The Businessman With a Mission: Jason Hughes, CEO of Hughes Marino

Jason Hughes, CEO of Hughes Marino, has been making many waves in the San Diego business community. His firm was ranked as one of the top 10 architecture firms in California by Architect Magazine and as the number 1 commercial contractor by Engineering News-Record for 2017. In addition to these accolades, Jason Hughes also sits on many boards and committees across Southern California. Hughes Marino has long been known as one of the best architecture firms in California. 


This is backed up by their top 10 rankings, which they have maintained for three years now. They are also ranked first on Engineering News-Record’s list of commercial contractors in 2017. The firm was founded by Jason Hughes’ father back in 1968. Jason Hughes has been working there ever since studying architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013 he became CEO and is now responsible for the day to day running of the company. He has a dual role as Chairman and owner.


Hughes Marino currently operates from 70 offices across southern California, Arizona and Nevada, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. They are committed to keeping their footprint in San Diego despite the high costs. Jason Hughes said, ” We are obviously committed to staying in San Diego, despite the very high cost structures that we have. We want to remain relevant and stay on the cutting edge here.”

Hughes Marino played a significant part in beautifying downtown San Diego by converting an old street into public plazas, promenades and water features called The Waterfront. It includes new hotels, restaurants, marinas and parks. Plans for the redevelopment of the Waterfront date back to 1997, but Hughes Marino were not involved until 2014. Under the leadership of Jason Hughes, they provided design services for several developments, including Seaport Plaza. Their involvement was so successful they won an award for Best Opportunity And Workforce Development Planning from Pacific Coast Business Times.