• 2018 Architect 50
    November 2018

    2018 Architect 50

    Studio Ma Inc., the award-winning architectural and environmental design firm, has once again received a high ranking in Architect magazine’s annual Architect 50 list for the second time running. Out of 160 participating firms, Studio Ma ranked number six overall.


    Now in it’s 10th year, Architect Magazine's A50 list endeavors to determine which U.S. Architecture firm had the best year. The 2018 overall ranking is based on scores in three separate categories: business, sustainability, and design. Questions in each category are assigned a weight, and firms earn points per questions based on how well they perform relative to their counterparts.


    The goal of the Architect 50 is to “reward accomplishment according to the broadest possible criteria [and] the list is designed to celebrate practices of all kinds.” Studio Ma’s first attempt to join the list was last year in 2017 ranking at 31. This year, the firm is proud to achieve a top 10 ranking.


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  • 15 Years of Studio Ma
    October 2018

    15 Years of Studio Ma

    On Thursday, October 25th, Studio Ma celebrated 15 years of architecture and environmental design by hosting an anniversary party at their new office in Arcadia. Libations and Mexican cuisine were shared with guests under a beautiful moon-lit evening as everyone chatted, laughed, and reminisced with friends and peers about the adventures over the years since 2003. It was truly a night to remember.

    Studio Ma extends their thanks to all that were able to join in the festivities and everyone that has been part of this major milestone for Studio Ma over the years. Looking forward to the next 15 years and beyond.
     

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  • Studio Ma at AIA Iowa Fall Convention
    September 2018

    Studio Ma at AIA Iowa Fall Convention

    Join Christiana Moss, AIA, a founding principal of Studio Ma, at the AIA Iowa Fall Convention in Des Moines on September 20th at 8:15 am as she shares the firm’s latest work and their vision of regenerative environmental design, one that gives back more energy, water and resources than it uses.

  • Studio Ma & Alexander Building Company Partner to Assemble Free School Supply Kits
    August 2018

    Studio Ma & Alexander Building Company Partner to Assemble Free School Supply Kits


    Designed by Studio Ma and constructed by Alexander Building Company, the new three-building, $12 million Great Hearts Maryvale Preparatory campus serves its mission of leading the charter school network.

    With over 50 volunteers, Studio Ma and Alexander Building Company partnered with Back 2 School America (B2SA) to assemble 670 free school supply kits to benefit underserved Maryvale students on Friday, August 3rd for the new campus’ inaugural enrollment year.The event is part of B2SA’s build-a-kit program, in which companies or community groups purchase bulk school supplies from the educational non-profit and assemble them into grade-specific school supply kits, which (upon completion) are given to children from low-income families, in an effort to meet the educational needs of those students.

     

    Click to download the full press release.

  • August 2018

    White Paper - Transit Oriented Development in Phoenix

    Transit Oriented Development in Phoenix | Click to download

    In 2005 the first leg of the Valley Metro Regional Light Rail system opened, connecting the cities of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. The system has been a major success in the region, exceeding ridership projections and promoting intensive mixed-use development in the areas within walking distance of the stations. As part of the planning for the system, the cities along the route undertook major efforts to re-plan the districts effected by the new system to promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the new line, with an emphasis on mixed use, street oriented, pedestrian-friendly environments. With its emphasis on the spatial and environmental qualities of street corridors, a Form-Based Coding approach was used as a basis for many of the plans particularly in Tempe and other areas of relatively low density.

    The three projects presented in this TOD white paper represent a wide range of involvement in the urban design, planning and architecture of TOD projects. The white paper begins with the Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project, a master plan and new zoning code encompassing 2.15 square miles of Phoenix’s downtown core and is followed by a recent development in Tempe and an urban infill project in Downtown Phoenix.
     

    Each project responds to unique, local conditions however, a number of general TOD planning principles have been used throughout.

    - An activated, pedestrian-oriented ground plane
    - Human-scaled building massing to enhance street corridors
    - Incorporation of architectural and natural shade
    - Urban Heat Island mitigation
    - Street hierarchy
    - Multi-use programming

     

     Click here to download

  • Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Plans Major Expansion
    July 2018

    Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Plans Major Expansion

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West has expansion plans, according to museum director and CEO Mike Fox. Fox was instrumental in creating the museum, which opened in January 2015. It's owned by the city of Scottsdale and operated by a nonprofit called Scottsdale Museum of the West. The museum was designed by the architectural firm Studio Ma based in Phoenix. They're working now with the museum on creating an expansion plan, Fox says.

    Read the full article by Lynn Trimble here.

  • Studio Ma at SCUP 2018 Annual Conference
    July 2018

    Studio Ma at SCUP 2018 Annual Conference

    Christiana Moss, AIA, a founding principal of Studio Ma, recently spoke at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2018 Annual Conference in Nashville discussing why many hybrid degree students—those who take both online and on-campus classes—prefer living on campus and what they need to thrive academically and socially. Christiana presented successful adaptation strategies implemented across Arizona State University, a vanguard public university offering traditional, online and hybrid degrees, that address online student needs and new campus demographics. She was joined by Nika Pniak, a current ASU student who shares firsthand insights about the challenges and benefits of online learning while living on campus.

    The SCUP Annual Conference is where real people with real stories come together to show how they are rethinking the way decisions are made and proving that institutions who plan are ready.

  • AIA Conference on Architecture 2018
    June 2018

    AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

    Join Christiana Moss, AIA, one of the founding principals of Studio Ma, and Ed Soltero, FAIA, Assistant Vice-President and University Architect at Arizona State University, at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City on June 23rd as they discuss regenerative systems for triple-net-zero building performance and how to mitigate environmental impact. 

  • USGBC New Jersey 2018 LEED Project of the Year
    May 2018

    USGBC New Jersey 2018 LEED Project of the Year

    The USGBC New Jersey awarded Princeton University Lakeside Graduate Housing the 2018 LEED Project of the Year for demonstrating an adherence to the principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

    Studio Ma is honored to be recognized for advancing sustainable design at Princeton University. Integral design strategies included optimizing building orientation, using a geoexchange heating and cooling system, and natural storm water management through integrating rain gardens and bioswales.

  • USGBC Mountain West 2018 Green Building Legacy Award
    May 2018

    USGBC Mountain West 2018 Green Building Legacy Award

    Scottsdale's Museum of the West was recently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2018 Green Building Legacy Award. It recognizes buildings constructed, renovated, or operated within the past 10 years that were innovative in sustainable practices and push the envelope of sustainability in design and development.

    Studio Ma is proud to be recognized for our commitment to advancing sustainable design practices by making them integral to our design process. Strategies such as collecting and reusing condensate waste water and self-shading helped achieve a 45% reduction in water use and a 38% reduction in energy use.

  • Christiana Moss speaks at Taliesin West
    April 2018

    Christiana Moss speaks at Taliesin West

    Join Christiana Moss, one of the founding principals of Studio Ma, at Taliesin West on Thursday, May 3, 2018 for a design lecture as part of The School of Architecture at Taliesin's 2018 Design Lecture series. The free lecture begins at 7:30 pm with a reception to follow. Attendance is free but seating is limited, please RSVP: Jdonofrio@taliesin.edu

    Christiana Moss approaches architecture with vision, optimism and a commitment to testing and research. Her interest in the relationship between natural and cultural systems gives Studio Ma its foundation as a collaborative studio grounded in progressive and sustainable design practices. She is responsible for assisting clients with identifying project goals, facilitating decisions and leading the design team to realize successful projects. Her ability to grasp the interrelationships among these issues and use them to shape memorable architecture is integral to Studio Ma’s practice. As a founding principal of Studio Ma, an AIA Arizona Firm of the Year recipient and an Architectural Record Design Vanguard Firm, Christiana leads design for educational, institutional and cultural buildings and master plans, where she applies her design thinking towards the successful completion of small and large-scale commissions.

  • Christiana Moss speaks at SCUP Pacific 2018
    April 2018

    Christiana Moss speaks at SCUP Pacific 2018

    Did you know that hybrid degree students, who take both online and on-campus classes, prefer to live on campus? Learn why and what these students need to thrive academically and socially during a presentation by Christiana Moss, one of the founding Principals of Studio Ma, on Tuesday, April 10th at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Pacific Conference in Los Angeles.

  • Christiana Moss speaks at Dwell on Design 2018
    April 2018

    Christiana Moss speaks at Dwell on Design 2018

    Christiana Moss, AIA, founding Principal of Studio Ma, and Paul Kephart, ASLA, of Rana Creek share the main stage at Dwell on Design 2018 in Los Angeles as they speak about the cutting-edge technology of biophilic design. See one of the featured projects, Arizona State University's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology building (ISTB-7) concept design, here.

  • ASU Memorial Union model study
    March 2018

    ASU Memorial Union model study

    Here is a glimpse into the process behind the Arizona State University Memorial Union renovation - a large study model used to test different stair designs. View the recently completed project here.

  • Summit Powder Mountain - “heritage modern”
    March 2018

    Summit Powder Mountain - “heritage modern”

    Straight out of the Studio Ma shop, check out this beautiful exterior material board we put together for the Summit Powder Mountain Powdercat townhomes in Eden, Utah. The use of natural materials such as reclaimed wood, patinated copper, and weathered steel contribute to the Powder Mountain design language of “heritage modern.”

  • Scottsdale’s Museum of the West featured on AZ Big Media
  • STUDIO MA SELECTED AS AZRE’S 40 COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2018
  • PRINCETON LAKESIDE GRADUATE HOUSING FEATURED IN CORNELL DAILY SUN
    January 2018

    PRINCETON LAKESIDE GRADUATE HOUSING FEATURED IN CORNELL DAILY SUN

    Two alumni of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning have built on their undergraduate education to design a sustainable graduate student housing project at Princeton University.

     

    Described by its creators as a series of “carefully-placed buildings located within the woodlands,” the recently built Lakeside Graduate Student Housing was designed in 2015 by Christopher Alt ’94 and Christiana Moss ’94.

     

    Read the full article by Stacey Blansky here.

  • Free Arts selects Studio Ma to renovate new building
    January 2018

    Free Arts selects Studio Ma to renovate new building

    Free Arts is pleased to announce they have selected architecture and environmental design firm Studio Ma to design and oversee the renovation of the new building located at 352 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, which will be named The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Hope & Healing.

     

    Read the full article on AZ Big Media here.

  • STUDIO MA REVAMPS ASU’S STUDENT UNION
    December 2017

    STUDIO MA REVAMPS ASU’S STUDENT UNION

    The hub of campus activity at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, the student center called Memorial Union, has been reimagined and revitalized with a 119,000-square-foot new redesign led by acclaimed architecture firm Studio Ma.

     

    Read the full article on AZ Big Media here.

  • U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SELECTS STUDIO MA FOR WORLDWIDE EMBASSIES
    December 2017

    U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SELECTS STUDIO MA FOR WORLDWIDE EMBASSIES

    Capping a search for new designers for the U.S. Department of State’s newest worldwide embassies, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), responsible for constructing and maintaining embassies, has chosen Studio Ma to provide design and engineering services for U.S. facilities around the world. 

     

    Read the full article from Architect's Newspaper here.

  • ASU INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING FEATURED IN ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER
  • THE 2017 ARCHITECT 50
    November 2017

    THE 2017 ARCHITECT 50

    We are elated to be recognized as a top architectural firm in the 2017 Architect 50 on our first try. This was the most competitive edition of the Architect 50 yet, and we're thrilled to have earned such high marks.

     

    View the full list here.

  • AIA WESTERN MOUNTAIN REGION
  • ASU INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING FEATURED IN BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION MAG
  • ASU INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING FEATURED IN ARCHITECT MAGAZINE
  • PRINCETON LAKESIDE GRADUATE HOUSING FEATURED IN ARCHITECT MAGAZINE
  • 2016 AIA FIRM OF THE YEAR
    December 2016

    2016 AIA FIRM OF THE YEAR


    Studio Ma is the recipient of the 14th Annual AIA Arizona Firm of the Year Award recognizing the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm that has produced distinguished architecture over a period of ten years.  The jury commented:  "Studio Ma is a firm on the rise.  The work is complex and large scale.  Is both smart and palpable, with a masterful use of texture.  The portfolio of projects is diverse and rich in spite of what appears to be a stable of demanding clients.  Yet, the work is consistent.  The members of this jury admitted: this firm inspires us to "up our game"."

  • 2015 AIA HONOR AWARD - MUSEUM OF THE WEST
    December 2016

    2015 AIA HONOR AWARD - MUSEUM OF THE WEST

    The jury commented: "This project is the whole package.

    Aesthetically - The skillful marriage of old and new "west" culture - there is a discerning restraint in the execution of refined forms and respectful use of regional materials.

    Sustainability - Thoughtful biomimetic investigation and re-interpretation of regional influences and materials - from water capturing ribs of the cacti structure to the practical craft of Native American basket weave reinterpreted as a façade that provides structural form, shade and lightness.

    Cost responsibility - Proving that good design can be affordable."

  • 2015 AIA HONOR AWARD - ASU MANZANITA HALL
    December 2016

    2015 AIA HONOR AWARD - ASU MANZANITA HALL

    The jury commented: "A clever and sophisticated modernization of this landmark that strengthens the legacy of this celebrated structure.  The set back of the new exterior panelized curtain wall behind the triangular frames to leverage the energy performance and increased connection between residents and the exterior views is brilliant.  And the reconfiguration of the approach by raising the landscape to meet the entry and creative adjustments to the interior living spaces to foster community and social interaction are elegantly executed."

  • 2015 AIA CITATION - ASU SUN DEVIL FITNESS COMPLEX
  • SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF THE WEST FEATURED IN METROPOLIS MAGAZINE
  • Architectural Tour of Western Spirit Museum
  • NAU NACC achieves LEED Gold Certification Level
    April 2015

    NAU NACC achieves LEED Gold Certification Level

    We are proud to pass along the good news that the Native American Cultural Center at Northern Arizona University has been awarded LEED Gold Certification on 3/31/2015!  Additionally, we have completed some analysis that shows that the NACC can be the first Net Zero Energy project within ABOR!  Our preliminary study shows that it will take between 12-18 PV panels to do so.  We are working with the University to explore this exciting potential.

  • 2015 Innovator Award Winner / Student Housing Business
    April 2015

    2015 Innovator Award Winner / Student Housing Business

    From www.studenthousingbusiness.com:

    Student Housing Business presented its Innovator Awards to companies for excellence in student housing development. More than 75 judges voted on more than 125 entries for the 22 awards.

    Studio Ma was honored to be a part of the American Campus Communities, Hardison Downey, and Arizona State University team.

     

    STUDENT HOUSING BUSINESS INNOVATOR /
    AIA HONOR AWARD - ASU MANZANITA HALL

  • 2014 Vanguard Firm
    December 2014

    2014 Vanguard Firm

    Studio Ma is honored to announce our selection for the 2014 Architectural Record Design Vanguard.  Our firm was chosen from a pool of international candidates as one of ten rising design stars who are expanding the role of the architect by championing new approaches to design and practice.

    "Architectural Record’s annual Design Vanguard issue brings together the architects who are already doing some of the most innovative work in the field and will lead the profession in the future. They are the firms at the forefront of design and the architects are the ones to watch.

    Design Vanguard began in Architectural Record in 2000 with the intention of spotlighting the future stars of the profession. Vanguard architects are selected by a panel of professionals including deans of architecture and critics from around the country after they reviewed design portfolios."

         - Architectural Record, 12/01/2014

    Read the article here.

  • Manzanita Hall Featured in Architectural Record
  • Lakeside at Princeton University
  • June 2014

    Princeton Lakeside featured in gbd

    Princeton University's Lakeside Graduate Student Community is featured in this Spring 2014 gbd article about Princeton University's carbon reduction plan.  Geo-exchange, ground source heating loops, strategic orientation and massing, result in a total design energy use of 28 EUIs (kBtu/sf), a 70% improvement in energy efficiency.

  • Scottsdale Museum of the West
  • SMA 2013 3D Print Competition
    December 2013

    SMA 2013 3D Print Competition

    We kicked off the Holiday Season with our first annual 3D Print Competition in celebration of our new SMA SHOP and our 10th Anniversary!  After all entries were modeled, printed and votes cast, the results are in and Mihir Bavishi, LEED AP is the winner.  Congratulations, Mihir and we look forward to sharing our future shop activities, stay posted!