Matthew Bunza

Matthew Bunza is a designer and educator who is dedicated to the creation of meaningful environments and unique architectural experience.

In 2014, he founded Metaamo – a process-driven, collaborative design practice working at the intersections of building design, urbanism, landscape, and ecology. Based out of Portland and Hong Kong, Metaamo balances practice and education; east and west; and high-end with high-impact; currently working on projects in the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands; spanning residential, cultural, institutional, health, public interest, hospitality, prefab, AI, and materials research.

He holds an advanced Master of Architecture (M.Arch ADV ‘13) and a Certificate in Urban Design (‘13) from MIT, where he was a Merit Fellow, received the Floyd A. Naramore Scholarship and the Harold Horowitz Research Award, was a finalist for the Rosemary Grimshaw Thesis-Prep Award, and upon graduation won the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and was appointed to the faculty. He earned a B.A. from Portland State University, where he studied Architecture and Environmental Science, and has studied in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, China, and Japan.

Matt has held academic appointments as a Lecturer in Architecture on the faculty at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Visiting Professor at University of Oregon and Wuhan University, and an Adjunct Professor at Marylhurst University. He has lectured at MIT, Columbia University in New York City, the University of Valencia in Spain, the University of Oregon, Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Technology, and Tianjin University in China, and has served as an invited critic on juries at Marylhurst University, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Northeastern University, Harvard University, MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Clemson University, City College of San Francisco, Ohio State University, Wuhan University, and the University of Hong Kong, among others.

Previously, Matt was a designer at Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York City; worked with Patkau Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia; and was a Researcher at MIT focusing on disaster-resilient design in Japan’s Tohoku region. Matt was born in Boston; and grew up in urban Oregon, suburban Arizona, and rural Massachusetts.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Globalization, International Development, International Studies, Landscape Architecture and Natural Systems, Postcolonialism, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design