We Are

Friends since childhood, builder Lucas Robertson and architect Tim Pingree founded Shake in 2017 to marry their parallel disciplines into a seamless, holistic approach to design and construction.

We strive to create projects that are carefully designed and built to exceed owners’ expectations, and that contribute positively to the surrounding community and greater environment. The foundation of our approach is a deep respect for context – both regional and historic – which we look to constantly as we grapple with project goals and constraints. We believe in design and craftsmanship that is distinctly modern yet rooted in this appreciation of context. We are passionate about creating spaces that will be used, cherished, and therefore preserved for generations.


Lucas Robertson

Lucas Robertson of Shake Architecture and ConstructionLucas Robertson is a licensed contractor with 15 years building experience. A Dartmouth College graduate, he studied further at Yestermorrow Design Build School, worked as a framer and finish carpenter for West Coast GBC in California and then for Geobarns LLC throughout New England. Through Robertson Design Build, founded in 2010, he has served residential, retail and hospitality clients throughout New England and has increasingly collaborated with Tim on projects.

Lucas oversees Shake’s project construction and coordination while personally leading many of the critical aspects of each project from framing to finish carpentry. His commitment to craftsmanship is matched by his belief that each decision made in the process of creating a space must be rooted in a respect for resources, intended use, and surrounding context.

Lucas Robertson’s CV

Tim Pingree

Timothy Pingree Shake Architecture and ConstructionTim Pingree is a licensed architect with a diverse educational and professional background within the industry. A 2006 graduate of Williams College, Tim earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013. In addition to working for builders and fabricators, Tim’s professional experience includes positions at William Duff Architects in San Francisco and Anmahian Winton Architects in Cambridge. Most recently, Tim worked for over three years at William Rawn Associates in Boston, playing key roles in the design and construction administration of an auditorium and conference center at Stanford University and the King Open & Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex in Cambridge, MA.

Tim leads Shake’s design process from concept through construction documents, as well as construction administration. Guided by his past educational and professional experiences, Tim has developed an approach that invariably begins by actively listening to clients and processing their needs and goals through a rigorous examination of project constraints and context. He believes passionately that a successful project is the product of collaboration, and therefore the expertise of all trades and consultants is considered essential from the earliest stages of design.

Tim Pingree’s CV