Richard (Toby) Pugh '67 returns to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to discuss his sinuous journey through the architectural field to become the current Director of Facilities Standards and Specifications for Walt Disney Imagineering, the innovative division responsible for the creation of Disney resorts and theme parks, cruise lines, and other media projects, especially looking at his recent work on Hong Kong Disneyland. The talk will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in Coxe Hall Room 8. A small reception will follow.
Toby Pugh received his B.A. in psychology from Hobart College in 1967. Following six years in the Air Force, he decided to begin studies in architecture at the University of New Mexico. Three years later, Pugh graduated with a M.Arch. and began his career in residential architecture. In a number of small and large firms, including one of his own, Pugh gained experience with solar building and house renovation and the design and construction of churches, senior centers and hotels. Registered in California, Florida and New Mexico, as well as temporarily in Hong Kong, Pugh has moved from working on residential and community projects to the large-scale architectural “productions” of Walt Disney. Pugh served as the principal project architect for Disney's 55-acre theme park California Adventure in California. Most recently, he has worked on the Hong Kong Disneyland, currently under construction and set to open in 2005.