As both an architect and sculptural artist, Joe Hemes applies a multi-dimensional perspective to design creative and inviting spaces.
Joe received a Masters of Architecture at Montana State University and studied craft at Haystack Mountain School in his home state of Maine, where he has been widely exhibited. He has earned awards as a LEED architect, photographer and sculptor. Joe has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts/Maine Arts Commission and a Haystack Fellowship.
As an architect, Joe concentrates on the creative use of materials, daylight, passive solar and renewable energy to design sustainable buildings and engaging public spaces. He has designed schools, museums, commercial/retail and residential projects throughout Maine, New England, and beyond. Joe’s design process emphasizes clearly understanding the wishes of the client, creatively thinking through how spaces are utilized and enjoyed, and delivering memorable buildings on budget.
As an artist, Joe focuses on the manipulation of light to create a mystical experience. His illuminated sculptures cast shadows, project color, and weave projected bulb filaments into a tapestry of light. He has regularly shown work in galleries around the state, with large-scale installations commissioned for schools, lobbies, event spaces, markets and private residences.