Andrew Hungerford

Andrew Hungerford, known to many in the professional circles of architecture and interior design as an award-winning creative talent, and who lived out a vibrant commitment to his family and spiritual faith, died of heart issues in Orlando, Florida on April 23, 2024. He was 59 years old.

Andrew found his voice in unique designs for hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues and theme parks around the world. His singular ability to translate broad creative concepts to paper sketches, electronic renderings and construction drawings won him projects across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Emblematic of his design perspective, The Four Seasons’s One and Only Spa at Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas was named “number one spa in the world” by European ELLE magazine and “Top Ten Spa ” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. As Director of Design for Kessler Enterprises he led projects at the Grand Bohemian in Orlando and Casa Monica in St. Augustine.

At a more intimate level, Andrew also worked in various artistic media including oil-painting, pastels, watercolor, charcoal and pencil drawings for public and private collections alike. He won recognition from the Holbein Oil Pastel Society for his work in watercolor and oil pastels. He also designed and constructed furniture and stained-glass pieces in private collections and local churches.

When discussing his greatest joy in life, however, the answer wasn’t work or design related, it was his wife, children and faith. An avowed believer in Jesus Christ, he presented a six-foot original pencil drawing of the crucifixion to his childhood pastor and noted author Dr. Charles Stanley on his 85th birthday.

Andrew was born to Ernest and Helen Hungerford in Houston, Texas. Although his father earned a PhD in nuclear physics and taught the subject at Georgia Tech, it was the inspiration of his mother’s career in design that led him and two sisters to become accomplished interior designers. Because of his parents’ work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled and lived in many places across the country.

As a sign of his varied talents, Andrew also found success in championship basketball. At Boone High School, Orlando, he was voted Most Valuable Player in 11th grade and the following year led the conference in scoring to help win the state-championship for Boone, making 18 out of 18 free-throws in the final two games. He accepted a scholarship and played basketball for Rollins College before transferring to Florida State University to study design.

Graduating at the top of FSU’s School of Visual Arts, Andrew won three out of five senior design awards as well as a statewide design competition judged by the American Society of Interior Designers. He also studied art history and design in Florence, Italy.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Leslie, son Connor, daughters Vivien (Zachary) DeVirgilio, Olivia (Anthony) Satira, Georgia and Helena Hungerford, granddaughter Flora DeVirgilio, brother Tim Hungerford (Laurie), sisters Cindy (Dennis) French, Janis (Glenn) DeFiore, Marilou (Fred) Stones, Holly (Tom) Scardino, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, his in-laws Bob and Therese Bowles, sisters-in-law Teresa Chiofalo and Ashlee Dunfee, as well as their spouses and children.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. in the Delaney Street Baptist Church Worship Center, 1919 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32806.

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