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.