Tiara Hughes

Tiara Hughes

Scholar since
2019

Scholarship received
The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Current occupation
Senior Urban Designer, SOM

Education

Drury University (M.Arch)

Hometown
Chicago, IL

“If there is no well to drink from, dig until you create one.”


Tiara Hughes is a Senior Urban Designer for SOM’s City Design Practice in Chicago. Trained as an urbanist and real estate professional, her diverse range of experience and volunteerism has greatly enhanced her skills as a young designer and leader.

“If there is no well to drink from, dig until you create one” – Tiara Hughes. This is the philosophy Tiara lives by. From currently serving on the National Board for NOMA as the Public Relations Director to launching First 500 (a research endeavor focused on highlighting African American Women Architects), the hard work and dedication behind this belief has led her to serve in these roles.

In addition to leadership and research, Tiara is a strong believer in giving back through volunteerism. She dedicates countless hours to mentoring black, underprivileged high school students all year around in the NAACP’s ACT-SO program, the ACE Mentorship Program and I-NOMA’s Project Pipeline. She understands that our youth are the future of our industry so fostering their talents is crucial. Tiara is passionate about architecture and youth development. Additionally, Tiara serves as a Real Estate Broker in Chicago. In this capacity, she exceeds by bringing a different perspective to the table.