Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Berkeley Heights, NJ, US



Matthew Ross's business cards say such things as drafter, designer, and consultant.

But when you get right down to it, he is much more— researcher, cataloger, compiler, writer and knowledge junkie (ask him anything about art, sociology or philosophy).

Matthew Ross is also a big believer in the power of design.

He believes that interaction of our world is wholly through and by design. We don’t go one second without interacting with something that was designed. Regardless if it is by human or natural methods.

Design has such a momentous effect on our existence that the very nature of our daily lives can be changed, positively or negatively, by one simple design.

And so Matthew Ross strives to implement excellent design. 

He seeks the elusive balance of beautiful execution and subtle harmony. This is why he is seeking an entry level position in lighting design. There is no aspect of design that is fundamentally more important than the design of light interaction in a space. This implementation is a base for all other user interaction in a space and will very quickly decide a user's opinion of that space, whether it be positive or negative.

In his second year of architecture school, Matthew Ross discovered the power of light, particularly at night. He was struck by the wonderment and awe that it created and since then, he has sought to produce lighting design that best displays a given project.


The Buchholz Architectural Group, P.C., Florham Park, NJ, US, Drafter

•Produce architectural documents for review.
•Compile and edit images for use in promotional material.
•Produce promotional material for firm marketing.
•Contact manufacturers for specifications and literature.
•Draft preliminary contracts.
•Conduct meetings with manufacturer's representatives.
•Organize and update office sample and literature library.
•Measure existing site conditions for future projects.
•Manage and update the firm’s social media presence.
•Conduct telephone and electronic communication with clients.
•Produce lighting standards for firm construction documents.

Feb 2016 - current

US Army, Fort Dix, NJ, US, Intelligence Analyst

•Identify and assess potential physical security vulnerabilities.
•Conduct random security checks at high priority locations.
•Validate known intelligence with data from tertiary sources.
•Gather, analyze, correlate, and evaluate raw intelligence.
•Prepare comprehensive written reports, presentations, maps, or charts based on research, collection, and analysis of intelligence data.
•Study the assets of criminal suspects to determine the flow of money from or to targeted groups.
•Design, use, or maintain databases and software applications, such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and artificial intelligence tools.

Jan 2015 - current

SET Architecture, Brooklyn NY, Drafter

•Produced architectural documents for review.
•Contacted manufacturers for specifications.
•Facilitated physical transfer of architectural documents from firm office to expediter office.
•Measured existing site conditions for future projects.

Jul 2012 - Nov 2012


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Bachelors, Architecture, 4 years

Sep 2010 - May 2016

Governor Livingston High Scool, Berkeley Heights, NJ, US, High School, General

Jan 2006 - Jun 2010

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