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Matt is the founding principal of Wittman Estes, and received his Master of Architecture in 2003 from UC Berkeley, where he was awarded the Gerson Prize for Design Excellence, and taught architecture and design studios.
He is best known for innovative housing — single-family to multi-family — that provides a rich experience and is in tune with the natural environment. Matt is a recognized industry thought leader — his work has has been published widely, and won international, national and local design recognition, including the 2021 AIA National Housing award.
His work continues the modernist tradition of integration with nature and doing more with less. Matt is currently a visiting critic at the University of Oregon and University of Washington Departments of Architecture.
Matt is a licensed architect in Washington, California, and Idaho, and a LEED accredited professional.
Born and raised on Vashon Island, Jody received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington in 1999, and her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley in 2003. She studied in the doctoral program for Architectural History, with a focus on mid-century modern housing and landscapes.
Prior to founding Wittman Estes, Jody was a landscape designer at Scot Eckley, Inc., where she designed numerous award winning residential and multi-family landscapes in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Her work is focused on creating outdoor spaces that are experientially rich and have a feeling of intimacy within a simple modern layout.
Jody is a keen observer of social and natural phenomena, an avid gardener, and an expert in the native flora and fauna of the Puget Sound ecosystem.
Wittman Estes came from the realization that in our cities and surroundings, buildings and landscapes were being designed as separate entities. The rapid densification of American cities and the climate crisis were at the forefront of people’s minds, but the way buildings were designed was stuck in the past. Modern housing, despite its ambition to elevate the quality of life, was too often internalized and object focused, and in sharp contrast to people’s love of nature and a lifestyle that valued a connection to the outdoors.
We set out to offer clients an integrated design process, foregrounding sustainability, smooth thresholds between inside and outside, a richness of natural materials, and most importantly, how people live in and experience the built spaces they inhabit.
We are a dedicated team of architects and designers focused on bringing your project from concept through finished construction and lived reality. We have built a collaborative community of allied professionals to design, permit, and build projects with the goal of bringing the highest quality finished product for the least cost and fastest timeline.
Wittman Estes is an innovation leader in prefab architecture, with completed projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and New York, and have been published widely including Dwell, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Gardenista, and Luxe. Our work has been featured in galleries and exhibits in Seattle and San Francisco and is recognized for national and international awards including the 2021 AIA National Housing Award.