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TEAM

AMA is a collaboration of international architects, urban designers, graphic designers, artists, programmers and construction experts highly skilled in the provision of integrated professional architecture and urban design services on the frontiers of the built environment. Our Vancouver office is organized around the principles of an open and integrated design workshop where barriers to communication are removed and traditional hierarchies are eliminated. Building on the principles of integrated team environments, AMA’s work places an emphasis on value-added innovation and research & development at all levels of design and project implementation.

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Arno Matis - FOUNDING PRINCIPAL

Principal Arno Matis has extensive experience in designing and delivering architectural and urban design projects for a diverse range of clientele locally and internationally. He holds a graduate degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a first professional degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts and an MBA from Queen’s University. Mr.Matis has taught at the University of Oregon and is a guest critic at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture.

Throughout his career, Arno Matis has continued his emphasis on rigorous research and development, and fosters a spirit of artistic innovation in the application of new technologies, methodologies. His creative influences are drawn from academic underpinnings in architecture, urban design, landscape, contemporary art, culture and philosophy. He is a former senior director of Bing Thom Architects and played an active role in the design and management of numerous award-winning landmark projects including Arena Stage in Washington, Central City in Surrey, and Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver. Under BTA, Mr.Matis led Hotel Georgia through the first rezoning under Vancouver’s Tall Building Policy. Mr. Matis sat on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel, City of Vancouver Planning Commission and currently sits on the UBC Advisory Panel.

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Paul Kibayashi - SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Mr. Kibayashi brings decades of world-class experience including roles at the Office of Frank Gehry in Los Angeles where he worked on wide-range of projects including the Beijing Central Business Park Design in China, the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey Museum in Paris.

Mr. Kibayashi holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from Carleton University, a Graduate Degree in Architecture from McGill University, and is fluent in English, Japanese and Korean. Paul is a vital executor of excellence in management and design leadership at AMA.

Alan Hung - ASSOCIATE

Mr. Hung worked at prestigious firms Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna, UNStudio in Shanghai, and XTEN Architecture in Los Angeles before joining Arno Matis Architecture. His breadth of experience covers a wide-range of project typologies including Barry Residential complex in Los Angeles, Zhongshan Marina in Zhongshan, China, Soho Sipinglu and Soho Cao Jiadu in Shanghai.

Mr. Hung holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ryerson Polytechnic University, a Graduate Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Taiwanese and Cantonese. Mr. Hung is instrumental in AMA’s delivery of innovative and purposeful design.

Philosophy

We believe that contemporary forces of globalization and fragmented specialization demand new responses to the shaping of human environments. AMA’s interest in design integration engages projects in the typically unexplored hybrid space between architecture, urban planning, and landscape; working within the disciplines and blurring the lines between them.

Each AMA project is an archetype of the unique characteristics of site, its social, cultural, economic and ecological context, and the unique skills and personalities of its stakeholders. AMA is rooted in a rigorous approach to professional practice and implementation at all project phases. We are committed to sustainability in its broadest definition. Projects are continually tested in real-time against established benchmarks. We strive for responsive and balanced design solutions beyond the utopian that serve the present and point to an unimaginably exciting future.