Robert Humble and Joel Egan co-founded HyBrid Architecture to create environmentally responsible developments

Meet the architects and co-founders of HyBrid Architecture, Robert Humble and Joel Egan

Sunset  – April 1, 2011 | Updated May 16, 2018

Robert Humble and Joel Egan
HyBrid Architecture, Architects and Co-Founders
Seattle, Washington

Robert Humble
A Texas native, Robert Humble relocated to Seattle in 1993 after receiving his bachelor’s in architecture from Texas Tech. He specializes in the design of sustainable urban infill projects and progressive methods of design and delivery, while strongly advocating for socially and environmentally responsible development. Humble cofounded HyBrid Architecture with Joel Egan in 2003 in order to custom develop repeatable building systems.

Humble was responsible for the creation of HyBrid Assembly, the licensed general contracting arm of HyBrid. It provides and manages the logistics of building, installing, and relocating prefabricated structures. Humble recently designed and built Seattle’s first wood modular house, which features all-greywater recycling and is certified LEED Platinum and net zero energy. He is an active member of the Seattle design community and a board member of the Seattle chapter of Architects Without Borders.

Joel Egan
Joel Egan is a Seattle native specializing in modular and energy-conscious design and construction. He and Robert Humble founded HyBrid in 2003; it has since become an award-winning firm specializing in prefabricated architecture and construction. Egan strongly believes in HyBrid’s goal of designing and promoting affordable, innovative, and sustainable housing. In 2008, in partnership with Owen Richards Architects, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the AIA Houston chapter to design a house for $99,000.

Egan has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Cornish College of the Arts and has lectured and advised on prefabricated architecture projects around the United States and abroad. Egan earned his master’s in architecture from the University of Oregon in 2000.