Matt Burgermaster’s work focuses on the advancement of architecture as a unique form of spatial practice and material production that is deeply entangled with cultural concerns and environmental processes. This field of inquiry explores various sites, subjects, and techniques of architectural making that intersect practices of both representation and construction. He is a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow and winner of New Practices New York 2018. Through his design office, MABU, Matt engages in speculative and commissioned projects that re-imagine the constraints of limited resources as design opportunities. This work seeks new forms of creative resourcefulness and critical practice focused on how the re-making of “as found” objects and environments can act as a vehicle to help us collectively and publicly transform traditional notions of change, value, and waste. MABU’s projects have received numerous design awards, including ones from the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Published writings include essays in Architectural Strategies in Contemporary Art: A Strange Utility, Material Evidence, the Journal of Architecture Education, and have been featured at numerous international and national conferences. Matt’s past academic experience includes full-time, part-time, and visiting positions at other universities, where he has taught in foreign studies programs, conducted scholarly research, led industry-sponsored grants, and developed community collaborations.
Theories of Architectural Form (Spring 2020)