Since it was founded in Atlanta almost 20 years ago, Harrison Design has focused on creating buildings that are highly functional, refined and enduring. In 2010, Mark Hughes and Bulent Baydar established the firm’s Washington, DC, office; the local practice designs gracious residences and estates that vary in style but embody the principles of classical architecture.
The son of British parents, Hughes grew up in DC and on occasion visited the British Embassy, where he was inspired by the work of famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. In a high school drafting class, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, theories and drawings particularly sparked his passion. Always captivated by buildings and drawing, Baydar fell in love with architecture on an early visit to Barcelona, where he discovered the imaginative designs of Antoni Gaudí. Studying architecture was a given for both principals, who now work with four associates to fulfill clients’ dreams and desires.
Considering each homeowner’s goals and vision, Baydar and Hughes aver, is the secret to a successful project. “Instead of following trends, we create homes with architecture that endures,” explains Baydar.
“We believe that every project, no matter the size, should be well considered and endowed with good design that will ultimately enhance and bring pleasure to clients’ daily lives,” adds Hughes. “That is our greatest reward.”