A team that gets it done

A history of solutions. A culture of service.

If architecture is, indeed, as the poet Goethe wrote, “frozen music”, then Marchetto Higgins Stieve has composed some timeless hits.

Since our founding in 1981, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects has orchestrated award winning architectural, planning and design services for a long list of residential and mixed-use developments. But more than winning awards, our inventive and successful solutions have repeatedly helped provide the kind of returns that developers expect and appreciate.

Guided by the principles of new urbanism, we have been the leading force in creating the new face for Hoboken’s incredible revitalization. And throughout New Jersey, we are at the cutting edge of several significant trends: the trend to bring downtowns back to small towns, design and planning for transit-oriented smart growth developments, and the critical trend of implementing green, sustainable architecture.


Developers work with Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects because they know that we know what’s important to them. Such as creating multi-family designs that will not only accommodate the optimum number of families, but also make people want to live there. We understand that architecture doesn’t become “frozen music” until it’s built. That’s why our extensive experience working with community boards and municipal officials is so valuable. It has helped us achieve an extraordinary record of successfully completed projects.


While Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects is big enough to handle virtually any planning and/or architectural challenge, clients can take comfort in the fact that we are also small enough to say with confidence that each project receives the expertise and attention of our four principals.

Our Clients

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

  • Applied Development Company, Inc
  • Amerestate Holdings LLC
  • Bijou Properties
  • Citiscape Development
  • Claremont Companies
  • Encore Capital Management
  • Equity Residential
  • Fields Development Group
  • Hartz Mountain Industries LLC
  • JMF Properties
  • K. Hovnanian® Homes
  • Kushner Real Estate Group
  • Metro Homes LLC
  • Mill Creek Residential Trust
  • MRY Associates LLC
  • Newport Associates Development Company
  • Rockefeller Group Dev. Corp
  • Roseland Property Company
  • SILVERMAN, Building Neighborhoods
  • Strategic Capital
  • Sterling Properties Group LLC
  • Toll Brothers City Living®
  • The KRE Group
  • Waterfront Management LLC

Our Leadership

  • Dean P. MarchettoFAIA, PP

    Founding Principal

    Dean has been elevated to the College of Fellows by his peers in The American Institute of Architects. Leading up to this great achievement, Dean graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture 1977 Magna Cum Laude. He graduated with the Gold Medal for highest achievement in Architecture and the Alumni Award for student service. His education also included studies at the American Academy of Rome. Following graduation he served his apprenticeship with the firm of Gwathmey Siegal & Associates Architects in New York City. Dean established the firm in 1981 in Hoboken with a special focus on designing buildings and urban planning projects which seek to revitalize older downtown areas. 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.

    • New Jersey State Board of Architects 1981
    • State of New York for Architecture 1985
    • New Jersey State Board of Planners 1986
    • State of Connecticut for Architecture 2002
    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Architecture 2003
  • Michael J. Higgins AIA, LEED AP


    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.

    • New Jersey State Board of Architects 1993
    • New York State Board of Architects 2008
    • United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional 2008
    • American Institute of Architects
    • Architects League of North Jersey
    • U.S. Green Building Council NJ Chapter
    • International Code Council
  • Bruce A. Stieve AIA


    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.

    • New Jersey State Board of Architects 1996
    • American Institute of Architects
  • Mike Buldo AIA


    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.

    • New Jersey State Board of Architects 2008
    • New York State Board of Architects 2011
    • American Institute of Architects