Ask A Midwesterner: Jesse Hufft, Co-Founder and CEO of Hufft Projects

Jesse Hufft

As co-founder and CEO of Hufft Projects, Jesse Hufft has her hands in every aspect of the business. Not only does she manage the Kansas City, Missouri firm’s day-to-day operations, but she also directs strategic planning, leads the compliance and audits team, oversees marketing and PR efforts, and the list goes on.

Alongside her husband Matthew, fellow co-founder and creative director, Jesse’s dedication to their dream company, has put Hufft Projects on a national stage, receiving numerous design awards and recognition from Dwell and Architectural Digest. Unlike most architecture firms, Hufft Projects doesn’t solely design but builds, fabricates, and furnishes as well. (Check our personal favorites of Hufft Projects—Postcard House and Showhouse!)

We put the Kansas City CEO through our 18-question ringer to see where her Midwest roots (and tastes) lie.

Favorite place in the Midwest?

Kansas City!

What temperature is considered warm enough for no coat?

50 in March – bring on spring! 50 in October is back to coats!

Favorite meal to cook?

Grilling anything and everything.

What’s a hidden gem in your city?

Roanoke Park

Local coffee shop of choice?

The Filling Station

Go-to pizza toppings?

Pepperoni and jalapeños

Soda or Pop?


Duck Duck Goose or Duck Duck Grey Duck?

Duck Duck Goose. Didn’t even know what the other one was!

Favorite condiment?

BBQ sauce

Favorite local brewery?

Torn Label Brewing Co.


Can you name all the ingredients in puppy chow?

Hmmm, no. Are marshmallows in it?

How many shovels do you own?

2 snow, 3 gardening

Favorite food on a stick?

Bomb Pop

Skiing or wakeboarding?


Signature drink order?

Well, sauvignon blanc…but a drink, Greyhound or a White Russian

Mississippi River or Great Lakes?

Float trips on the river

Favorite Midwestern artist?

Painter Robert Bingaman – just purchased a piece of his

Favorite building in the Midwest?

Does the St. Louis Arch count?!


Featured Image compliment of Andrew Fabin

Connect with Jesse Hufft and Hufft Projects
Instagram: @hufftprojects
Facebook: Hufft Projects LLC
Twitter: @hufftprojects