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.


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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".

 

 


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JEN SUTHERLAND

Jen returned to her Seattle roots after a 12-year sojourn in Southern California. The pursuit of sunshine and a photography degree initially took Jen to Los Angeles.  Her interests expanded into the built environment and she acquired her Bachelor's of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, where was awarded the AIA Certificate of Merit.

Prior to joining Wittman Estes, Jen worked for Dub Studios in Santa Monica and Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles on high-end residences and commercial projects. Her combined background in photography and architecture has kindled a rigorous passion for line, shadow, and material expression.

Having grown up building forts in the woods of the Pacific Northwest and later immersed in the courtyard architecture of California modernism, Jen is happily exploring the dynamics between building and landscape.

Jen’s free time is devoted to scribbling designs for as-of-yet unrealized architectural works and building furniture on her self-built CNC router.

 

   


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NATE RUSSELL

Nate received a Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University, where he won the Alpha Rho Chi award for leadership and design excellence.  He completed two built projects before he graduated.  His built and conceptual work have been published nationally.

At Syracuse, Nate worked with Jimenez Lai, Neil Denari, David Ruy, and other contemporary thinkers in architectural theory.  He collaborated with Michael Speaks and other academic theorists on speculative realism – the findings of which will be published in a forthcoming book.

Prior to joining Wittman Estes, Nate worked in New York on academic institutions and public works.

Nate is focused both on the conceptual and practical dimensions of practice, giving him a unique perspective on contemporary architecture.  His ambitions are to bring alternative form-making techniques and stereotomic thinking to the Northwest architectural scene.

 


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MARIANA GUTHEIM

Mariana is an interdisciplinary architect and artist. Combining architectural abstractions, light, and technical drawings, Mariana’s work develops site-specific interventions formulated as a direct response to the perceptual qualities, spatial characteristics and surrounding influences of a certain site or location.

From 2011 to 2014 she was part of Coco Chalet Architecture Studio, a Buenos Aires-based architectural practice she co-founded in 2011 with Andrea Kuczer. The studio focuses on various projects in the fields of architecture, interior and furniture design from conceptualization to execution.

Mariana earned her architecture degree at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism from the University of Buenos Aires in 2011. In 2008 she traveled to Paris where she was a visiting student at the Villette School of Architecture and at Paris VIII.

Mariana received her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.  Her international and interdisciplinary education path is reflected in her work and in her capacity for designing, thinking and conceptualizing through different perspectives, processes and points of view.

Prior to joining Wittman Estes, Mariana worked for Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle.