Maugel DeStefano Architects, an award-winning architectural firm that shapes exceptional designs for healthcare, multifamily, labs, biotech, industrial, corporate real estate, and custom residential homes across the Northeastern United States, today announced that it has been named Architectural Firm of the Year for 2023 by the Boston Real Estate Times.

Boston Real Estate Times, New England’s largest commercial real estate digital and multimedia magazine, will honor Maugel DeStefano Architects at its Annual Excellence Awards Gala on Sept. 13 at Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA.

“Maugel DeStefano Architects, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has emerged as a leading architectural and design firm in New England since its founding in 1993,” said Boston Real Estate Times. “Moreover, the firm has shaped exceptional designs across a diverse client base for Medical, Multifamily, Industrial, Lab, Life Sciences, and Corporate Real Estate. With an inspiring and forward-thinking new ownership team leading the way, Maugel DeStefano is well-positioned for continued growth while maintaining an unwavering dedication to their clients and their employees.”


Left to Right: Principals Mark Pelletier, Jonathan Cocker, and Mike Kunz

In 2018, Maugel DeStefano celebrated the firm’s 25th anniversary and set a course for sustained long-term growth by naming Daniel Barton, Jonathan Cocker, Mike Kunz, and Mark Pelletier as principals alongside Founder Brent Maugel. In 2019, Maugel Architects acquired DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth, NH, naming Founder Lisa DeStefano a principal of the combined firm. The acquisition accelerated the firm’s growth trajectory by immediately expanding its market position and geographical reach throughout New England. In October of 2022, Cocker, Kunz and Pelletier became equal majority shareholders of Maugel DeStefano Architects, and Brent Maugel transitioned to Principal Emeritus in January of 2023.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as Architectural Firm of the Year for 2023. Our growth and reputation in the marketplace today are a direct result of our expertise and ability to navigate the complex challenges faced by companies of all sizes in rapidly evolving economic and technological landscapes," explained Jonathan Cocker, principal at Maugel DeStefano Architects. "We have a deep understanding of how design choices impact our clients' potential for growth, return on investment, and future planning. Our team of experts has truly mastered the art of client advocacy, creative problem-solving, innovative design, and delivering value to our clients. This prestigious award serves as an affirmation that we are on the right path.”

About Maugel DeStefano Architects

Celebrating 30 years, Maugel DeStefano Architects is a New England-based award-winning architectural firm that shapes exceptional spaces and creates environments for innovation and growth throughout the Northeastern United States. Our designs come to life in millions of square feet of commercial and residential real estate throughout New England for a wide range of clients and industries, including healthcare, multifamily, industrial, science and advanced technology, commercial, and custom residential. We value long-term partnerships with clients, many of whom choose Maugel DeStefano Architects time and again to help them realize their vision. For more information, visit


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