Matt Wittman and Jody Estes

Matt Wittman and Jody Estes

Matt Wittman, AIA leed ap

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.

His work has been exhibited in San Francisco at the LAB Gallery and the  AIA SF, at the Seattle Architecture Foundation, and published in London based MADE magazine. Prior to founding Wittman Estes, Matt was an architect in the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

Working in California and Latin America, Matt was inspired by the clean simplicity of courtyard houses, where abundant windows and open floor plans expand interior spaces and bring the outdoors in. 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.

He is a licensed architect in the State of Washington, and a LEED accredited professional.


jody estes

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.


ashton wesely, LEED AP

ASSOCIATE

Ashton is a Project Manager and Associate at Wittman Estes, and has completed multiple high end houses including Hood Canal Residence, Clyde Hill Residence, and 7 Gardens in Pullman, WA.

Ashton is a Nebraska native, where she gained an early appreciation for rural landscapes. She was awarded a Regents Scholarship at the University of Nebraska for her bachelor's degree in architectural studies.

While pursuing her Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon, she focused on Ecological Design and received an AIA Northwest and Pacific Honor award for exploring the material capabilities of cross-laminated timber. Ashton is a LEED accredited professional. 

At Wittman Estes, Ashton is happily pursuing her interest in ecological design, beauty, and materiality. She can often be found outdoors with her beautiful White Shepherd "Klaus".

 

 


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FAITH SWICKARD

DESIGNER

Faith received her dual Masters in Architecture and Interior Architecture from University of Oregon, and her Bachelors of Urban Planning & Design from UC San Diego. Her research background focused on rooftop gardens as community spaces.

Faith’s design work is inspired by Luis Barragan's "Emotional Architecture", believing that cold functionalism should be replaced with culturally, physically, and program oriented spaces. She maintains that public spaces and buildings should be created from the needs of the human psyche as much as from the local ecology.

At Wittman Estes, Faith is working on residential, commercial, and interior design projects—focusing on humane modernism on a range of scales from intimate interiors to large apartment buildings.

Before joining Wittman Estes, Faith worked for the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle.


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JULIA FROST

DESIGNER

Originally from Chicago, Julia migrated northwest to pursue a dual degree Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. Drawn to the northwest by its natural beauty and leadership in environmental design, her design sensibilities reflect modern simplicity and critical regionalism.

At U of O, Julia directed two ecological design conferences and was a design media instructor. She was the editorial board coordinator for Kitsma Journal, and her landscape studies in Kyoto influenced her taste for material expression and transitory spaces. Prior to joining Wittman Estes, Julia worked at AldayJover Arquitectura y Paisaje in Barcelona.

At Wittman Estes’ interdisciplinary design practice, Julia is a designer for both architecture and landscape projects. She continues to be fascinated by the environmental, social, and expressive impacts of holistic design.