Stubbins was the son of shoe salesman Hugh Stubbins Sr and his wife Lucille.
Stubbins earned his bachelor's degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1932. A star on the track team he was considered a candidate for the 1932 Olympic Games until he pulled a hamstring. He went on to earn his master's degree at Harvard in 1935. He opened his own practice in 1949 which became the global firm of Hugh Stubbins and Associates in 1972. The practice was awarded the AIA Architecture Firm Award in 1967.
Hugh Stubbins and Associates was responsible for more than 800 completed designs during his life, including numerous campus buildngs and several skyscrapers. His angle-roofed Citicorp Tower in Manhattan was considered one of the most important tall buildings built there in the 1970s, notable not only for its iconic profile in the skyline, but also for the carefully-designed public spaces that enliven its base.
After Stubbins' death the firm merged with Kling Architects of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become KlingStubbins.
- 1955 Idea Home for Better Homes and Gardens (1955)
- Kongresshalle. Berlin, Germany (1957)
- Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida (1960)
- Loeb Drama Center. Harvard University (1960)
- Francis Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University (1965)
- Gymnasium at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio (1968)
- Additions to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts (1968 & 1970)
- Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1971)
- Technical School, Shiraz Technical Institute, Iran, (1972)
- Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, Massachusetts (1976)
- Citigroup Center, New York City (1977)
- Hewlett-Packard Company offices, Waltham, Massachusetts (1977)
- St Peter's Church, New York City (1976-8)
- One Cleveland Center, Cleveland, Ohio (1983)
- PacWest Center, Portland, Oregon (1984)
- Treasury Building, Singapore (1986)
- Nashville City Center, Nashville, Tennessee (1988)
- Chase Tower, Indianapolis, Indiana (1990)
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California (1991)
- Yokohama Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Japan (1993)
- Stubbins, Hugh (1976) Architecture: The Design Experience. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0471834823
- Ludman , Dianne M. (1986) Hugh Stubbins and his Associates: The First Fifty Years. Stubbins Associates. ISBN 0961741619
- Hevesi, Dennis (July 11, 2006) "Hugh Stubbins Jr., 94, Creator of Emblematic Skyscrapers, Is Dead" New York Times
- "Hugh Stubbins" (February 1, 2009) Wikipedia - accessed March 20, 2009