Harnessing the Power of Client Advocacy and Advanced Technology, Maugel DeStefano Architects Transforms New England’s Design Landscape


Maugel DeStefano Architects Named 2023 Architectural Firm of the Year

BOSTON- For the last three decades, Maugel DeStefano Architects (Maugel) has used innovation to solve its clients most pressing design challenges. With an approach that never says “no”, but rather, “how?”, Maugel has shaped exceptional designs for medical, lab, life sciences, industrial, multifamily and corporate real estate across New England.

The firm is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with continued growth under the new ownership team and by maintaining a laser focus on solving design challenges through innovation and creativity for its clients in fast-changing environments.

Photo: Blue Star Business Park in Norton, MA.

“As we look forward to the next 30 years and beyond, we are going to be faithful to our innovative design approach, client advocacy, and adapting to technological and design changes. We’re already embracing the latest design technologies,” says Jonathan Cocker, Principal and the Healthcare Lead at Maugel. “We want to stay at the forefront of innovation and creativity to bring the very best solutions to our clients, always.”

Photo: Circle Health in Dracut, MA

Cocker says that the firm grew organically for 25 years and then acquired DeStefano Architects in 2019. During its journey, the firm kept adapting to the latest technologies, tools and needs of its clients.

“One thing that distinguishes us from other firms is our passion for excellence in design and problem solving. We take a focused but flexible approach to design, and when it comes to serving our clients to the best of our abilities, we remain open-minded and agile,” adds Cocker.

Founded in 1993 in Melrose, MA under the name Maugel Architects and with only two employees, Maugel has now grown to a staff of about 40 professionals, with offices in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The award-winning firm is recognized for its expertise in strategic planning, architecture and interior design, new builds, and asset repositioning across various sectors, including healthcare, industrial, science & advanced technology, multifamily, commercial and custom residential. It is currently lead by Principals Jonathan Cocker, Mike Kunz, and Mark Pelletier, AIA.

What has enabled the firm’s growth and strong reputation in the marketplace today comes from its expertise and ability to solve the space challenges faced by small-to-large companies in fast-changing economic and technological environments.

“We understand how design choices impact our clients’ potential growth, ROI and future planning. Our team of experts has mastered the art of problem solving, creativity, innovation and speedy delivery of projects on budget and on time,” said Pelletier.

Over the years, Maugel has designed over 30 million square feet of world-class space for clients ranging from real estate developers to direct users in a wide range of industries, such as life sciences, medical devices, biopharma, biomanufacturing, manufacturing, multifamily, commercial, as well as corporate interiors.

Photo: Lake Point Village senior housing development in Lakeville, MA, exterior

“Throughout these years, we have stayed focused on our clients in a collaborative way, with a deep passion to make their vision a reality,” says Kunz, Principal and the Commercial/Industrial Lead at Maugel. “We always strive to bring a unique perspective to not only deliver what our clients want, but we also provide other ways to exceed their goals.”

Photo: Porter Street Townhomes in Portsmouth, NH, exterior

Here are some key milestones of the firm’s 30-year journey:

  • In 2019, Maugel Architects acquired DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth, NH. The acquisition accelerated the firms’ growth trajectories by immediately expanding market position and geographical reach throughout New England.
  • In April 2022, the firm changed its corporate name to Maugel DeStefano Architects. The new name unified its corporate brand identity and honored the rich legacies of both firms.
  • In late 2022, Principals Jonathan Cocker, Kunz, and Pelletier became equal majority shareholders and assumed daily operations of the firm.
  • At the start of 2023, Founder Brent Maugel assumed the title of Principal Emeritus and fully transitioned to an advisory role as a design influencer on major projects.
Jonathan Cocker

Jonathan Cocker

Cocker’s expertise in architectural programming, design, and construction is the result of his two decades of professional practice. He plays a crucial role in leading the healthcare group, guiding and providing tailored professional services that perfectly align with the unique needs of his clients. Cocker’s extensive portfolio showcases his versatility and mastery across a wide range of building types. From designing cutting-edge healthcare facilities that prioritize patient well-being to creating innovative spaces for life sciences and manufacturing sectors, Jonathan’s work reflects his deep understanding and passion for creating spaces that enhance functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. Cocker holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Norwich University.

Mike Kunz

Mike Kunz

With a 20-year career in the architectural industry, Kunz’s highly regarded skills in project management, programming, design, and construction, establish him as an expert in these fields. His exceptional knowledge and expertise have made him a sought-after professional in both the industrial and commercial sectors. Over the years, Kunz has built long-standing relationships with clients, earning their trust, and establishing a strong rapport. This trust is crucial in his ability to bring their visions to life.

Mark Pelletier

Mark Pelletier, AIA

Pelletier’s expertise has been honed over an impressive 25-year career spanning a broad range of building types and market sectors. His versatility is evident as he effortlessly navigates the complexities of custom residential projects and seamlessly transitions to large-scale commercial developments or cutting-edge life science facilities. Respected and admired throughout the design industry, Pelletier’s extensive design knowledge, creativity, and amiable, fun-loving personality have won him a loyal following. Collaborating closely with his clients, he not only delivers impeccable designs but also ensures their utmost satisfaction throughout the entire process. His problem-solving skills and proven track record of success have solidified his position as a trusted advisor, sought after by clients who value his guidance and expertise.