CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING
At Studio InSitu, we design to amplify what's best about each project's place, and to enrich the meaning it holds for the people who use it.
W. Timothy Hess AIA, CNU, SEED
Principal, Design Director
Tim’s passion and capacity for designing authentic contextual places, and comprehensive immersive environments has been recognized with regional and national awards for several of the homes, neighborhoods, flagship retail stores, and restaurants he has designed. Tim earned a professional B'Arch at Cornell University and practiced with leading firms in New York City (Pompei AD, Sills Hunniford) and Greenwich, Connecticut (Haverson Architecture & Design) before moving to Massachusetts in 2004. He developed a thriving design department in three years with Groton Design/Build contractor (Platt Builders), broadened and modernized the vocabulary in several years as a principal with a staid Concord, MA Architecture firm (DSK), and integrates all of this broad experience in his place-making practice at Studio InSitu.
In 2009, Tim founded the Moonlight Studio, a volunteer after-hours program whose motto is “we design like we give a damn”. The studio has designed entries for the SHIFTboston, Build-a-Better-‘Burb, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Waltham’s Embassy Park competitions, placing 2nd in New Bedford. Other Moonlight projects include a deep-green 20-acre artists’ co-housing neighborhood and farm, and a light-green house for the North-Central MASS chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Tim advocates for sustainability and community as a member of the International Living Building Institute, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the SEEd network promoting a development paradigm with a triple-bottom-line of Social, Economic, and Environmental benefits. Tim chaired the Maynard Cultural Council through official state recognition of the Assabet Village Cultural District, and served on the town's Coolidge School Re-Use Task Force. He served the Town of Groton on the Planning Board, Open Space and Recreation Committee, Station Avenue Design Guidelines Committee, and chaired the Design Review Committee for the Town Center Overlay District. In 2013, Tim served on the AIA's R/UDAT Charrette Team to re-vision and revitalize the town of Seabrook Island, SC, proposing specific schemes and initiatives aimed at opening-up the gated community to the vitality and prosperity of inclusion.
Tim conducts Professional Design Peer Review for the Town of Maynard, and serves on the Boards of the Maynard Business Alliance and ArtSpace Maynard. He is also a Corporator at Emerson Hospital.
In 2008, Tim taught a design studio in the Architecture+Design program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has returned many times as a guest critic in undergraduate and graduate studios there.
Alex McManus AIA, BSA
Director of Production
Alex McManus recently moved to the Boston area from Ohio. Formerly with an award-winning design studio based in Downtown Cleveland, Alex takes on the role of Director of Production here at InSitu. With his 12+ years of experience as an Architect in Fort Lauderdale and Cleveland he has a widespread background in architecture; experienced in custom residential, multi-family projects and urban planning, Alex is proficient in the development and administration of construction. Growing up in southwest Michigan, Alex worked summers for a custom residential contractor and developed an appreciation for craftsmanship and detail. Alex began his Pre-Architectural studies at Western Michigan University. He then went on to receive his Architectural degree from Florida Atlantic University, where he was honored as one of the top ten Architectural graduates in Florida by the AIA. Receiving numerous awards and honors throughout his career, Alex remains humble to his craft; creating relevant and sustainable places. Alex immerses himself in the habitat of a project; creating rigorous designs for contextually influenced structures. He believes a successful design is intrinsically linked to its construction; that the most efficacious buildings are those which have been fully realized and detailed.
Alex’s research on ‘sustainable subtropical: A context sensitive design approach to redevelopment’ and the ‘county-wide community design guidebook’ for Broward county was published in 2008 and 2007. He has served as a juror and design critic with Broward County Public Art+Design Program and the Construction Association of South Florida, dedicated to inspiring dialogue about design and craft in the region.
Alex lives with his wife in Sudbury Mass, where he enjoys working on his own home, cycling and bonsai.
Designer, Office Manager
Natalie is committed to the congruent and holistic manifestation of an environment's purpose and attitude in users' immersion and experience there. She has a sculptor's love of form and a maker's love of materials' colors and textures, tactility and reaction to light.
Nat is a graduate of the Architecture+Design program at UMass|Amherst where she explored materiality and experience in painting, film, graphic design, furniture design, and photography.
Josh La Liberte
Josh has been with Studio InSitu since its inception in 2014. Graduating in 2009 from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Architecture and Design, he took part in several Moonlight Studio investigations and competitions, including Millbrooktown Plaza in Concord, MA and Summer Star's wildlife trail interventions / points of discovery before joining InSitu. Josh has a vast knowledge of contextual location land use. His passion and talent for urban planning and downtown development is integral to the robust, thoughtful design we aspire to for commercial and public projects. Josh is a key member of our design team; creating detailed renderings, preparing schematic and construction documents, drawings, generating plans and custom specifications.
Josh has traveled the world in Google Street View, curates an esoteric art and structures board on Pinterest, and prefers car repair to car travel.
Emerging Professional (Intern!)
Kiley joins the studio in 2019 in the midst of her pursuits in the B'Arch program at Syracuse University.