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Masonic+Button wins AIA Award 

November 2022

The AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards program has recognized our Masonic+Button Studio Apartment with a 2022 Merit Award.

The jury expressed that the floor plan works especially well to maximize the utility and grace of the home's small area.

InSitu's newest studio member Megan Rajner accepted the award from chapter president Jack Moran. Megan brings big-building and big-firm experience to InSitu. 




Azucar Pavilion wins AIA Award 

November 2022

The AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards program has recognized our Azucar Pavilion with a 2022 Citation Award.

In recognizing the project, the jury said "we knew immediately this project needed an award... we're all searching for the best way to do these little parking space restaurants, and..... this is what happens when you have somebody with great design skills looking at the problem." 

Nick designed and managed the project when he joined the studio in Spring 2021, and accepted the award from Chapter President Jack Moran.

This project responds to a municipal government “Extension of Premises” program, by which downtown businesses can be permitted to use public property.


Triangle Park wins AIA Award

November 2022


The The AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards program has recognized our Triangle Park Master Plan with a 2022 Citation Award. 

In municipal government a "Master Plan" is an encyclopedic statement of principles and objectives. In the design disciplines and the construction industry, the word plan has a different and very specific meaning. In presenting the award, the 2022 AIA Jury noted the success of design problem-solving where municipal planning has fallen short.

Dani accepted the award from Chapter President Jack Moran.


Fitchburg Barn Raising

March 2022

The Sentinal & Enterprise news story on the building of the barn from Jewel Hill to Fitchburg. Studio Insitu is part of Ralph and Judith Baker's dream team to bring a vintage barn back to life.

Bolton Selectboard Members Voice Support 

February 2022

The ITEM reports on our February 17th presentation to the Bolton Selectboard.



Studio InSitu interview in AIA Newsletter

January 2022

For the January issue of the Central Mass AIA newsletter, Tim spoke with Executive Director Caroline Deltoro about the design challenges of the Masonic + Button Project, the honor of winning the AIA New England Citation Award and Best in Chapter Award, and the deeper obligations architects face in working to improve our world.


Studio InSitu wins AIA Chapter Award and Citation

October 16, 2021, at Worcester's Polar Park.

Masonic + Button Project recognized in New England Design Awards program.

We have recently been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for excellence in design. The 2021 AIA New England Design Awards Program – Placemaking Through Architecture – celebrated architects from and architecture throughout New England. InSitu received both a Citation Award and a Best of Chapter Award for the firm's design of an apartment in a historic former factory in Northampton, MA. 

The AIA jury cited InSitu's use of a savvy geometric economy to create a grand "public" space which reveals the hidden beauty of the former button factory and bicycle manufacturing building, embracing its history and its place within the fabric of the city. The apartment's design reveals the architects' innovative response to a highly constrained volume, employing a flexible design suitable for a private residence or the hospitality market. The studio collaborated with Florence, MA contractors Keiter Builders and Classic Colonial Homes to execute the project. 


Worcester Business Journal, Book of Lists 2021

August 2021 Studio InSitu makes the Book of Lists

Worcester Business Journal’s Book of Lists is Central Massachusetts' most comprehensive market research tool. We are happy to make the Book Of Lists again this year. 


A compilation of the “Top Lists” that have run in the Worcester Business Journal over the last year, as well as many new, previously unpublished lists. Tightly researched, indexed, and organized, this issue provides immediate insight into the wide variety of firms, industries, and organizations that make up the Central Massachusetts business economy

OARS 13th Annual Wild+Scenic Film Festival
April 2021

We are delighted to support OARS and continue as a top-tier local sponsor for the pandemic year's virtual festival. 

Worcester Business Journal, Book of Lists 2020 

Worcester Business Journal’s Book of Lists is Central Massachusetts' most comprehensive market research tool. We are happy to make the Book Of Lists again this year. 


A compilation of the “Top Lists” that have run in the Worcester Business Journal over the last year, as well as many new, previously unpublished lists. Tightly researched, indexed, and organized, this issue provides immediate insight into the wide variety of firms, industries, and organizations that make up the Central Massachusetts business economy

Maynard Music Association Casino Night

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Elks Lodge in Maynard, ma

We're happy to help support the 11th annual Casino Game Night, set for the first Saturday of November at the Maynard Lodge of Elks.

The event is hosted by the Maynard Music Association to support music programs at Fowler Middle and Maynard High schools.


A social hour begins the evening, giving guests time to mingle, enjoy refreshments and play some games, including a balloon pop, a wild card game and a wine pull.
The Blueprint Jazz Band, led by Patricia Gately, a Maynard High graduate and the jazz band and wind ensemble teacher, will perform during this time. 
To purchase vouchers visit

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Tim Hess elected to ArtSpace Board
October 2019

ArtSpace is one of the largest and most vital art centers in New England.
Tim will join the board on January 1, 2020 to help new Executive Director Jerry Beck expand the mission with public participation and civic place-making.

Opening of Maynard's Sanctuary 2019
August 18, 2019

After more than two years of our comprehensive renovation project (one contractor called it a heart, lung, and bone transplant) Will and Liz Doyle opened the doors on a new era of live performance in Maynard. A jam-packed Woodstock 50th Anniversary Concert opened the fall season's long line-up.

Azucar Tapas Opening 2019
August 17, 2019

Azucar Opens to friends, family, and VIPS.

Reviews on Yelp and other online platforms rave about the food, service, and our dramatic transformation of the space.

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Worcester Business Journal Book of Lists 2019
July, 2019

Studio InSitu is named in the top ten of the WBJ's Top Architecture Firms.

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2nd Annual Maynard Earth Day
April 27, 2019

InSitu is a founding sponsor of the Umbrella's new Maynard Earth Day celebration.

OARS 11th Annual Wild+Scenic Film Festival
March 27, 2019

We are delighted to support OARS and continue as a top-tier local sponsor for this year's SOLD-OUT festival at Maynard's Fine Arts Theater Place.

42 Summer Street, Maynard
March 2019


Consulting to the Town of Maynard Planning Board, InSitu critiqued applicant MacDonald Development's scheme and recommended a comprehensive reconfiguration.

Our revised scheme reshapes the site plan and building massing.

The site plan makes room for a Public Pedestrian Stair along the new Assabet River Rail Trail with a pair of Pavilions which frame a view of the town's iconic clock tower. 

Massing and facades draw from precedents like Shaker Dormitories and Grand New England Hotels to help compose this 22,000 sf apartment block as a constituent part of its neighborhood fabric.

115 Main / Assabet Promenade, Maynard
January 2019


Consulting to the Town of Maynard Planning Board, InSitu critiqued applicant MacDonald Development's scheme, and recommended a fundamental reconfiguration. Our revised scheme reconfigures vehicular circulation to make room for a riverside promenade on east bank of the Assabet.

The broad framework of our design has been adopted into MacDonald's proposal.

Assabet Village Co-op Market
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7pm at Fine Arts Theatre Place

Come see the award-winning food justice documentary, "A Place at the Table," Thursday, Dec. 6, 7pm at Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard!
Hosted by Jeff Bridges and produced by the team behind "Food, Inc.", "A Place at the Table" explores the root causes of hunger in the US and the path to real food justice.

Studio InSitu has joined Revolution Community Yoga, and Gallery Seven Frame Shop & Fine Art Gallery to make this event FREE FOR EVERYONE. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP at the Co-op's Facebook page to let them know you're coming.

10th annual Casino Gaming Night raises money for Maynard music programs
Saturday, Nov. 3rd 6:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maynard Lodge of Elks

We're happy to help support the 10th annual Casino Game Night is set for the first Saturday of November at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, hosted by the Maynard Music Association to support the music programs at Fowler Middle and Maynard High schools.

A social hour begins the evening, giving guests time to mingle, enjoy refreshments and play some games, including a balloon pop, a wild card game and a wine pull.

The Blueprint Jazz Band, led by Patricia Gately, a Maynard High graduate and the jazz band and wind ensemble teacher, will perform during this time. 
To purchase vouchers visit

Denise Shea and Cynthia Frost at the Gruber Pop-Up Gallery
October and November, 2018

For approximately six weeks starting in Mid-October, several pieces of work by the artist Denise Shea are hung in the Western windows at the gallery. The artist Cynthia Frost has several pieces hanging in the Eastern windows.

Professional Practice at Fitchburg State 
October 15, 2018

The Studio had a visit from Professor Keith Chenot's Professional Practice class in the Architectural Technology program.

Visit Us on HomeGuide 
September, 2018

We've recently been listed on, a site listing skilled pros for a large variety of services.

Maynard Earth Day celebration 2018
Sunday,  April 22nd, 2018

The studio was delighted to sponsor Maynard's first Earth Day celebration.

Festivities included a Queen Bee naming ceremony at the Honeybee Meadow, a street clean-up, a tree give-away, music, art, yoga and a flot launch on the Assabet River.


Rotary Pops Night for Minuteman Bike Share 2018
Friday,  April 6th, 2018

We're proud be be among the contributors for The Rotary Club of Concord's 43nd annual Pops Night featuring the Concord Band with jazz singer/songwriter Amanda Carr April 6 @ 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden St. Concord.

The Rotary Club is partnering with the Concord Recreation Department to fund Concord’s participation in the Minuteman Bike Share Program.

Bike-sharing is a bike-rental system providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at a self-serve bike station and return it to any other bike station located within the system’s service area.

Concord stations will be located at the Visitor Center in Concord and the rail trail entrance in West Concord.

The program will provide rental bikes for tourists to visit Concord’s historical sites and businesses. 


Maynard Cultural Council's Pop-Up Art Gallery at The Gruber Brothers Building
Spring, 2018

Maynard Cultural Council members, Brad Matthews and Erik Hansen are the artists behind the pop-up gallery at the Gruber Brother's Building and hope to expand to other empty store windows to draw attention to the cultural activities in Maynard, by filling them with pop-up art galleries.
They purchased lumber and some black paint, constructed backdrops for the artwork, reached out to their artist friends, and in two weeks created an art exhibit that now adorns the windows at the former Gruber Brothers Furniture Store on Main Street. 

Eleven artists submitted pieces for the gallery, ranging from paintings to photographs to sculptures.

All of the artwork is for sale.

 Matthews and Hansen plan to change the exhibit about every six weeks, so artists who want to submit work can email them at with ‘Interested Pop-Up Artist’ in the subject line.

Residents are also encouraged to offer feedback at

InSitu is proud to be among the sponsors for this local artist initiative.  

Groovin' for Gunsense: A fundrasier for Everytown for Gun Safety
Saturday,  March 31st, 2018

Dance your way toward smarter policies and gun control legislation that will save lives! Come make a difference and have fun doing it, with the Chris McDermott Party Band and other all-time dance favorites! Enjoy a great raffle as well! Funds raised by this event will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety. Studio Insitu is proud to be among the sponsors for this fundraising dance party.


OARS Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2018
Wednesday,  March 28th, 2018

Groundswell; The 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Pretty cool that in the year since signing-on as a festival sponsor, we've had three projects on the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.

Come and join us again this year!


Designers, builders, developers, and permit-granting authorities in this neck of the woods have the great luxury luxury to conduct this work in the company of folks informed and inspired by the guidance and leadership of organizations like Mass Audubon, The Sudbury Valley Trustees, and OARS.


Studio InSitu Holiday Party 2017

Saturday, December 2nd


Timed as an after-party for the Maynard Business Alliance Holiday Sip+Stroll, we ripped it up here at the studio with clients and colleagues,  MBA-types and local big-wigs.

We partied to the extraordinary, unclassifiable, and undeniably funky musical talents of the Chris McDermott Band and supremely sumptuous supper stuff from Orange Door Kitchen.

If you missed this one, mark your calendar for the 2018 MBA Sip+Stroll!

Maynard Music Association Casino Night

Saturday, November 4th at the Elks Lodge in Maynard


InSitu is proud to support The Maynard Music Association's 9th annual casino game night fundraiser.

This event supports Maynard Public Schools' band and chorus programs grades in grades 4-12.

See for more details about this great event.


Fall, 2017


Maynard residents William and Liz Doyle have purchased the former Union Congregational Church at 80 Main Street, and hired Studio InSitu Architects to help them convert the 1852 timber-frame building for use as a Performing Arts Center and Events Venue. See Holly Camero's featured in article in the Beacon Villager. 

A name-the-venue contest is ongoing now. Submit your entry in the vestibule on-site, or email us at

Some early bits of construction work may get underway as soon as late fall.

We'll share progress on our In Process Page. 

Movie Nights at the Studio!

Summer, 2017


Join us every Wednesday @ 5:30pm for a film focused on design.
Hoping to learn about or investigate some form of art and/or the 'process of creating,' our film topics can range widely.
Got an idea for a film, or want to see what's on the schedule?

Give us a call! 978-461-6114

Mass Cultural Council Podcast Series Guest

Summer, 2017


The Massachusetts Cultural Council brings you Creative Minds Out Loud, a podcast created to give a glimpse into Massachusetts’ cultural capital; to inform, to inspire, and to share the stories of our sector.
Join us for informative and lively conversations in a new episode released later this Summer featuring Tim Hess and other arts and cultural leaders. Listen now.

Assabet Village Cultural District Earns State Recognition

March 23, 2017

It's official!
As of today, the Assabet Village Cultural District has won recognition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council! 

The area, which will be known as the Assabet Village Cultural District, encompasses all of downtown, the Mill and Main campus, the community art center, the library, and the Fine Arts Theater Place.
“This designation is a tremendous boost to Maynard’s solid reputation as a cultural destination,” Town Administrator Kevin Sweet said in a press release.
“Maynard is very fortunate to have such an abundance of cultural amenities to build on.’’

The Cultural Council will serve as the board of directors for the District.

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OARS Wild and Scenic Film Festival

March 29, 2017


Studio InSitu  is proud to be a local sponsor for the 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a selection of award-winning films from the nation's largest environmental film festival .

On the theme of “AT THE EDGE,” these engaging films will bring you close to magnificent wilderness, as well as to the courageous people who work to protect their communities’ environment.

Join us on Wednesday, March 29 for an evening of humor, adventure, and inspiration.

The film festival is a great opportunity to bring our community together around local environmental issues, inspire advocacy, and offer people (like YOU) a way to get involved locally.

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 7 - 10 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Where: Maynard's Fine Arts Theatre Place, 19 Summer Street


September 10, 2016


Every year the Maynard Cultural Council funds projects and events which enrich quality-of-life in town.
This year, the council challenges all lovers of life on our planet to conceive and execute projects which express the myriad qualities of water.
The Council also completed application for official recognition by the commonwealth of Assabet Village, Maynard's Cultural District, for which the Council serves as the Board of Directors. 
Central among the district's initiatives, the Basin is ripe for re-vision. 
With water-themed video projection and music, the WaterBall celebrated both the launch of this year's grant cycle and began demonstrating the civic potential of the Basin.
Studio InSitu sponsored the tent and port-a-potty, and lent our projection and sound equipment to the effort.
Studio principal Tim Hess chairs the Council.  

El Huipil Awarded Beep Grant

August, 2016


The Town of Maynard’s Business Environment Enhancement Program (BEEP) provides funding for efforts conducive to enhancing Maynard’s business environment.

Proposed projects/initiatives may include but are not limited to: aesthetic improvements, investment in infrastructure and promotional efforts.

Recipients of funds may include business owners, boards/committees, community groups or property owners.

Working closely with Town staff, the program goal is for recipients to provide improvements within Maynard that will attract customers, leverage private investment, create high-wage employment opportunities and encourage improvements to area properties.

Maynard Business Alliance Spring Artwalk 2016

May 7, 2016


Our new flags are flying!

InSitu participated in the Maynard Business Alliance's Spring ArtWalk 2016 hosting an Open House.

After the walk, blues guitar genius Chris McDermott played the after-party for our clients and colleagues and friends here at the studio.

AIA CM Honor Awards for Design Excellence

November 21, 2015


On Saturday November 21st, the Central MA chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented its 2015 Honor Awards in a ceremony at the Higgins House on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Tim was named among the recipients for his design of Slipped Shed Studio. In designating the project an Honorable Mention for Design Excellence, a jury of New Hampshire AIA Architects called the design “fun and whimsical”, noted “the interiors are fantastic”, and cited the project’s “good solution to an insulation problem”.


Trailhead House Wins '2015 Green Building Of The Year' Award From The USGBC MA

October 1, 2015


The U.S. Green Building Council of Massachusetts recognized the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Trailhead House with the 2015 Green Building of Year Award at a ceremony held at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. 

The 2015 Green Building Showcase is the USGBC of Massachusetts Chapter’s premier fall event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built and operated over the past year.  Over 75 projects were on display, with more than 250 industry leaders in attendance.

Planning andZoning Maynard, MA
DNE places: Summer Star (we are one)

July / August 2015

Built around provocative and inspiring quotations from the philanthropist, client, and Master of Philosophy Shalin Liu, William Morgan's story focuses on Liu's aspirations for the earthly virtues and spiritual values to be nurtured at Summer Star. Shaped, first, by the broader principles pursued by the sanctuary, the work of designing the 5200sf building became the central device for exloring questions for the 45-acre sanctuary, like how to pull any of us away from our screens and the persistent pressures of our lives in this agressively commercial American culture? How to enfold us into the gentle rythms of the earth, the seasons, the weather, the day... to nourish the spirit and provoke action - even activism. The place is conceived as a single integrated whole, to enable a coherent and immersive experience of one's own diffusion into nature.


As a Principal at his former firm DSK Architects where he was the principal designer for Summer Star, InSitu Principal and Design Director Tim Hess led the broad and deep team of consultants and collaborators. During construction, Tim launched Studio InSitu Architects Inc and contracted with Summer Star to continue this broad oversight while designing the landscape signage and kiosk, Trailhead House interiors, exhibits, custom and contract furnishings and soft goods. For the sanctuary's Linden Street Gallery, InSitu drafted a plan and a narrative which would evolve to become the Independent Curator Rebecca Smith's show, "Malcolm Wells; Earth Sheltered Architecture".



Plannin', Zonin', Rock and Rollin'

May 7, 2015


Tim was the guest on Town Planner Bill Nemser’s radio hour Planning, Zoning, and Rockin’ and Rollin’. The conversation centered around place-making issues like visual and pedestrian connectivity and cohesion, way-finding and branding in the town center and proposed Assabet Village Cultural District in Maynard, Massachusetts. 

The enduring legacy of Maynard's milltown roots is manifest in the scale and proximity at the core of our vibrant and cohesive “micro-city” village character. Ultimately, the nourishment of the connective tissue here will promote the satisfaction of a fuller and fuller range of Maynard residents’ vocations, pursuits, necessities and diversions.


The Earth’s Climate is Changing; How Can you Live There?

April 23, 2015


Dr. Matthew Shindell’s class in the History of Science department at Harvard University examined environmentalism in the 20th century. Industrial development threatens the earth’s capacity to sustain human life; We’ve "reached the tipping point", Matt has said. If we believe this, how should our convictions influence our buildings; What kinds of places should we be making? Tim presented eight buidling projects which cut against the grain of conventional development in small and larger ways toward more integrative places for a richer, more humane, and more sustainable quality-of-life. Angelica Bunkhouse, Three LIttle Houses, Between the Storms, Piene Farm Artist’s Co-Housing, Slipped-Shed Studio, Broadmeadow Common, and Millbrooktown 2015 projects were shown.  A fuller presentation of the newly-opened Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, from earliest aspirations and concepts through execution and performance concluded the talk. 

Tradition with a Twist (Wellesley/Weston Whitewash)

November/December 2014


In Tradition with a Twist, the story centers around Decorator Mally Skok's work with fabrics and furniture in this house which straddles the town line where Wellesley and Weston, MA meet.

InSitu principal Tim Hess designed the addition while with DSK Architects.
The DSK team included Chip Dewing, Matt Emond, and Justin Mello.

Chris Hart of The Hartwright Company was the General Contractor.

Kitchen Connection (Winter Wainscot)

January/February 2013


Jessica Keener's story, Kitchen Connection explains how a focus on circulation and adjacencies pulled-together the functionality and the aesthetic identity of this house whose many previous additions and alterations had left the place looking confused and feeling somewhat less than the sum of its parts.


InSitu principal Tim Hess designed this place with his former partner at DSK Architects, Jeff Dearing.
Tricia Upton Interiors collaborated on the Interior Design.


David Schroeder was the General Contractor.
The cabinetry was built by Walter Lane.

Builder's Choice Award of Merit 2012
Nonquitt Cottage (Three Little Houses)


The clients were clear about this project from the start, explaining the family's intent to 'take a leadership position' on energy efficiency and stewardship of the environment to set an example for their community about .


In recognizing the project with a Merit Award, the program called the aesthetic a "prime example of a traditional design that’s been filtered through a contemporary lens" and cited the building's use of "recycled materials, reduced energy consumption, and improved indoor air quality." The article continued, "This LEED Silver–rated home features a highly efficient thermomass foundation, convective cooling, and a super-insulated and extremely tight building envelope."



Well Worn (Wainscot Greatroom)

November/December 2010


Well-worn refers to the palate of materials, specified and composed to grow richer and more soulful over time.
This Great Room project re-configures the 1980's developer-designed open space built to connect an 18th-century Acton, MA farmhouse to its 19th-century barn.

The design was comprehensive, from Interior Architecture to furniture and fabrics. 


InSitu principal Tim Hess designed this project as Design Director at Platt Builders.

The General Contractor was Platt Builders, who also built the cabinets.
Tricia Upton was Selections Manager.


Green Home, Green Earth 

November/December 2010


The special Green Living section of New England Home featured the Three Little Houses project as it's cover story and case study.


InSitu principal Tim Hess designed this project together with Marshall McClean and Mark Schmid of DSK Architects.

The General Contractor was The Howland Company.

Landscape Design by Marjory Greville.


2007 Best Large Addition

Stone Silo, Acton, MA.


As Design Director at (then Design-Build firm) Platt Builders

2006 Best Bathroom over $60,000
Elemental Retreat, Carlisle, MA
As Design Director at (then Design-Build firm) Platt Builders
2005 Best Kitchen over $100,000

Wainscot Great Room, Concord, MA


As Design Director at (then Design-Build firm) Platt Builders

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