Mattaforma is an architectural practice that draws on a parallel project of material and environmental research to conceive of architecture as an actionable medium towards a more equitable planet.


Jean Suh
Founding Principal

Jean was born in Philadelphia, raised in Seoul, and lives in New York City. She is a registered architect in New York and a LEED Accredited Professional. She holds an M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She previously led international projects with Studio Gang and Joel Sanders Architect in New York, and contributed to projects at VSBA in Philadelphia. From the residential towers One Delisle and Mission Rock to single family homes in the Hudson Valley, Jean has built an expertise in managing and delivering complex, award-winning projects through close collaboration with clients, industry leaders and builders to achieve impactful, cost-effective, concept-driven architecture.


Lindsey Wikstrom
Founding Principal

Lindsey was born in Aspen, raised in Tucson, and lives in Princeton. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation leading Core I M.Arch and Advanced IV M.Arch studios. Previously, she contributed to projects with The Living, Studio Gang, ArandaLasch, and Wendell Burnette Architects. She holds a BS in Design from Arizona State University, receiving the Design Excellence Project Award; and an M.Arch from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Charles McKim Prize, Visualization Award, and Avery 6 Award. Lindsey was awarded the SOM Prize for her research on collective forms of housing.



Approach

Shaping the next generation of buildings in our built environment requires an ethical underpinning, a new perspective towards resources. Material choice is one of the greatest levers we have in this regard; it’s the moment we actively eliminate carbon from our palette. It’s when existing or new supply chains are affirmed or denied; which is why we invest in research focusing on contextual technical, historic, and cultural material values.

From high-rise residential towers to small family houses, from a worker's view on the factory floor to the sounds of bamboo chimes above an outdoor classroom, the office is interested in architecture that fosters a connection between people and the rest of the natural world, at any scale. We are dedicated to environments that are welcoming and equitably navigated, where communities feel free to create and build cultural narratives over time.

One of the ways we bring together the many stakeholders in a project and manage the complex stewardship of resources is by integrating data and applying the power of computation. This approach helps us generate a wide range of possibilities that would not otherwise be possible.  We work with clients and experts to jointly imagine opportunities for improving forms of wellness and expanding the types of spaces that we enjoy spending time in. After all, architecture is an investment on behalf of one's mental and physical health, a foundation to grow community, and a gift to future generations.




Publications

100-Year Adaptation Zone
Urban Omnibus, 2021

Immersive Housing Catalog: Projecting New Collective Forms
Faktur 02, 2019

Three Material Stories
Embodied Energy and Design: Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives, 2017


Lectures

Who Builds Your Architecture? Here, There, and Elsewhere
Non-Extractive Architecture by Joseph Grima and Space Caviar
V–A–C Zattere, Venice Biennale, 2021

Pre-projective Materials

Invited by Andres Jaque for Techno-Critical Assemblies
Columbia GSAPP Advanced Architectural Design, 2021

Collaborations: The Secret Lives of Architecture
WBYA?, Invited by Beatriz Colomina
Princeton University, 2020

Drawing on the City
Invited by Tei Carpenter at UT Daniels, 2020

Three Material Stories at Broken Nature Milan Triennale XXII Symposium, 2019

Empathy + Immersion Symposium moderator with invited guests Jessica Brillhart, Steven K Feiner, Keiichi Matsuda, and Frank Rose, 2017

Invitations

Perry World House Architecture, Forced Labor and Urban Migration working group (with WBYA?) by Franca Trubiano
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, 2021

B-Pro Super Crit by Gilles Retsin 
The Bartlett School of Architecture, 2021

Laminate Studio
by Peter MacKeith
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, 2021

Thesis Prep by Vivian Lee and Mason White, Lateral Office
University of Toronto Daniels, 2021

Spaces of Exception: Adaptive Systems / Performative Reciprocity by Lindsay Harkema and Henry Grosman
CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture, 2021

From Private to Commons: A Space to Share by Tatiana Bilbao
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2020

Architectural Primitives: Geometric and Mythological by Emily Mohr
USC School of Architecture, 2020

Fair Trade by New Affiliates
Syracuse Architecture, 2020

MANY by Keller Easterling
Yale School of Architecture, 2019

Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) Foundation Undergraduate Architecture Studio III by Philip Horton and Scott Murff
Arizona State University Design School, 2019


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