Leadership

Our leadership team draws from a diverse range of disciplines and talents to bring a wholistic approach to the creative process.

Dean Marchetto  FAIA PP

Founding Principal

Dean is the Founding Principal of the firm which was originally established in 1981. Prior to opening his own practice, he served his apprenticeship with the prestigious firm of Gwathmey Siegal and Associates Architects in New York City. Dean holds a Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology Magna Cum Laude where he received the Gold Medal for highest achievement in architecture upon graduation. His education also included studies at the American Academy of Rome. The American Institute of Architects inducted Dean into the College of Fellows in 2016 for his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the practice of architecture. Dean’s vision for the firm is focused on combining best practice urban planning principals with the design of mixed-use development projects. The firm’s architectural style has provided the new face for Hoboken’s incredible revitalization from the days of decay and decline to its success as New Jersey’s hottest comeback city. Dean is also a professional planner. He is a long-standing member, and former chairman, of the Hudson County Construction Board of Appeals and has served on the Hudson County Public Arts Commission. Dean holds architecture licenses in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania and is an active member in the Urban Land Institute, The Congress of New Urbanism, and the American Planning Association.

Mike Higgins  AIA LEED AP

Managing Principal

After Michael graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with the Bachelor of Architecture degree, he continued his education development at an international design studio in Barcelona, Spain. Within a few years he ventured to the Technical University of Otaniemi, Finland where Michael became captivated by interior daylighting applications. Daylighting is the understanding, considerations and implementation of maximizing daylight illumination, which in turn provides healthier and higher quality interior environments, increased individual productivity, increased human comfort, and mental and visual stimulation. Michael found his niche by working in the construction trades renovating mixed use buildings in downtown Pompton Lakes, an experience that continues to influence his work today. His role at Marchetto Higgins Stieve has evolved into managing the firm’s Construction Document and Construction Administration teams. He motivates and directs his construction team with ease resulting in a streamlined process that influences the outcome…the developer’s vision built. With the successful completion of numerous urban mixed use projects of all sizes and construction types, Michael’s knowledge, experience and expertise are valued assets to the firm. He can often be found at the project site ensuring the approved architecture is being properly constructed. Each building is scrutinized by Michael, especially if it is going to be nominated for LEED certification. Michael’s skill set and attitude complement the office culture which is also carried through to the project environment. Each building is a unique place, enhancing a community and Michael takes great pride in seeing people have better, brighter and healthier spaces to live, work and enjoy.

Bruce Stieve  AIA

Principal

Bruce graduated with Honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Building Arts in 1989 with a Master of Architecture Degree. He continued to elevate his expertise, insights and inspiration by taking courses at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The historically preserved City of Savannah, Georgia helped foster a strong respect for the historic architecture of American cities, and has greatly influenced Bruce’s design ideals. His contemporary designs incorporate an historic flair and are respectfully blended into each unique neighborhood. Bruce focuses on the architectural design of urban multi-family and mixed use projects ranging in size from a few units to a few hundred units. His work has recently expanded to include the design of newly planned urban neighborhoods and transit-oriented development in New Jersey’s larger suburban communities and downtowns. Bruce has also served as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment in his hometown of Caldwell, NJ. And he has been Chairman for the past 3 years. Bruce is well versed in Zoning Ordinance and Redevelopment Plan review and the process of preparing and presenting in front of Municipal Boards. Bruce can usually be found behind the scenes, capturing each developer’s vision by putting pen to paper. He skillfully mentors and manages a team of design architects. Each of Bruce’s building designs are assessed for visual impact, integrity, and sustainability to its environment.

Michael Buldo  AIA

Principal

Mike Buldo holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and spearheads the construction document team for the firm. Buldo has been elevated to the role of Principal. Buldo has been instrumental over the previous 20 years, leading multiple teams and building excellent relationships with both clients and consultants. Building upon these relationships, Buldo delivers well-coordinated projects and makes sure stringent timelines are met. Buldo is an expert with building codes and all construction typologies. He ensures high standards with a focus on quality materials, expert installation, and state-of-the-art construction techniques. Buldo focuses and thrives on meticulous attention to detail elevating construction documents to a high level of completeness and coordination with consultants. The result is found in high-quality, sustainable, multifamily buildings that MHS Architects is known for.

Vince Marchetto  AIA

Principal

Vincent is an NCARB certified architect, with licenses in NJ, FL, and CO. He received his master’s degree in architecture from TU Delft in the Netherlands. For his master’s thesis Vincent worked with Dutch faculty and MHS Architects to design a new 200-acre city on reclaimed land along the Jersey City Waterfront. The project contained over 20,500 new housing units, 35+M SF of new real estate. Vincent received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has also spent time working in Germany. At MHS Vincent specializes in entitlements. New projects usually start on Vincent’s desk where he works through zoning law, building codes, and the client’s program to maximize the value of the investment. Vincent has served as a board member of the Journal Square Community Association and was a member NJTPA’s UpNext focus group on NJ’s long-range transportation plan for the year 2050. Vincent has successfully presented projects approval at the Jersey City, Newark, and Hoboken, NJ planning boards.

Associates

Brian  Ziff

Brian Ziff  RA, BIM Director

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Cody Miller

Cody Miller  RA, NCIDQ

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Daniel  Nowak

Daniel Nowak  AIA, LEED AP

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Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez  RA

Associate

Paula Rocha

Paula Rocha  NCIDQ

Associate Interior Design Director

Our Team

Simply the best...talented, cool, and creative.

Alexander Mayorga

Alexander Mayorga 

Design Director

Anthony  Eleftheriades

Anthony Eleftheriades 

Antonio Beltran

Antonio Beltran 

Director of Technical Services

Ashwin Yadav

Ashwin Yadav 

Bozena Pilcicki

Bozena Pilcicki 

Brett  Russ

Brett Russ 

Chloe Blottman

Chloe Blottman 

David Scheetz

David Scheetz 

Senior Project Manager

Fallon Lucena

Fallon Lucena 

HR Administrative Executive

Federico Patino

Federico Patino 

Jenny  Kwon

Jenny Kwon  RA, NCARB

Kristine Manzi

Kristine Manzi 

Kumayl Qureshi

Kumayl Qureshi 

Mike Malanga

Mike Malanga 

Controller

Nimesha Padman

Nimesha Padman 

Patrick Pentland

Patrick Pentland  LEED, AP, BD+C

Santiago Torres

Santiago Torres  RA, PP, LEED BD+C

Senior Project Architect

Sara Elmaayergy

Sara Elmaayergy 

Sean  Olsen

Sean Olsen  RA, NCARB

Shallon Gammon

Shallon Gammon 

Communications Director

Vania Nocum

Vania Nocum 

Wooyoung  Choi

Wooyoung Choi 

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Careers

Join the team. Design is a collaborative process at MHS. We are looking for the best and the brightest talent and there is room for growth at all experience levels. Send your resume and portfolio.

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Location: Hoboken, NJ
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MHS Architecture is an award-winning interdisciplinary design office with a rich 40-year history specializing in Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Interior Design. This legacy has established a strong foothold in the New Jersey mixed-use residential development market through a commitment to design excellence and project realization. Building on this foundation, MHS Architecture is on a path to expand its body of work to include more prominent and complex projects, boost the integration of emerging technologies into our design process, further grow our interior design services, and expand our presence in other urban regions. We are seeking highly motivated, dedicated, and creative individuals who are enthusiastic about being part of the expansion and upward trajectory of MHS Architecture and the career development opportunities this growth allows for. We offer an engaging work culture, competitive pay and benefits packages, and a dynamic work environment with opportunities for personal growth and development. Interested candidates should have the following qualifications: Skills + Experience Requirements • Demonstrate creative design thinking and innovative problem solving • Practical knowledge of building material and façade systems • Strong verbal and visual communication skills • Demonstrate proficiency in Revit, Rhino, and graphic presentation software • An added benefit would include sensibility with interiors and landscaping • 3+ years of professional experience • Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in architecture Team Collaboration + Project Management Expectations • Enthusiasm for collaboration and coordinating input from project team members • Flexibility for working on multiple projects at various stages of design • Ability to contribute collaboratively and positively to team discussions • Ability to self-manage time to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment • Self-motivated to find unique solutions to design problems • Pride and rigor in producing thorough and quality work Construction + Building Code Experience Requirements • Practical knowledge of New Jersey building code requirements • Knowledge of building envelope design and detailing • Ability to configure and develop residential unit layouts • An added benefit would include familiarity with zoning codes in cities throughout Hudson County Benefits • Fast paced work environment with exposure to many different projects at various stages • Exposure and support in learning about Zoning codes and Building codes • ARE/AXP mentoring • Weekly out of office social events • Professional growth support through continuing education programs • Flexibility and support for further expanding individual skillsets • Fully covered health insurance • Summer Fridays + 15 flex PTO days • Hybrid work flexibility for qualified candidates • Commuter benefits • Contribution into 401(k) and profit sharing for qualified candidates Please email your resume and work samples as a PDF to Contact@MHSarchitects.com

Press

Our position of prestige has been hard-earned by decades of never settling for less, and our cutting-edge choices have been chronicled by industry-leading journalists and respected professional associations.

Topping out of 270 Johnston
January 2023

MHS Architecture celebrated the topping out of 270 Johnston with Fields Grade Development and Alpine Residential last week. It is exciting to be a part of the growth of the Bergen-Lafayette community in Jersey City with multiple mixed-use developments taking shape.

Great article by Real Estate NJ here: http://bit.ly/3R3KBy1

@mhs_architects @alpineresidential @fieldsgradedevelopment @re-nj #270Johnston #mhsarchitecture #Bergen-Lafayette

Smart Growth Awards 2022: Taylor Vose
January 2023

MHS Architecture is honored that our project, Taylor Vose has been recognized as one of the best in planning, development, and redevelopment in the Garden State and awarded a New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Award. South Orange Village has been energized with the completion of this transit-oriented 5-story mixed-use development. The strong aesthetic design was inspired from neighboring buildings and South Orange’s rich history, creating a new sense of place for this walkable community. Taylor Vose offers over 10,000 sf of retail, 110 residential residences, and 9,748 sf of office/community space.

Check out New Jersey Future’s video announcement. https://youtu.be/BAWOWoT6wsM

@newjerseyfuture @mhs_architects @taylorvose @taylorvoseapartments #southorangevillage #mhsarchitecture

Journal Square Tower Approved
January 2023

⁠MHS Architecture’s project at 80 Journal Square received The Jersey City Planning Board’s approval and The Real Deal picked up on the story. MHS Architecture’s 28-story mixed-use skyscraper project will be built next to the Loew’s Theater in Journal Square. This multifamily will deliver 400 units with 40 units being allocated as affordable and feature a serrated exterior glass façade lifting up to the third floor revealing the building's transparent commercial base like a stage curtain. The base is set back 50 feet from the curb to create a magnificent outdoor plaza designed with a café to augment the theatergoer's experience at the Loews. ⁠ ⁠ The project was recently covered by The Real Deal. Read the full article here: https://trd.media/trs/3CbWxx

Some of the commissioner's comments include:⁠ ⁠ “What an incredible design and project. Loved the design. For sure, it’s a transformation, a great addition to Jersey City. The variances are justifiable. What a great job. I vote aye,” ⁠ ⁠ “It’s an amazing project. I hope that it gets built soon. I’m proud to see that type of building go up in Journal Square,”⁠ ⁠ “I have lived in the Journal Square area for more than 40 years. It looks fantastic. India Square is going to get the arches, and this area will look so well. I’m going to vote aye,” ⁠ ⁠ “Great design. I think that public plaza is going to be a great addition. I certainly appreciate the affordable housing and the lack of PTAC units. I happily vote aye,” ⁠ ⁠ The project was ultimately approved unanimously (5-0).⁠ @mhs_architects @bh3management @hopestreetcapital #architects #njarchitects ⁠

Awards

Our reputation as community builders and innovators has been not just noticed, but widely commended by professional associations and industry media.

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ULI NNJ Excellence Awards for NJ Development Project of the Year: Seymour St. Redevelopment, Montclair, NJ
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Downtown New Jersey-Built Project Excellence Award: Township of Montclair for Wellmont Arts Plaza
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NJ Future Smart Growth Award: TAYLOR VOSE, Township of South Orange Village, NJ
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APA NJ Great Places Award: Wellmont Arts Plaza, Montclair, NJ

Clients

We think it says a lot that most of our business comes from repeat clients or from client referrals.

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  • Albanese Organization
  • Alpine Residential
  • Amerestate Holdings LLC
  • Applied Development Company, Inc
  • Bijou Properties
  • Brookfield
  • China Construction
  • Citiscape Development
  • Clarement Companies
  • Encore Capital Management
  • Equity Residential
  • Fields Development Group
  • Hampshire
  • Hartz Mountain Industries LLC
  • JMF Properties
  • K. Hovnanian Homes
  • Kabr Group
  • Kushner Real Estate Group
  • Lantree Developments
  • LeFrak
  • Liberty Harbor Development
  • MRY Associates LLC
  • Mark Built Homes
  • Metro Homes LLC
  • Mill Creek Residential Trust
  • Newport Development Associates
  • Pinnacle
  • Related
  • Rockefeller Group Dev. Corp
  • Roseland Property Company
  • Russo Development
  • Shuster Development
  • Silverman, Building Neighborhoods
  • Spitzer Enterprises
  • Sterling Properties Group LLC
  • Strategic Capital
  • The KRE Group
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Toll Brothers City Living
  • Waterfront Management LLC