Designer of Morristown’s Modera 44, Metropolitan Lofts and Fox Rothschild triangle gets top NJ award

Fox Rothschild Building
The Fox Rothschild building, 49 Market Street, Morristown. Photo by Beth Kujan
49 Market Street, Morristown Beth Kujan


From Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects:


The architectural firm responsible for helping shape Morristown’s downtown streetscapes was recognized by the American Institute of Architects-New Jersey Chapter (AIA-NJ) during its inaugural and award gala held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Felina in Ridgewood, NJ.

Rendering of the Metropolitan Lofts on DeHart Street in Morristown.

Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), which designed Roseland Residential Trust’s Metropolitan Lofts rental building at 11 Dehart St., Mill Creek Residential’s Modera 44 at 44 Prospect St. and the Fox Rothchild Office Building developer by Hampshire Real Estate Co. at 49 Market St., received the highly-esteemed “Firm of the Year” award from the prestigious industry organization.

The honor, which is part of AIA’s 2019 Service Awards, distinguishes MHS Architects as an exceptional architectural firm and recognizes its impressive success and significant expansion over the past year.

With demand growing for walkable, city-centric living like Morristown and substantial redevelopment efforts underway throughout New Jersey’s urban centers, real estate developers have increasingly relied on MHS Architects’ extensive experience and inventive solutions for transforming inner cities and downtowns into vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods, leading the company to expand in size by nearly 25% in 2018-19.

Architect Dean Marchetto delivers presentation to Morristown council. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Architect Dean Marchetto delivers presentation to Morristown council in 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“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.

“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.”

(From Left): AIA-NJ Service Awards Chair, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA presents “Firm of the Year” award to MHS Architects Principal Michael Buldo, AIA; MHS Architects Founding Principal Dean Marchetto, FAIA; MHS Architects Principal Bruce Stieve, AIA ; and MHS Architects Principal Michael Higgins, AIA. 2020 AIA-NJ President, Steven B Lazarus, AIA, also was present for the ceremony. Photo courtesy of MHS.

MHS Architects is a premier architectural, planning and design firm specializing in residential and mixed-use multifamily developments. It performs architecture, land planning and urban design for mixed-use projects ranging from four-to-forty stories throughout New Jersey.

The firm places heavy emphasis on building a sense of belonging and community, and creates public awareness surrounding each development through a process of community participation and involvement.

Outside Modera 44. Photo by Kevin Coughlin for
Outside Modera 44. Photo by Kevin Coughlin for

Guided by the principles of Smart Growth and the New Urbanism, one of the firm’s 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.

MHS Architects has experience in various market types and size, and is on the cutting edge of trailblazing development trends in New Jersey, including the movement to bring downtowns back to small towns, designing and planning for transit-oriented, smart growth developments, and the critical trend of implementing green, sustainable architecture.

To achieve client goals and introduce well-designed, responsible projects that complement existing municipal structures, MHS Architects relies on its expertise working with community boards and municipal officials to gain valuable local insight and input.

The AIA-NJ “Firm of the Year” honor is the eighth award for MHS Architects in 2019 and the 50th award for the firm in total. MHS Architects has worked for some of the most prominent real estate developers in the region.

In addition to the aforementioned, these include KRE Group, Hartz Mountain Industries, Toll Brothers City Living®, Albanese Organization, Kushner Companies, Fields Development Group and SILVERMAN: Building Neighborhoods.

More information on MHS Architects can be found on the company’s website at

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