Studio InSitu Architects, Inc.

Studio InSitu Architects, Inc.

5.0 (1)
5 employees
8 years in business

About this pro

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. We work for insights on the fundamental opportunities inherent in a project’s place in context, striving to unpack and celebrate the attributes already present at the site.
Studio InSitu Architects, Inc is the Placemaking Architecture & Design practice of W. Timothy Hess.
Certifications and Awards
2019 Worcester Business Journal Top 10 Architecture Firms
2018 Worcester Business Journal Top 10 Architecture Firms
2015 USGBCMA Green Building of the Year: Summer Star
2015 AIA award Central Mass: Slipped Shed Studio
2013 Design New England Mag feature: Winter Wainscot
2010 Builder Mag GreenHomes Case Study: 3 Little Houses
2007 Chrysalis Award Best Large Addition: Stone Silo
2006 Chrysalis Award Best hi-end Bath: Elemental Retreat
2005 Chrysalis: Best hi-end Kitchen: Wainscot Great Room
2001 VM+SD Best use of Tech: Discovery SF Flagship
1999 VM+SD Store of the Year: Discovery DC Flagship
Architectural License:
New Hampshire
New York 
New Jersey

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Maynard, MA 01754
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  • Patrick Leighton

    My wife's disabled father was moving in with us and we had to re-vamp the downstairs bathroom to accommodate him and his his walker. We asked InSitu to design a handicap accessible bathroom that would also fit our sense of design. Wow! We couldn't believe what our gutted bathroom turned into, and then some! InSitu proposed something that nobody else even thought of: opening up the floor over the basement for a step-down tub/shower! We (wife and kids) now step down three steps into a jacuzzi tub with double shower heads and no curtain to hide the tiling and keep kid-generated mess under control. My father-in-law showers in a different bathroom upstairs, but the toilet "grab bars" were disguised as the toilet-paper/magazine rack on one side and the counter top on the other. Worked like a charm for my father-in-law. Tons of storage space, too, and a big mirror my wife can see the back of her head in. InSitu organized an army of different workers who did great work in a small space. Guests now inevitably comment on the great bathroom and only on careful inspection realize that it is actually handicap accessible.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Studio InSitu Architects Inc (InSitu) will provide full architectural and interior architectural services as described below, graduating from one phase to the next:

1.) Existing Conditions:

The essential work of this phase is to identify the site-related factors which will influence the design solution. Accurate documentation of the configurations and conditions of the space and structure at the building itself are prerequisites to design work. InSitu will measure and photograph the space and build a 3-d computer model of the building. From this model, we will extract a set of 2-d Existing Conditions Documents, and together, these 3d and 2d products will serve as the basis for design work.

2.) Schematic Design:

The essential work of this phase is to explore a range of possible approaches to the project’s spatial compositional puzzle, then narrow and deepen the focus of that work to establish a cohesive single scheme. Design work is investigative and iterative in nature. While very simple problems can sometimes be well resolved in 2 or 3 rounds, exploration and discovery in early rounds can expand or re-frame the design problem – and require additional iterations. It is anticipated that the Schematic Design phase will prompt and integrate other work such as generating and scrutinizing concepts for the potential use(s) and programming of the building and landscape. 

3.) Pricing and Value Engineering Schemic Design: 

When a scheme has gelled to clients’ satisfaction, InSitu will prepare a Schematic Pricing Package intended to convey enough detail for your preferred builder or a small group of bidders to generate Preliminary Cost Estimate(s) (or Soft Bids) based on the established design intent. This package will include dimensioned drawings to conclude Phase 2, plus InSitu’s suggested materials and specifications. InSitu will collaborate with the builder to support his/her development of a Cost Estimate.

4.) Value Engineering and Construction Documents:

With schematic design and schematic pricing in-hand, InSitu will work with the builder to develop the Scope and Details of the project to align with owner’s price targets. InSitu’s value-focused consultation with the builder will continue through the completion of our Construction Documents. This phase will include the work of InSitu's consultants for relevant disciplines. Other disciplines such as Landscape Architecture may also have small roles.

5.) Construction Observation:

This phase involves InSitu's ongoing participation throughout the construction work. We will visit the site to monitor construction and participate in Construction Progress Meetings at intervals approximately weekly. We will review shop-drawings and make other pre-order confirmations for any custom-fabricated pieces and parts, from structural members to windows and doors, custom cabinetry, and/or any other sensitive items. If the client requests it, we will review builder’s invoicing for correspondence with progress on-site. InSitu will follow Massachusetts/NJ/NY/NH/PA Commercial Construction Control processes for site inspections, reports, affidavits. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Cornell University B'Arch
Registered Architect, AIA, NCARB, CNU-A, SEED
License Numbers:
MA #32014
PA #RA-015060-B
NY #026368
NJ #13471
NH #04513

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Billing Rates: InSitu's work for Phases 1 through 3 is billed in quarter-hour increments, at rates based on level of certificiation: Principal, Production Director, Project Architect/Manager, Assistant and/or Intern. A fixed rate may be applicable in stages 4 through 5 in relation to construction costs, depending on the depth of detail and the breadth of associated responsibilities.

How did you get started in this business?

Tim’s passion and capacity for designing authentic contextual places and comprehensive immersive environments has helped win national and regional awards for the homes, neighborhoods, flagship retail stores, and restaurants he has designed. He earned a professional B'Arch at Cornell and practiced with leading design firms in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts in 2004. He developed a thriving and award-winning design department in three years with a Groton Design/Build contractor, broadened and modernized the vocabulary in several years as a principal with a staid Concord, MA Architecture firm, and integrates all of this broad experience in his new 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 performs Design Review for the Town of Maynard, 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 charied 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 serves as a Director of the Maynard Business Alliance, and a Corporator of 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.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Modern Residential, High-End Residential, Immersive Experiential Commercial (Restaurant+Retail), Mixed-Use, LEED / Sustainable design, Urban Planning & Development, Local Government

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Open Studios at ArtSpace Maynard

Grand Opening of Azucar Tapas & Cocteles

Woodstock 50th Anniversay at Sanctuary

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

What is the hierarchy of your values as they relate to your project?

To discuss your project values and the possibility of a good fit with Studio InSitu, call 978.461.6114.

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