Inspiring a culture of learning.

About Us

HMFH is nationally recognized for our design of educational facilities that enrich the human experience and the learning potential of each individual student. While every project is different in its response to context and program, all are unified by our collaborative approach and belief that the best architecture builds community. We create spaces that connect people—whether across a campus, in an urban setting, or within the academic environment.

HMFH is a women-owned architectural firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The collaborative process, innovative design, and exacting attention to detail and client service that distinguished our early practice remain foundational to our firm today. Through partnerships with our clients and colleagues, we discover new ways to advance design equity, by challenging our assumptions, reflecting on our past efforts, and evolving new approaches while remaining committed to our common purpose of designing for enduring, positive outcomes.

  • Architecture
  • Master Planning
  • Campus Planning
  • Educational Programming
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Community Engagement
  • Expert Witness

Our History

Our story begins in 1969, when three young classmates from the Harvard Graduate School of Design launched a firm with their mentor, Walter Hill, a well-known school designer. The new firm, Hill Miller Friedlaender Hollander was quickly recognized for its integrated approach to school planning and design, winning awards for the iconic Brewster Elementary School and Charlestown High School. The young firm’s projects were distinguished for their humanizing scale, invigorating use of color, natural light, and programmatic clarity.

In 1984, the firm was reorganized as HMFH Architects under the leadership of John Miller, Stephen Friedlaender, Mario Torroella, and George Metzger. Through significant projects like Penn High School in Indiana, the Chelsea, MA schools, as well as significant design awards from national educational organizations, HMFH expanded its reputation for integrated educational planning and design that delight and inspire each new generation of students.

“It’s all about people… the needs of end-users, the vision of clients and the creativity of colleagues… good architecture is a collaborative process that evolves and engages.”

George Metzger, AIA | Principal Emeritus

  • 2024
    Matt LaRue is promoted to Associate Principal
  • 2023
    Fales Elementary School is named Green Building of the Year by Built Environment Plus
  • 2022
    Saugus Middle High School earns LEED Platinum certification
  • 2022
    Bristol County Agricultural High School is named Green Building of the Year by Built Environment Plus
  • 2021
    Bobby Williams and Erica Metzger are promoted to Associate Principals
  • 2019
    HMFH celebrates its 50th Anniversary
  • 2017
    Tina Stanislaski is promoted to Principal
  • 2015
    HMFH earns certification as a Women-Owned Business (WBE)
  • 2014
    Laura Wernick is elevated to AIA College of Fellows
  • 2011
    Boston Renaissance Charter Public School wins Preservation Alliance award
  • 2009
    Pip Lewis and Lori Cowles become Principals
  • 2008
    HMFH transforms part of Harvard’s historic Paine Hall for a specialized music program
  • 2004
    Sustainable Capuano Early Childhood Center wins HMFH’s 6th Walter Taylor award
  • 2002
    MATCH School in Boston wins Preservation Alliance award
  • 1999
    McDonald Hall opens at McCallie School in Chattanooga, a new model for independent schools
  • 1998
    Laura Wernick joins John, Steve, George, and Mario as Principal
  • 1995
    Baldwin School opens to chorus of praise from community and design juries
  • 1994
    Butler Middle School wins 4th Walter Taylor award for HMFH
  • 1988
    City Magnet School in Lowell featured on NBC
  • 1984
    Mario Torroella, John Miller, George Metzger, and Stephen Friedlaender take on leadership of renamed HMFH Architects
  • 1980
    Architectural Record features three HMFH projects: Charlestown High School, Brewster Elementary, and East Cambridge Fire Station
  • 1976
    Firm’s first new school, Brewster Elementary Schools, opens and receives HMFH’s first Walter Taylor award
  • 1971
    Firm renovates former Cambridge apple factory for new offices
  • 1969
    Hill Miller Friedlaender Hollander founded