Listed for two consecutive years as a top 40 leading global design firm for the 21st century, cited as: “Outstanding, forward-thinking people and organizations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” - World Architecture News
AMA features an internationally-experienced team, experts highly skilled in the provision of integrated architecture and urban design on the frontiers of the built environment. Our team members have worked at prestigious firms such as Frank Gehry, OMA, Coop Himmelb(l)au, UNStudio, Sou Fujimoto and Kengo Kuma. We provide service in 8 languages.
Our offices are organized around the principles of an open and integrated design workshop where barriers to communication are removed. 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.
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 and a Masters in Business Administration 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.
Alasdair - SR. ARCHITECT
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Alasdair is a veteran architect who has been helping to shape the Vancouver skyline since 1974. He’s managed more than $1 billion in construction projects, ranging from residential and commercial to industrial and institutional, and brings experience from Howard Bingham Hill, James Hancock and Bryce Rositch Architects.
A registered architect in both British Columbia and the United Kingdom, Alasdair holds a Diploma of Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Edinburgh University. Mr. Hamilton plays a crucial role at AMA as team mentor, using his decades of industry experience and extensive knowledge of building codes to help see projects through from conception to finish.
Anton - PROJECT DESIGN MANAGER
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Anton’s specialty is bringing ideas to life through his building designs. A skilled conceptual artist, his experience includes a role at CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, where his projects involved assisting in the design of a sports arena, a private school and a winery.
Anton is fluent in Russian and holds a Diploma in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology from BCIT, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Design of Architectural Environment, from Far Eastern Federal University.
Anton‘s artistic excellence and eye for proportion is a key component in AMA’s innovative approach to design.
Chee - ASSOCIATE
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Chee brings elite-level knowledge and experience in global contemporary architecture to Arno Matis Architecture. He has worked in the offices of OMA, Sou Fujimoto, Henning Larsen and Kengo Kuma, where he developed construction details for the firm’s Shanghai SOHO project.
Chee is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University and a Diploma of Fine Arts from the College Champlain, St. Lambert.
Chee’s precision in architectural drawing and construction details is an integral part of AMA’s contemporary designs.
Christie - GRAPHICS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
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Christie holds a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. She worked first as a Graphic Designer at SFU, to later freelance in the field. As a freelancer, Christie’s focus was on the design of digital and physical Real Estate marketing materials, including showrooms. She also designed GUIs for websites, touchscreens, mobile apps and custom integrated interactive technology. Her client list ranged from Ritz Carlton to BC Hydro.
Before formally joining AMA 6 years ago, Christie worked on the web, touchscreens and graphics for AMA and its Aperture and South Creek Landing projects. Her expertise ensures the quality control of all AMA graphic materials, web presence, marketing and communications.
Don - SR. ARCHITECT
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As a LEED AP BD+C certified AIBC Architect, Don has participated in the built environment since the mid-90’s. He holds a Master of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal and Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa. Don has a been a team member and Architect at the distinguished firms; Henriquez Partners, Openspace Architecture, and Russell Hollingsworth Architect.
Don enjoys being part of a collective that understands design is a revelatory act given to a human imagination seeking to better understand the mystery of our human condition. In this sense, he sees every project as a novel opportunity tied to some hard work but also the elation of finding something unknown and mysterious.
Don is fluent in English and French and his extensive background has deepened his understanding, approach and skillset as an Architect.
Hong - PROJECT DESIGN MANAGER
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Hong worked at Space Group, MIN Architects in Seoul and at the Research Institute of Seoul Studies, where he focused on UNESCO World Heritage Registration for Seoul’s Historic Wall.
Hong’s work has been recognized with awards from the International Student Tall Building Design Competition and Korean Architectural Remodeling Competition. He is fluent in Korean, holds a first professional degree in Architecture from the University of Seoul.
Hong’s blend of technical expertise and a uniquely refined eye for detail are a driving force behind AMA’s designs.
Janet - Accounting + Office Manager
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Janet is an accomplished executive assistant and office manager with nearly a decade of experience working in areas such as accounting and bookkeeping, payroll, marketing analysis, event planning and crafting business correspondence. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and speaks English and Mandarin.
Janet has experience in an array of diverse professional positions, including roles as an executive assistant, an assistant controller and accounting in Vancouver and Shanghai.
Her excellent organization, professionalism and high-energy is a key ingredient in helping the AMA office running efficiently.
Jasmine - PROJECT MANAGER
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Jasmine graduated among the top of her class with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. She has further honed her skills as an intern at Dialog Architects and Rockliff Pierzchajlo Architects & Planners LTD.
Her work has won multiples awards, including the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture Graduate Award, the University of British Columbia’s Academic Merit Award, and the James Cheng Design Prize.
Jasmine’s consistent drive for excellence and design strength is reflected in each part of project she undertakes.
Jisoo - INT ARCHITECT
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An Intern Architect with a keen graphic interest, Jisoo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from Parsons The New School for Design in New York and a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. She has also studied at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.
Jisoo has a range of experience working on multi-family residential and hotel projects, preparing architectural documents from concept through to construction as an Intern Architect at Wilson Chang Architect Inc.
In the past she has worked abroad in architecture and graphic design for firms such as KISCA and ARCHIPLAN in Seoul, Korea, and MTREE in Mombasa, Kenya. Jisoo is fluent in both English and Korean. A kind spirit with an eye for clean drawing and design, Jisoo approaches each task with precision and excellence.
Juan - PROJECT MANAGER
Juan is an award-winning architect with global project experience. Juan has worked as an Architectural Associate and Senior Architect at WOW Architects in Singapore, Senior Architect at MAD Architects in Beijing and Architectural Designer at Daniel Bonilla architects in Bogotá.
Highlights of his experience include Project and Design Architect on the Conrad Hotel Manila, Philippines, Hyatt Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, Victory Valley residential in Gurgaon, India and Priva residence in Dubai, UAE. Juan has participated in international architecture competitions, awarded with first prize in projects like Pushkinsky theater in Moscow, Russia, Intercontinental hotel in Suzhou, China, and Panchkula residential in Chandigart, India.
Juan has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the National University of Colombia with a large experience in architectural design, project coordination and specialized software.
Karim - PROJECT MANAGER
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Karim holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture Sint-Lucas, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. A skilled technical thinker with broad knowledge of engineering principles, Karim brings strong competences in design, technical drafting and visualization to AMA.
His extensive global experience includes Thibodeau Architecture in Vancouver, Atsushi Kitagawara Architects in Japan, Studiebureau Arrow and Lava Architects in Belgium and UN Studio in the Netherlands.
Karim’s diverse technical knowledgebase in 2D and 3D programs is an asset to our firm. He is fluent in Dutch, French and English.
Paul - SR. ASSOCIATE
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Paul 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.
Paul 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.
Sebastian - PROJECT MANAGER
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Sebastian brings a breadth of international architectural experience to AMA, ranging from Batteríið Architects in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland to Sturgess Architecture in Calgary, Alberta. Before joining Arno Matis Architecture, Sebastian was a project manager at Proscenium Architecture & Interiors Inc., overseeing a 9,000 square-foot renovation at Langara College’s Campus.
Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. He speaks German, having received Sprachdiplom from the Concordia German Language School. Career highlights include architectural studies in Italy, and being commissioned to build a presentation model for Google’s Canadian Headquarter.
Sebastian provides AMA with a rare skillset: an aptitude for design and an eye for precision, which is what makes him a high-performing project manager.
Simon - ASSOCIATE
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Simon started his architectural career in Tokyo working at esteemed firms Yoshimura Yoshitaka, Sou Fujimoto, and Sinato where he worked on a wide-range of projects including museum exhibitions in Rome, apartment renovations in Tokyo, commercial interiors in Hong Kong and Singapore and the renovation of Shinjuku Station’s New South Entrance.
Simon holds a bachelor of English Literature and Graduate Degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is fluent in English and Japanese. Simon brings a mastery of building efficiency and attention to detail essential to AMA’s delivery of iconic, feasible design.
Siqin - INT. ARCHITECT
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Having a fresh visual eye and a masterful skillset in 3D modeling, Siqin holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Harbin Institute of Technology in China and a Master of Urban Design from University of Toronto. She has collaborated in research, modeling, and graphics at Shenyang Urban Planning Design & Research Institute, Gensler Shanghai (China Office), Shanghai Janaki Architecture Design Institute and Northeast Architecture Design Institute. Siqin is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Siqin’s unique academic background allows her to work proficiently in the field of both Urban Design and Architecture. She has won the Academic Year Award from University of Toronto 2015, and the Outstanding Prize for Autodesk Revit Cup 2013 National Student Competition in Sustainable Architectural Design and continues to excel in her field of expertise.
Will - INT. ARCHITECT
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Will is a systematic thinker who brings flow and rhythm to building designs. He previously worked in local and international firms in Hong Kong and has a comprehensive experience on various roles and projects, from multi-family residential, mixed-used high-rises, to columbarium, and experimental ZCB bamboo pavilion.
Will holds a Master of Architecture from McGill University and a Bachelor of Social Science in Architectural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. His versatile skillset along with his international experience make him a valuable contributor to AMA.
Yan - PROJECT MANAGER
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Before joining AMA, Yan worked at AFJD Studio on mycelium bio-composite projects as designer and researcher, and AA Robins Architect on several residential and commercial projects.
Yan holds a Master in Architecture and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia, along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge.During his studies, he received the Roloff Beny Foundation Photographic Award in Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge and 2nd place honors in 2015 in a THINK public SPACE architectural competition in Croatia. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Yan is an all-around team player for AMA, bringing focus, ambition and enthusiasm to every project he works on.
Zhifan - INT ARCHITECT
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Zhifan holds a professional Masters Degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Liverpool. She brings vast internship experience from working in China, including positions at KPF and a small boutique studio. She is well versed in 3D model design, concept design, graphic design and revising construction drawings.
Fluent in English and Mandarin, Zhifan has worked on design teams for several prominent projects in Shanghai, including the Qiantan Center, a 56-story skyscraper, and the Crystal Plaza, a 3.2 million square-foot mixed-use development.
Zhifan approaches each task with an eye for detail and a meticulous work ethic.
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.