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.
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 and project managed 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 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. During a summer exploring the Galapagos Islands with Landscape Architects, she became passionate about the interconnectivity between buildings and landscapes.
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.
Ashton joined Wittman Estes and is happily pursuing her interest in ecological design, beauty and materiality. She can often be found outdoors with her beautiful White Shepherd "Klaus".
A native Texan, Tristan received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he gained his appreciation for landscape and the poetics of building. He pursued design/build studios and worked under woodworkers and fabricators to develop the design sensibility that comes with building, the "hand thinking." Tristan is interested in humans, our instincts and culture, and design's ability to speak to us through these channels.
After graduating, Tristan moved to Brooklyn and worked for a creative agency designing temporary installations. He then moved out to Seattle to join Wittman Estes and return to nature. With Wittman Estes, he is excited to hone his understanding of space and the craft of architecture.