peter matthews, NCARB, LEED AP

peter matthews, NCARB, LEED AP

Portland, OR, US



I am a Registered Architect in CA and certified by NCARB.  I have 10 years of experience working on a wide range of projects, from residential and retail interiors to small commercial and resort development.  I cut my teeth as an Architect and gained registration during 7 years of practice in Los Angeles, where I was a Project Architect on several prefabricated modern homes, some affordable and some high-end.  I was able to see 3 projects through from Schematic Design to Certificate of Occupancy in this time, as well as collaborate on many others in-house.  I am also a LEED Accredited Professional (Homes) and very familiar with the relative sustainability guidelines and implementation methods as well as the certification process.  Most recently I have lived and worked in Quito, Ecuador under contract to manage and produce DD and CD sets for client review/approval and permitting on a large sustainable resort complex to start construction along the coast this Spring.  

Throughout my education and professional training I have always sought experience in the full array of design and construction aspects as they relate to an Eco-conscious built environment.  As an Architect I feel it is my responsibility to familiarize myself with every scope of work to be able to successfully deliver an integral project that meets the clients needs and budget and is environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing.      


L+A Arquitectos, Quito, EC, Project Architect

-Design and Project Management of 28 apartment, 6 house development in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
-Project Lead and team coordination on Schematic Design, Design Documents and Construction Documents
-Coordination of Engineering Design Documents and project implementation
-Integration and coordination of project team members, including Interior Design, Contractor, and in-house staff
-Management of project schedule and deadlines
-Client communication, presentations
-Design, detailing and development drawings for several other in-house projects

Sep 2013 - Jan 2015

LivingHomes, Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Architect

-Completion of 3 custom prefabricated homes from SD to Certificate of Occupancy
-Project Architect with responsible control over 2 of the aforementioned homes
-Management of project teams, fabricators, engineers, vendors, sub-contractors and project schedules
-Scheduled site visits to review progress and quality of work completed
-Coordination of city submittals for permitting, review and execution of plan check corrections
-LEED project registration, management of checklist items during design and construction, project completion
-Client communication, presentations, and scheduled reviews/meetings
-Task tracking and management of all in-house projects with Project Architects and CFO
-Project manager of pricing research project and database
-Interview, hire, and manage interns and junior staff

Mar 2008 - Jan 2013

Commune Design Office, West Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Architect

-Junior Project Architect on gut-rehab project for a 1920’s home in Hollywood.
-Junior Project Architect for design and construction on Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA
-Designer for Splits:59 retail shop in West LA.
-Design and develop concepts and design options for residential and interior clientele
-Concept renderings and sketches
-Material research and product sourcing
-Residential code research
-Develop graphics for interior projects

Jun 2006 - Mar 2008

Graft Inc, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

-Project Designer, assistant to Project Architects
-Concept development and 3D modelling
-Design development drawings in CAD

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005


Aug 2003 - Jan 2006

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design - Architecture

Aug 1998 - May 2002


Solar Decathlon, 1st Place

Worked with a team of CU Architecture and Engineering students to design and build an 800 sq. ft. zero energy home to be transported and installed in Washington D.C. and compete in 10 different categories of design as it relates to energy efficiency. The team took first place in Comfort Zone, Energy Balance, and Graphics & Communication as well as overall points earned for the different events.


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