Hudson County-based Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects) was just named “Firm of the Year” by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Jersey Chapter. The award was announced as part of AIA’s 2019 Service Awards and the honor distinguishes MHS Architects for their work as well as their success and significant expansion over the past year.
MHS Architects has offices in Hoboken and Jersey City’s Journal Square and has been a premier architecture, planning, and urban design firm for decades, specializing in residential and mixed-use multi-family developments anywhere from four to forty stories throughout New Jersey.
“We’re incredibly honored and appreciative to receive such a prestigious award,” said Founding Principal Dean Marchetto, FAIA, who has led the firm for its nearly 40 years in operation, in a prepared statement.
“This is a tribute to our entire team of architects, planners, and staff in recognition of their exemplary efforts to serve our development clients in award-winning fashion. Their unwavering dedication and commitment to both design and community building has allowed us to expand our scope of services and enter many new and exciting markets throughout the state. Their creativity and tireless work ethic have us well-positioned for continued growth in the years to come.”
The demand for a walkable urban lifestyle continues to grow and as a result, city centers are experiencing significant redevelopment. Real estate developers, including KRE Group and Toll Brothers City Living®, have relied on MHS Architects’ expertise and innovative solutions to transform areas into sustainable neighborhoods. Recent noteworthy projects are K. Hovnanian Homes’ Nine on the Hudson in West New York and Roseland Residential Trust’s Metropolitan Lofts in Morristown. And to match this demand, MHS Architects increased its size by 25 percent from 2018 to 2019.
The firm is guided by the principles of Smart Growth and New Urbanism and both values and relies on community participation and involvement. One of MHS Architects’ most significant architectural accomplishments has been the vital role it has played in the rebirth of Hoboken as a residential community, having designed and completed more than 100 buildings in the Mile-Square City, including the recently launched Park + Garden, according to a recent press release.
MHS Architects has won seven other industry awards this year in addition to the AIA-NJ “Firm of the Year” honor and it is the 50th award for the firm overall. MHS Architects has also worked for some of the most prominent real estate developers in the region, including the aforementioned as well as Hartz Mountain Industries, Albanese Organization, and Kushner Companies.