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Matthew Bremer

Founder | AIA, NCARB

Matthew Bremer founded Architecture in Formation around the love of making, collaborating, solving complex problems in unconventional ways, and simply leaving the world a better, healthier, happier place, and using design as a tool to tackle problems for those most in need. Matthew is engaged as creative director in each project from start to finish, getting to know each client, each site, each budget, each set of unique problems early on to refine their needs and aspirations, and to find hidden opportunities and latent strategies. Matthew founded Architecture in Formation as a way to celebrate the rich, rigorous, laborious, and messy process of making architecture, and engages each project with a fresh set of eyes. 

Matthew is a native Texan, with deep Hill Country roots tempering his otherwise die-hard New Yorker sensibility. Matthew studied architecture and art history as an undergraduate at Rice and received his Masters of Architecture from Yale, where in addition to architectural design, he continued immersive studies in art & art history, cultural theory and criticism, and got to study under acclaimed set designer Ming Cho Lee at Yale’s Drama School. This all contributes to the unique approach Matthew takes to designing buildings, interiors, and objects. He has taught architecture and been guest juror at architecture schools around the country, and in 2009 was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with the national Young Architects Award. The firm’s work has won multiple local and national awards and been published widely. Matthew has sat on many non-profit boards, and in 2023 is President of the AIA New York at the Center for Architecture. 

Matthew works, plays, and entertains hard between NYC, a 200 year old converted church in the Catskills, and a tiny cottage in Springs, East Hampton, which he shares with his partner Shaun and their two Salukis Noah and Moses. 

Matt’s an extroverted introvert, addicted to travel, beauty, hiking, a good martini, and spicy food. He’s also a LOT taller than he looks on Zoom. 

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