Robert Hidey Architects' legacy begins at an office in Newport Beach with 5 employees and a mission to blend art, history, creativity and technology into community design.
"[Robert Hidey] was born in Memphis but raised outside of Los Angeles in Palos Verdes Estates, a coastal community planned by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., that fostered young Hidey's appreciation for both the natural and built environments." - Unique Homes
Mahogany at Northwood is recognized as the firm’s first award winning project and will always be remembered. This project is the first production housing community on the West Coast to put the garage at the rear of the lot.
RHA receives four Gold Nugget Awards at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) for excellence in design at Mahogany, including the prestigious Project of the Year and coveted Home of the Year awards.
"The project that put Hidey into the forefront of Orange County designers was the Mahogany community in Irvine, for which he won four Gold Nugget Awards in 1996." - Western Art and Architecture
Oceanpoint and Maravilla earn the firm Platinum and Grand honors at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) for Best Single Family Detached Homes.
"An elevated site that captures ocean views combined with a flexible floor plan attracts families and empty nesters alike." - Professional Builder
Splendid TaiHu becomes the firm’s first project overseas. The community of Splendid TaiHu offers western-style living through courtyard homes in one of China's most beautiful regions. Homes are grouped around courtyards, bordered by canals and paseos, with bridges connecting the community.
Handpicked by DMB Partners of Arizona, RHA collaborates with the renowned landscape architectural firm SWA to master plan Santa Luz in the rolling hills of Northern San Diego. Large circular custom home sites dot the hills overlooking a spectacular new private community and golf links.
"...This community's plan showed deep respect for Rancho Santa Fe heritage by creating individual neighborhoods alongside articulated open spaces. The plan provides a wide variety of homesites, with great views as a common denominator." - Builder Magazine
Perazul at Newport Coast wins Community of the Year at the MAME Awards.
"These award-winning designs... are set against coastal views that stretch to Santa Catalina Island and beyond." - The Orange County Register
Selected by The Irvine Company to be apart of a team of design professionals collaborating on a new exclusive custom home community in the coastal hills of the Irvine Ranch, RHA participates in the master planning of Shady Canyon and produces the architectural design guidelines for its residential products.
Robert Hidey Architects outgrows its Newport Beach office and moves their headquarters to Irvine.
Robert Hidey Architects expands its team into Northern California with an additional office in San Ramon, California.
Robert Hidey graces the cover of Residential Architect magazine as one of three pioneers in the residential architecture field.
"[Robert Hidey's] diverse professional background, which included both the practicalities of commercial work and the indulgences of high-end custom, seems to have prepared him perfectly for the niche he helped create: the high-end production house." - Residential Architect
The "Casa California" plan at Watermark wins Home of the Year at PCBC. Luxury housing is defined and first brought to the merchant builder industry with this project. Since then, it has been used by the Santa Barbara Planning Commission as an example of how to execute Santa Barbara architecture.
RHA strikes gold again at the 2001 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards as Santa Luz is honored with the Best On The Boards Site Plan.
Camelot Homes selects RHA as a premier architect in the master planned community of Silverleaf in Scottsdale. Since then, Robert Hidey Architects has worked on more than 30 projects in Arizona.
Aldea wins Best Residential Site Plan at PCBC. This project with Taylor Woodrow Homes, defined high-density detached housing and is one of the first "cluster plan" communities in the merchant builder industry.
"This project is destined to become another breakaway trendsetter." - California Builder
RHA goes on its first business trip to China.
"When we first went to China, I was invited by a client who took me through a number of historic villages and I was really taken by the simplicity of them," says Robert Hidey. "I was impressed by the rational decisions in terms of organization, and thought the quality of the spaces to be just exceptional." - South China Morning Post
Shady Canyon claims Best Residential Master Planned Community at the 2003 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards. This marks the first such honor for RHA and second overall award in site plan design.
Nautlius wins Best Single Family Detached Home at PCBC, setting the tone for another successful year. Inspiration and imagery for the Nautilus community were borrowed from Santa Barbara's rich and authentic coastal resort homes, epitomizing the casual luxury of Southern California living.
An intimate enclave planned within a master-planned community at the top of Newport Coast, the 68 residences at Cypress in Pacific Ridge wins Community of the Year at the MAME Awards.
RHA works on its first project in Colorado, Mirador at Durango. Situated on a prominent bluff in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and overlooking downtown Durango and the Animas Valley beyond, this project provides a unique response to the comfort of attached living.
Another collaboration with Camelot homes, Verandah in Arizona wins Best Single Family Detached Home regionally and nationally at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA). It also merited in 3 other categories at BALA.
Robert Hidey Architects was selected to design the interior spaces, shared amenities, and model interiors for Beverly West, a high-rise in the lowland hills of Los Angeles for Emaar Properties. This twenty-one-story tower offers elegant materials and detailing, modern forms and a prime location on the Wilshire corridor overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club.
“Homeowners have the choice between a custom build-out or 12 different floor plans and interior finishes that are far from cookie cutter.” – Los Angeles Confidential
RHA later became the Architect of Record.
RHA designs western-style, single-family detached homes for projects in Siliguri, India, and the Yafour Villas in Syria.
Emaar Properties enlisted the firm to develop the interior architecture for two penthouses in the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa.
"Rising gracefully from the desert - an extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. The most prestigious address on the globe, Burj Khalifa is a living wonder and the tallest building in the world." – MD Properties
RHA is asked to design the Yas Island Clubhouse and components surrounding an exclusive new golf resort in Abu Dhabi. RHA’s ambition was to exceed the highest standards of international quality.
Robert Hidey is inducted into Builder Magazine’s Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design .
"His trail of award-winning designs speaks to his talent as an architect, but the fact that he has delivered such exceptional design work within the production housing realm makes his accomplishments even more remarkable." - Builder Magazine
"I am honored and humbled to be part of the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design," Robert Hidey quoted in The Orange County Register
RHA serves as the architect for all the lodgings at Pelican Hill, Donald Bren's passion project as the Chairman and President of The Irvine Company.
"Nestled into terraced hillsides that slope to the sea, Pelican Hill feels simultaneously rooted in the Mediterranean past and living-in-the-present-moment California." - Architectural Digest
After the recession of 2008, RHA produces the first luxury residential project in the Southern California area, making it a showcase for the comeback in the building industry. Lambert Ranch finalized for 21 industry awards and took the win in 10 different categories.
"Robert Hidey- 'These days, many families are living with other family members for extended periods. The floor plans at Lambert Ranch accommodate the present needs of its buyer, while still addressing the needs of a wide range of conditions a family may face in the future." - The New Home Company
RHA's expertise in site plan and floor plan design came to the aid of a Chicago based firm struggling with the development of a historic site on the outskirts of town. Substituting a few large custom home sites with three new family-friendly neighborhoods proves to be the right solution.
The New Home Company works with RHA to produce a live-work product in Valencia, California called Cielo, within the planned community of Villa Metro.
"Villa Metro was designed as a transit-related suburban neighborhood with urban-inspired characteristics including space for a community garden, European-style village blocks of homes, and 22 live-work lofts." - The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
RHA comes out of the recession with the commission as Master Architect for a new master planned community for Rancho Mission Viejo.
"The setting is just so spectacular, with canyons and hillsides surrounding this village. There's a comprehensive visual system that connects residents to this natural resource: oak groves, cattle pastures and working citrus orchards." - Colin Liu quoted in GlobeSt.com
RHA collaborates with The New Home Company on its first podium project, Orchard Park in San Jose, California.
"Robert Hidey- 'The Orchard Park master plan was conceptualized to help activate and encourage a walkable lifestyle for its residents. An Orchard Park owner should feel as though an entire world is available to him or her right outside their front door.' Orchard Park was recently honored with the 'Community of the Year' award at the Bay Area Building Industry Association's (BIA) 2015 Excellence in Home Building Awards." - The New Home Company
Bob is invited to deliver an address to the development community in Sanya and Haikou, China. Bob was welcomed with billboards and photo-ops.
RHA moves up the 405 to its new home at Park Place near Michelson and Jamboree. With easy access to the 405 and John Wayne Airport, this new office was carefully designed and built out by the RHA team.
The RHA team in Northern California makes a move to the upscale city of Pleasanton. We chose to relocate to the Hacienda business park in Pleasanton because it is centrally located to the majority of our projects and a short drive to any major city in the Bay area.
Asher at Playa Vista puts RHA on the map for modern living in a growing city and wins Project of the Year at PCBC. Playa Vista is the heart of ‘Silicon Beach’ and sets the tone for the new wave of contemporary architecture.
"KB Homes and Robert Hidey Architects conceived Asher as a neighborhood of three-story contemporary homes for the environmentally conscious, discretionary buyer seeking an urban lifestyle." - Professional Builder
RHA embarks on a new adventure in West Palm Beach, Florida. This project opens the door for RHA to explore new architectural themes and regional styles.
RHA graces the cover of Professional Builder Magazine with the opening of Wilder.
"Orinda, Calif., is a San Francisco suburb much sought after for its schools, small-town charm, and rural landscapes. To allay the town's concern about a new community called Wilder, Robert Hidey Architects developed five house styles based on California vernacular architecture: Classic Orinda Ranch, East Bay Arts & Crafts, Spanish Colonial Revival, Bay Area Cottage, and Adobe Ranch." - Professional Builder
The Estates at Del Sur earns RHA the title of ‘Project of the Year’ at PCBC. Carved out of the lower northern slopes of one of the tallest peaks in the coastal region north of San Diego, the clusters at Black Mountain Ranch comprise approximately 59 oversized and elevated lots with panoramic canyon and mountain views and distant ocean vistas.
Robert Hidey Architects is very excited to have won top honors as 2015 Architect of the Year. The 2015 Pubby Awards, given by Builder and Developer Magazine by Peninsula Publishing, recognizes RHA for continuously striving to create communities using the highest professional skills and standards, and for channeling our extensive experience into the task of taking communities from concepts in design to development.
Since RHA's inception, the firm has won more than 350 national industry awards. It is not only an honor, but a tribute to our dedication to design excellence.
The Cannery in Davis wins Best Clubhouse design at The Nationals.
"The 2016 Community of the Year, The Cannery, in Davis, Calif., sets a high bar. The farm-to-table master planned community focuses on all things local, with a branding campaign that resonates with potential buyers and hews to The Cannery’s agriculturally oriented location." - Professional Builder
Fiano in Newport Coast wins Best Single Family Detached Home at the Nationals.
"The ways in which we are connecting interior to the exterior spaces is groundbreaking in this market. There are glass walls in homes presenting this connectivity to the exterior that we have just never done before. It is a very contemporary attitude surfacing with a more traditional exterior skin." Robert Hidey quoted by The New Home Company