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Lenny Hughes of Richardson, Texas, graduated at the top of his class in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from OSU and was one of the first African American graduates from this program. Today, Hughes is an award-winning landscape architect and currently serves as the vice president and regional director of planning and landscape architecture at Halff Associates in Richardson, Texas.


As one of the most influential landscape architects in the U.S., Hughes’ leadership and passion have helped Halff Associates grow from three landscape architects and planners to more than 70 during his tenure. This includes many graduates from the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.


Hughes’ peers recognize that his work benefits other landscape architects and is at the core of what they do best – make the world a better place.


In addition, Hughes received the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2021.

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