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AMA strives for responsive designs which serve the present yet anticipate an incredibly exciting future

 

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-recruited team, experts highly skilled in the provision of integrated architecture and urban design on the frontiers of the built environment.


Each AMA project is an archetype of the unique characteristics of the project 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. We strive for responsive and balanced design solutions beyond the utopian that serve the present yet point to an unimaginably exciting future.

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.


RESPONSIVE DESIGN

AMA believes that forces of globalization and market differentiation have created a fractured profession, resulting in unbalanced architecture: singularly focused on a value driver at the expense of all others. AMA’s ‘responsive architecture’ is a humanistic design paradigm focused on holistic, balanced and responsive solutions for complex architectural and urban design problems. Design themes are mapped and constraints are explored through questioning, analysis and computational design methods, resulting in forward-looking, innovative design solutions that are unexpected and unique; specific to place, environment, cultural and economic context. Through ‘responsive design’, self-consciousness and intuition is replaced by fully-informed, collective and value-focused architecture.

AWARDS

2019 WL DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR
Arthur Erickson Emerging Architect Award Finalist >

INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARD 2018
Best Architecture Multi-Res for the Americas >

DEZEEN AWARDS 2018
Housing Longlist >

AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE 2017
Honourable Mention (Aperture) >

RADICAL INNOVATION HOTEL AWARD 2017
2nd Runner-Up, Vertical Micro-Climate Resort >

2017 WL DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR
Arthur Erickson Emerging Architect Award Finalist >

2016 WL DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR
Arthur Erickson Emerging Architect Award Finalist >

AIBC SPECIAL JURY AWARD (2211 CAMBIE) 2016
Winner for Contextual Innovation >

BEST MID/HIGHRISE VANCOUVER GEORGIE 2016 - WINNER (2211 CAMBIE)

21 FIRMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY 2015 (AMA)
Longlist - World Architecture News

21 FIRMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY 2014 (AMA)
Longlist - World Architecture News

 

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.

Throughout his career, Arno Matis has continued his emphasis on rigorous research and development, fostering the spirit of artistic innovation in the application of new technologies and 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 and the Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver. Under BTA, Mr.Matis led Hotel Georgia through the first rezoning under Vancouver’s Tall Building Policy.

EDUCATION

1993 – 1995 Master of Design Studies;
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston, MA
1986 – 1991 Bachelor of Architecture (hons);
University of Oregon School of Architecture, OR
1998- 2000 Master of Business Administration;
Queens University School of Business, Kingston, ON
1999 Certificate in Finance;
London School of Economics, London, UK

ADVISORY BOARDS

2009-2013  City of Vancouver Planning Commission
2012-2016  City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel
2016- 2017  University of British Columbia Design Panel
2017- 2018  UBC Design Panel Chair
2019- 2021  West Vancouver’s Design Review Committee

MEMBER

AIA American Institute of Architecture;
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada;
Architectural Institute of British Columbia;
Urban Land Institute British Columbia;