Matthew Sama

Matthew Sama

Schenectady, NY, US



I am a recent alumnus of the Situated Technologies Research Group (STRG) within the Masters of Architecture program at SUNY Buffalo. Throughout the last six years of my education, my architectural focus has been complemented by my passionate interest in cinematography and constant exploration into the world of CGI. To facilitate these interests, my architectural focus has been coupled with the media studies department, providing me with a unique set of design skills that have the potential to contribute, collaborate and grow in a creative working environment.

My interdisciplinary studies have given me a unique conceptual and technical background ranging from 3D-parametric design modeling, rendering, interactive design, cinematography and programming. I was initially grabbed by the notion of a hybrid architecture, film and graphics career when I was entrusted to deliver a film at an architecture firm that required motion tracking, 3D modeling and video compositing. My passion to combine the arts was further enriched when I enrolled in a cinematography course entitled "movement documentation". I feel in love with the element of film-making and immediately knew it was a medium in which I could combine all of my architectural, artistic and graphic knowledge and skills. My interests in this interdisciplinary background has lead to my recent completion of a thesis entitled "Kinesthetic Interfacing with Architecture", which explores the interactive potentials between the moving body and the built environment. 

I look forward to career that enables me to continue this course and feel my architectural background and passion for digital media and film-making have the capability to provide an imaginative and persistent contribution.


Bonanza Productions - Warner Brothers, New York, NY, US, Art Department PA

Art assistant on the Fox TV pilot 'GUILTY'

Feb 2012 - Apr 2012

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Courses: Intro to Computational Methods and Construction Technology

Aug 2009 - Jun 2011

CannonDesign, Buffalo, NY, US, Intern Architect

Rendering, Physical Modeling, Design, Construction Documents

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Irish Classical Theater - Ron Schwartz, Buffalo, NY, Set Design Assistant

Assisted int the construction, painting, demolition and prop work for the Irish Classical Theatre.

Nov 2009 - Dec 2009

Saratoga Associates, Saratoga Springs, NY, US, Intern Architecture

Rendering, Video Compositing, Motion Tracking, Design, Construction Documents

May 2009 - Aug 2009

Governor's New York State Quadricentennial Office, Albany, NY, US, Portfolio Designer

New York State Hudson River Quadricentennial Documentation

Jul 2009 - Jul 2009


University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Thesis Title: Kinesthetic Interfacing with Architecture
Advisors: Mark Shepard, Teri Rueb, Omar Khan and Jordan Geiger

Aug 2009 - Sep 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2005 - Jun 2009


AIAS Citation Award, Award

Category: Unbuilt
Client: Lafarge North America

Architecture Firm: Cannon Design, Inc.

• Lighting Design - Cannon Design, Inc.

Photographer: Cannon Design, Inc. (Renderings)

Jury Comments: The project demonstrates an inventive approach to celebrating, yet softening, the industrial structure. The vertical factory could be seen as a more sustainable approach to land use, or a detriment to the landscape in terms of views from neighboring areas. Without more context it is impossible to determine the success of the potential project.


Cannon Design Scholarship, Scholarship

3 Month Paid Internship
1 Year Academic Scholarship


SUNY University at Buffalo Scholarship, Scholarship

2 Year Academic Scholarship


Areas of Specialization