Brad Hughes

Brad Hughes

Wisconsin Team Leader
Madison, WI

I grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI, went to college at UW-Platteville to study civil-structural engineering, proceeded to Iowa State for a Masters, then started work at CH2M Hill in Milwaukee.  I later moved to the Oshkosh area with Larson Engineering, before landing at Flad Architects in Madison, WI.  I was part of the structural engineering group there for 18 years before Covid “offered” me an opportunity for a change. 

Following the project process and seeing an owner’s vision come to fruition brings professional satisfaction.  I enjoy working with multi-discipline teams and participating in the push and pull required to get to the best solution. 

Outdoors is where I am happiest, and I enjoy silent sports (biking, xc skiing, kayaking, hiking) and camping.  I love cooking and podcasts (always looking for recommendations) and enjoy woodworking and home projects (despite what my wife says).  This past summer a friend and I rode our bikes from southern WI to the northern tip of WI – 360 miles over 5 days.   

I have a passion for Engineers Without Borders USA, working with students from UW Madison as a mentor for over 10 years.  I have been involved in the design and construction of an irrigation canal in Haiti and a pedestrian bridge in Guatemala, as well as mentoring on numerous other projects.  I am currently working with students and professionals on a school project in Uganda which will include multiple buildings. 

I come from a large family - the youngest of 11 kids.  My wife, Sarah, and I kept our family size in the average range through adoption.  We have 3 kids, Nate 16, Carli 14, and Ben 12.  We are really into the teen years!  My kids love the birthday cakes I make and decorate for them (my mom taught me how to squeeze frosting out of a bag).