Bill Hubner, Architect

"I really like a challenge, one that allows a lot of interplay between our ideas and the client’s – something that calls on my expertise in design and the strengths of the whole firm to see project details to completion."

Bill has practiced architecture in Lexington since 1988. He lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, a graphic designer, and his Welsh Terrier, Gaiter. When he ís not solving design problems, Bill enjoys sailing, cycling, and competing in triathlons.

"I am always very involved in our projects. Early on I collect ideas from the people we’re working with – what they want and need, examples of buildings or rooms they like. The design phase is very interactive. In fact, the entire project is. I’ve helped locate and choose property with some clients. With others, I focused my efforts on design alone. "Some of our clients stop by the studio and chat. They’re interested in seeing what’s going on. I think it’s one of our strengths that people feel comfortable here, and with me and the team."


Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture, 1983
Aga Khan Foundation, Jerusalem studio, 1982
University of California at Los Angeles, BA in Mathematics, 1977


Certificate in Sustainable Design and Green Building, Univ. of Tennessee, Fall 2009
American Institute of Architects, 1988 to present
Boston Society of Architects, 1988 to present
In-house architect for Moore Homes, Inc., Lexington, MA, 1986-88
Visiting architect, Rice Daubney, Sydney, Australia, 1986
Associate, Swain Associates, Cambridge, MA, 1983-86

Professional Experience

Professional Experience
In-house architect for Moore Homes, Inc., 
Lexington, MA, 1986-88
Visiting architect, Rice Daubney, Sydney, Australia, 1986
Associate, Swain Associates, Cambridge, MA, 1983-86

Community Involvement

Chairman, subcommittee on architecture and urban design for the Lexington Center Collaborative, Lexington, MA 2004-05
Member, Trolley Square Committee for the Cambridge Community Development Department, North Cambridge, MA 2001-02
Chairman, Marketing for Residential Firms, 
Boston Society of Architects, 1999-2000

Bill picked up on our tastes and expanded on them, delivering something that was consistent with our ideas. He has worked on three properties for me, and I feel comfortable in each of them; the proportions are right.
— Homeowner, Chatham, MA
We came to Bill with a floor plan for the rooms; we had good ideas but the design was blocky. He opened up the rooms and broke out of the orthogonal by varying the rooflines. Later, we visited Lake Tahoe and saw houses that looked like ours. Bill was able to translate what we wanted.

I enjoy watching the seasons progress from the windows. The house has about 100 windows, because we wanted the natural light.
— Homeowner, Harvard, MA
It was critical to bring in light and color in order to make our offices more welcoming places. Our clients often comment that when they enter a Phelan office they are in no rush to leave.

I trust Bill. I trust his judgment, skill, and experience. I know Bill will weigh all factors, incorporate our preferences, return with options and thoughtfully guide us in our decisions. He accomplishes this in an unbiased manner, which I find critical.
— David Ramsey, Co-Owner, W.T. Phelan Insurance, MA

Good News

Our clients are repeat customers or come to us by referral. We are fortunate that a number of our designs have been recognized by the following organizations and publications.


  • 2015 Prism Award for Best Remodeling/Restoration Between $500,000 and $750,000 from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. Builder: S+H Construction
  • Builders Choice Design and Planning Awards—Special Focus Award for The Dixon Sound Studio Presented by Builder Magazine, 2008
  • 3rd Place award for the Swan Boats Pavilion and Duck House Ideas Competition, 2008


  • Home Additions: Fix Master Boston Magazine Home Spring 2017
  • Design Focus: Add a Little Get a Lot Design New England May/June 2016: pg. 66
  • A kitchen that's both fresh and traditional January 2016
  • Musical Appreciation Design New England July/ August 2008: pg. 48
  • Studio Earns Firm Award Lexington Minute Man, November 20, 2008
  • Dixon Sound Studio Builder Magazine October 2008: pg. 124
  • Designers Float Their Designs Beacon Hill Times December 2008
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni News, 2008
  • Boston Society of Architects Chapter Letter 2008, 2009
  • Stars and Stripes Home Entertainment and Design March 2004: pg. 46 Cover Story.
  • Shipshape Boston Globe Magazine August 5, 2001: pg. 28 Cover Story.


  • THIS OLD HOUSE The Lexington Colonial Winter Season -  Episodes aired early 2015
  • HGTV Bathroom Design Imposters — Episode aired Sept. 2002
  • HGTV Bathroom Design Imposters — Episode aired Sept. 2002


  • Boston Society of Architects Build Boston Exhibit 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Starbucks Lexington, MA November 2009
  • Sovereign Bank Lexington, MA September 2009
  • Flat Black Boston, MA Summer 2009
  • The Architects Building Boston, MA Summer 2009