Maugel Architects, an award-winning planning, architectural and interior design firm in Harvard, MA, has acquired DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, NH, bringing together the firms’ 50 years of combined experience in shaping exceptional buildings and spaces in Boston, Portsmouth and throughout the Northeast. The firm will maintain offices in both locations, bringing large scale design expertise to all of New England and beyond. Maugel Architects Founder Brent Maugel, and DeStefano Architects Founder Lisa DeStefano will spearhead continued growth and expansion strategies.

Maugel Architects has a history of making bold moves. In 2018, the firm celebrated its 25th anniversary and set a course for sustained long-term growth by relaunching the brand and naming Daniel Barton, Jonathan Cocker, Mike Kunz and Mark Pelletier as principals to the firm. This acquisition accelerates Maugel and DeStefano’s growth trajectories by immediately adding bandwidth in both capacity and geography.

“This collaboration brings a strong design resource to the New England Commercial Real Estate landscape; one that features depth of design talent, service-oriented business philosophies and a culture of employee well-being and social purpose,” said Brent Maugel, AIA, president and founder of Maugel Architects. “Lisa and I are extremely excited about the opportunities this expanded capability brings to our employees, our clients and our communities.”

“I always envisioned that our firm would find the right partner with whom to join and to grow. This perfect cultural alliance will allow us to rapidly diversify and expand our services to larger projects for existing and new clients alike,” added Lisa DeStefano, AIA, founder and principal architect of DeStefano Architects. “This is such a great opportunity to share a strategic vision with a successful architectural firm that complements our services and whose culture and history are very much like ours. We look forward to traveling together on this exciting new journey.”