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RUHL STUDIO Architects

Watertown, MA

Licensed AIA Architect in Massachusetts

About RUHL STUDIO Architects

We create warm, modern architecture—tailored to the unique circumstances of our clients and their sites and delivered with exceptional attention to detail—for a lifetime of enjoyment. Natural materials, expressive forms, and meticulous attention to light and views have been at the core of our practice and are manifest in our projects regardless of their context. We are passionate about finding the ideal balance between artful design and functionality. We look forward to bringing the joy and excitement of innovative modern architectural design to your home.

Header image courtesy: Chris Becker
Bottom images (L-R) courtesy: Nat Rea, Tony Luong, Tony Luong

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"Will and his team are incredibly talented, smart, and the nicest people that you could hope to work with on a long-term project. Older homes are usually full of surprises, and mine did not disappoint, but Will and team created viable solutions for issues that seemed nearly impossible to overcome. I was in awe of their collective problem-solving capability! I also relied heavily on the firm's terrific interior design "chops". They sourced stunning selections of beautifully designed products accompanied by detailed specs, pricing, and floor plans. Will also kept a vigilant eye on the budget throughout the project, a gesture that I truly appreciated. The end result: a superb renovation that completely exceeded my expectations, and is a joy to live in!"
Tudor Modern in Newton (MA)

"While searching for an architectural firm to work with on the redesign and addition to our ocean front home, my husband and I came across Ruhl Studio's site - and we are very glad that we did! Will and his team were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Being very opinionated and vocal clients, Will and team took our ideas and our "wants" in stride and incorporated them with their architectural expertise to create our dream home. They did an incredible job providing us with the open floor plan and multiple entertaining spaces that we wanted, while making sure to capture the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from almost every room with large, oversized windows and doors. A complete joy to work with them and we look forward to another design adventure in the future!!"
Black Rock Beach House in Cohasset (MA)

"We hired Will and his team as we felt an immediate click with Will Ruhl and Sandra Jahnes (and later on with Stacy Krieg when she joined the team). We needed an architect to help us to completely overhaul and renovate our historic house (from 1857) in Cambridge. While respecting the requests of the Historical Commission for the exterior of the house, we wanted our architects to help us to get the inside up to the 21st century and to create a contemporary home. It was a massive project (it took over a year) but the end result is absolutely fantastic. Will and Sandra helped us step by step, including discussing and 'defending' our project in front of the Historical commission during 2 of their monthly meetings. The project was complicated as the whole foundation of the house needed to be renewed (while being attached to another house). This was the most challenging part of the project and it took about 5 months but Sandra and Will worked very patiently with the contractor and engineers to get this to a good end. After the foundation was renewed all systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical - the whole lot) had to be renewed. All floors had to be renewed and most walls and ceilings as well. We also moved the kitchen from the back of the house to the front (and they helped us with EVERY detail !!) and they also designed a new powder room and the most fantastic deck. Will, Sandra, and Stacy are extremely knowledgeable (and very kind !), they helped us tremendously to keep an excellent overview of the project and at the same time, they focused on the very detail. They always were there for us if needed, they stayed calm (when we were panicking), they were very responsive, and they were on our side to discuss each step with the contractor. As we had to manage the project from a far distance for the first 9 months we still felt very comfortable with Will and Sandra on our side as they were our eyes and ears. They have a very transparent system of invoicing and were constantly making an effort to keep the cost as low as possible. We can highly, highly recommend them. Give them a call !!."
Contemporary Victorian in Cambridge (MA)

BSA Design Awards

1 01 Rudolph House Tony Luong
2020 Residential Design | Award Rudolph House Photo: Tony Luong
Gap Cove House 01
2019 Accessible Design | Honor Award 2019 Housing Design | Citation Gap Cove House Photo: Michael Graydon

Services and Experience


2019: Copper Awards - Winner - New Construction 2019: Copper Awards - Winner - New Construction

2018: AZ Awards - Merit Award - Environmental Leadership 2018: AZ Awards - Merit Award - Environmental Leadership

2017: AIA / New England Design Awards - Citation - Residential
American Institute of Architects, 2017: AIA New England Design Awards

Mid Size (6-15 Architects)
Locations Served:
Cape Cod/Islands
Greater Boston
Metro West
New Hampshire
North Shore
Rhode Island
South Shore
Practice Areas:
Commercial Space
Green / Sustainable Building
Style Focus:
ADU (Accessible Dwelling Unit/Mother-in-Law Apartment)
Bidding & Negotiation
Building Design / Renovation
Code Analysis
Construction Documents
Design Development
Existing Conditions Evaluation
Floor Plans
Home Addition
Schematic Design
Site Planning
Space Planning
Technical Drawings (Blueprints)
Project Experience:
Custom Homes
Exterior Details
Interior Details
New Construction