BETTER IN TEXAS
BY: JEN LEVISEN, EDITOR AT THE FORUM
When a firm’s design work is based on the belief that each project should be driven by the end user, the site, and functional requirements —rather than a singular, preconceived aesthetic – you’re in for a treat, a true representation of the firms’ skill, the clients’ desires, and the natural environment.
Matt Fajkus Architecture, often referred to as MF Architecture, is an award-winning, licensed architecture and interior architecture firm based in Austin, Texas. Established in 2010, the team utilizes sustainable design principles, including energy-efficient strategies, passive daylighting, and intelligent material choices to promote healthy indoor air quality, to the benefit of both their commercial and residential projects.
“The office believes that the current sustainability-driven era is the most all-encompassing movement since Modernism, as it reaches to all scales of design including lifestyle choices,” according to the firm’s website.
The 12-person firm is led by Matt Fajkus, AIA, who is also a Tenured Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. In 2013, he was awarded the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award — the highest teaching honor awarded by the entire school system.
They describe themselves as a young and energetic collaborative, “The firm is simultaneously an academic think tank, directly connected to theoretical and technological research at the university, while also practicing as a professional office deeply focused on realizing exceptional buildings.”
Fajkus holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and under his leadership, the firm has grown to prominence within architectural discipline and beyond in a few short years, consistently making strong and positive impacts on the field of architecture at the local, regional, and national scale.
The firm was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2014, and 2012 AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibit at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and has received multiple design awards for various projects including a National AIA Design Award, a National AIA Small Project Award, four Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards, a Spark Space International Silver Award, the AIA Austin Design Award, and an international Blueprint Awards commendation.
MF Architecture’s designs, research and writings have been published extensively, including Architectural Record, Texas Architect, The Wall Street Journal, and Dezeen. Fajkus also co-authored a book titled Architectural Science and the Sun.
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MF Architecture portfolio.
WESTLAKE DERMATOLOGY MARBLE FALLS
LOCATION: MARBLE FALLS, TEXAS
Project Manager: Jayson Kabala, Ian M. Ellis
Design Team: Matt Fajkus, Jayson Kabala, Ian M. Ellis, David Birt
Photography: Charles Davis Smith, FAIA
Awards: AIA National Healthcare Design Award, 2019; International Design Competition Archimarathon, 2019; Urban Land Institute Impact Award Finalist, 2018
LOCATION: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Project Manager: Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston
Design Team: Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston, Sarah Johnson, Jayson Kabala, Matt Fajkus
Photography: Hua Liu and Rachel Deng, Charles David Smith, FAIA
ALIVE + WELL AUSTIN
LOCATION: BEE CAVE, TEXAS
Project Manager: Ian Ellis
Design Team: Kendall Claus, Ian Ellis, Matt Fajkus
Photography: Chase Daniel