Dan Huffman is a licensed architect who works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He became interested in architecture as a teenager when a friend took him to visit Reston, Virginia, a planned small town located in the northern part of the state near Washington, DC. The town was a mixed-use development including commercial, residential and offices with the urban core of the town located at the edge of a lake. He was inspired by the connection of the built environment to the nature around it and the power of deliberate and articulated design to improve the lives of those living in the small town. This lead him to research the fields of architectural design and planning and a decision to make architecture his life’s work.

He attended the School of Architecture at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and received the five year degree, Bachelor of Architecture in 1974.  He moved to Raleigh, NC in 1972 and worked as an intern architect at Quick Collier Partnership, Holloway Reeves Architects, PA and rose to the position of Project Manager at Bartholomew and Wakeham Architects.

He received his licensure from the North Carolina Board of Architecture in 1981 and joined the firm of Michael Hager, PA.  Several years later he became a partner and the name of the firm was changed to Hager, Smith and Huffman Architects, PA. While working at this firm he was the Principal-in-Charge of many public projects including Chapel Hill Town Hall, Cary town Hall, Oxford Town Hall and Municipal Complex, NC DOT Renovation, Seymour Johnson AFB Federal Prison Camp and the award winning Raleigh Police Training Center.

Dan Huffman and Louis Cherry founded the firm of Cherry Huffman Architects, PA in 1992 with a total staff of four. The 5 story, 154,000 SF Wake County Social Services Building was the first project for the new firm. The firm grew to a staff of twenty-three over the next 18 years providing architectural services for numerous public and private projects including the Knightdale Town hall, Kerr Family YMCA, Mary Atkinson Girl Scout Camp Leadership Center, Wake County Northern and Eastern Regional Government Centers, and the award winning Leesville library, Kraft Family WMCA, and Urban Ministries Headquarters.  

In September of 2010, Dan founded Huffman Architects with a staff of three.  He is keenly interested in creating spaces that have a strong connection with nature and has been fortunate to have experience working on several camps and many park projects. Dan is part owner of Huffman Architects along with Eric Sowers and Miranda Potthoff.