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.
Originally from California, Naomi received a bachelor of arts in art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Naomi had the opportunity to take a course in architectural visualization, where she developed skills reading, interpreting and visualizing space. Realizing her enthusiasm for architecture extended past architectural history she began pursuing a career in architecture, securing an internship at an architecture firm in Santa Barbara and becoming involved in the Santa Barbara architecture community. In 2011 she moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and work towards her master’s of architecture. Her studies at the University of Washington allowed her to explore her interests in the relationship between culture, landscape and building.
Naomi joined Wittman Estes, after receiving her master’s degree in the fall of 2014. She enjoys her role at Wittman Estes for the chance to be involved in all aspects of the design process and work with a creative and enthusiastic team.
Besides her career at Wittman Estes, she enjoys traveling and loves trying and cooking foods of different cultures.
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 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".