Professor Hughes is an architect, author, and academic, who is making a significant contribution to the profession and practice of architecture and to the advancement of humanity. As an architect, Professor Hughes is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the Council of American Building Officials. He is a certified as a Professional Planner, and he is licensed in eleven states. He has served as an officer in the National Organization of Minority Architects and in the American Institute of Architects-Cleveland. He continues an active private practice as a consultant in architecture and urban planning. As an author and academic, Professor Hughes has logged over 30 years of international travel on four continents and to over 50 countries. As a student, academic, and Fulbright scholar, he has compiled the most exhaustive slide documentation/archives of modern contemporary architecture on the African continent, and on architecture influenced by African elements, held by any scholar worldwide. This work is the foundation of his theory, Afrocentric Architecture, featured in his seminal work on this body of thought, Afrocentric Architecture: A design primer.