, in Cambridge.