• 2018 Architect 50
    November 2018

    2018 Architect 50

    For the second consecutive year, Studio Ma has been honored as an Architect 50 firm. Out of 160 entrants, Studio Ma ranked 6th overall. In 2017, Studio Ma was ranked 31st on the top 50 list. This was achieved on our first attempt for the program.

    Now in its 10th year, Architect’s A50 list endeavors to determine which U.S. Architecture firm had the best year. The 2018 overall ranking is based on calculated scores in three separate categories (business, sustainability, and design) and added together to create an overall ranking. The Architect 50 ranking is authoritative and the most closely watched report on architecture firm performance in the United States.

    The Architect 50 awards recognize ecological commitment and design quality, two core values of our firm, when measuring the country’s very best A, AE, and AEC firms. We are proud to achieve a top 10 ranking.

    For more information about Architect’s methodology and to see the full 2018 Architect 50 list, visit the Architect 50 website here.

  • November 2018

    Studio Ma is hiring - Advanced Architect

    STUDIO MA is a nationally renowned, innovative design studio seeking a practiced Advanced Architect with excellent design skills, and 10 years minimum professional experience. The position will require a strong working knowledge of Revit and all applicants should have documented at least one project using the program. The best candidate will have a demonstrated enthusiasm for environmental stewardship through their work and interests and will be able to capture the vision of our firm.

    education + experience

    - 10+ years professional experience
    - Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture
    - Registered Architect, or holding NCARB Certification

    skills + qualifications

    - Exceptional design and critical thinking skills
    - Thorough working knowledge of building codes, standards and construction
    - Completion of multiple construction document sets and construction administration experience
    - Experience in project management, and oversight of several project team members.
    - Comfort in working independently; demonstrates professionalism in dealing with a variety of clients, consultants and vendors
    - Leadership and management skills with experience over-seeing multiple junior team members
    - Technical skills must include Revit, AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and preferably SketchUp, and 3DMax
    - Technical skills that include energy modeling using IES, Energy Plus Sefaira, and/or eQuest are preferred
    - Self-motivated, energetic, and organized, with strong graphic and communication skills


    STUDIO MA (www.studioma.com) has risen to national prominence quickly while maintaining and fostering the camaraderie and teamwork of a small practice.  Our work advances sustainable design, including net zero energy and water use, while making livable and beautiful buildings. The philosophy of the Studio is embodied by the concept of Ma, a Japanese term that acknowledges the dynamic relationship between objects and their surrounding environment. This concern extends our practice to multiple scales, from the making of a residence to the complex urban and natural contexts at universities and cultural institutions where we are exploring how buildings can become more restorative through concepts such as biophilia and biomimicry.

    We hold ourselves and each another to high professional standards while enjoying the opportunities life gives us. We are a growing practice, more laterally organized, encourages and fosters ownership.  Our clients include prominent colleges and universities, museums and cultural institutions, developers and individuals.  We are one of 16 national firms awarded international work with the US Department of State, beginning this fall, 2018 through 2023.  Founded in 2003, Studio Ma is a woman-owned business seeking more diversity as we grow. We have a sister company, artHAUS Projects, that develops urban housing.


    Please submit resume and portfolio along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to jobs@studioma.com with “Advanced Architect” in the subject line. Please do not send attachments exceeding 4 MB. Responses without cover letter will be discarded without review. No phone calls, please.

  • November 2018

    Studio Ma is hiring - Senior Administrator - Office Manager

    STUDIO MA is a nationally renowned, innovative design studio seeking a candidate to support our management and administrative needs with implementing office policies, procedures, and operations. The position will require developing a strong working knowledge of national policies and regulations in support of our work with U.S. Government agencies. The best candidate will have exceptional attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to manage and administer complex policies.

    education + experience

    - 5+ years professional experience
    - Associates degree or higher

    skills + qualifications

    - Must be a U.S. Citizen
    - Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of internal staff and clients
    - Strong interpersonal, problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to work in a team-based environment
    - Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, and general computer knowledge and skills
    - Ability to work independently and contend with frequently changing priorities and deadlines
    - Demonstrates professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality in dealing with a variety of clients, consultants and vendors
    - Self-motivated, energetic, and organized, with strong graphic and communication skills
    - Travel: 10% domestic and international

    essential duties + responsibilities

    - Support Principals with all administrative needs, including security procedures related to U.S. government contract work
    - Responsible for maintaining digital and/or physical document filing and file management policies
    - Oversee and implement office policies and procedures in conjunction with Principal-led initiatives
    - Develop and maintain procedures and schedules for maintaining office functionality including the office facility, technology systems, and general maintenance
    - Responsible for visitor and office hospitality functions
    - Assist with domestic and international travel arrangements, including coordinating itinerary, transportation, lodging, meals, events, and coordination with client and consultant representatives. 
    - Perform other functions as may be assigned by the Managing Principal or other Principals.


    STUDIO MA (www.studioma.com) has risen to national prominence quickly while maintaining and fostering the camaraderie and teamwork of a small practice.  Our work advances sustainable design, including net zero energy and water use, while making livable and beautiful buildings. The philosophy of the Studio is embodied by the concept of Ma, a Japanese term that acknowledges the dynamic relationship between objects and their surrounding environment. This concern extends our practice to multiple scales, from the making of a residence to the complex urban and natural contexts at universities and cultural institutions where we are exploring how buildings can become more restorative through concepts such as biophilia and biomimicry.

    We hold ourselves and each another to high professional standards while enjoying the opportunities life gives us. We are a growing practice, more laterally organized, encourages and fosters ownership.  Our clients include prominent colleges and universities, museums and cultural institutions, developers and individuals.  We are one of 16 national firms awarded international work with the US Department of State, beginning this fall, 2018 through 2023.  Founded in 2003, Studio Ma is a woman-owned business seeking more diversity as we grow. We have a sister company, artHAUS Projects, that develops urban housing.


    Please submit resume and portfolio along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to jobs@studioma.com with “Senior Administrator” in the subject line. Please do not send attachments exceeding 4 MB. Responses without cover letter will be discarded without review. No phone calls, please.

  • November 2018

    Studio Ma is hiring - BIM + Technologist

    STUDIO MA is a nationally renowned, innovative design studio seeking a talented individual with excellent design and technical skills, and the ability to work both independently in a self-directed manner as well as collaboratively within a project team. The individual should have a technology-driven background and experience managing Revit / BIM (Building Information Modeling) projects. The best candidate will have a demonstrated ability to merge skills in computer networking with architecture and building modeling to support the vision of our firm.

    education + experience

    - 5+ years of related professional experience; 5+ years of Revit experience with expert Revit skills
    - Prior firm-wide CAD/BIM management preferred
    - Five-Year Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree in Architecture
    - Game design, VR skills preferred
    - Knowledge of, and practical experience with, technology, including IT support

    skills + qualifications

    - Experience with all aspects of professional services from schematic design through project close-out, including design and technical expertise
    - Expert-level experience with modeling, organizing, coordinating, and documenting complete and complex buildings in Revit from Conceptual Design through Construction Administration.
         - Proficiency with creating of custom, parametric families is required
         - Experience with BIM 360 and post-occupancy/analysis preferred
         - Proficiency with Navisworks and the production and reconciliation of clash detection reports is required; experience with 4&5D modeling preferred.
    - Proficient with all typical AEC software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Rhino, SketchUp, and Bluebeam/Acrobat; proficiency with Adobe Premier, After Effects, or Final Effects Pro preferred
    - Scripting experience with Dynamo and/or Grasshopper required
    - Proficient with rendering using Mental Ray or Vray, or 3DS Max; proficiency with Unreal Engine, or other real-time renders preferred
    - Knowledge and use of VR preferred
    - Experience with IT support and maintaining office LAN required
    - Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills; exceptional graphic and communication skills.

    duties + responsibilities

    - Develop and maintain consistent office standards across Revit and ACAD platforms, including creating and maintaining project templates, and organizing content libraries, providing in-office training, resolving technical issues for project teams, and engaging with senior staff and principals to test and refine new processes
    - Lead the office in BIM best-practices, and provide office-wide and project-specific modeling support and content creation
    - Develop and maintain office BIM execution plans
    - Manage software updates and deployments; research and make recommendations to management for new software, plug-ins, and/or technologies to advance office capabilities in rendering, lighting and sustainability analysis
    - Support local networking and information systems, including assisting in maintaining IT security and auditing procedures, and general IT maintenance
    - Provide desktop and server support for Windows and Mac-based equipment, including service patches, updates, and OS support
    - Manage IT disaster recovery and business continuity planning


    STUDIO MA (www.studioma.com) has risen to national prominence quickly while maintaining and fostering the camaraderie and teamwork of a small practice.  Our work advances sustainable design, including net zero energy and water use, while making livable and beautiful buildings. The philosophy of the Studio is embodied by the concept of Ma, a Japanese term that acknowledges the dynamic relationship between objects and their surrounding environment. This concern extends our practice to multiple scales, from the making of a residence to the complex urban and natural contexts at universities and cultural institutions where we are exploring how buildings can become more restorative through concepts such as biophilia and biomimicry.

    We hold ourselves and each another to high professional standards while enjoying the opportunities life gives us. We are a growing practice, more laterally organized, encourages and fosters ownership.  Our clients include prominent colleges and universities, museums and cultural institutions, developers and individuals.  We are one of 16 national firms awarded international work with the US Department of State, beginning this fall, 2018 through 2023.  Founded in 2003, Studio Ma is a woman-owned business seeking more diversity as we grow. We have a sister company, artHAUS Projects, that develops urban housing.


    Please submit resume and portfolio along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to jobs@studioma.com with “BIM+technologist” in the subject line. Please do not send attachments exceeding 4 MB. Responses without cover letter will be discarded without review. No phone calls, please.

     

  • November 2018

    Studio Ma is hiring - Intermediate Architect

    STUDIO MA is a nationally renowned, innovative design studio seeking a practiced Intermediate Architect with excellent design skills, and 4-7 years professional experience. The position will require a strong working knowledge of Revit and all applicants should have documented at least one project using the program. The best candidate will have a demonstrated enthusiasm for environmental stewardship through their work and interests and will be able to capture the vision of our firm.

    education + experience

    - 4-7 years professional experience
    - Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture

    skill and qualifications

    - Knowledge of building codes, standards and structures
    - Experience in construction document preparation and field observation
    - Comfort in working independently; demonstrates professionalism in dealing with a variety of clients, consultants and vendors
    - Technical skills must include Revit, AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and preferably conceptual 3D modeling software (SketchUp, Rhino or 3D Max).
    - Technical skills that include energy modeling using IES, Energy Plus Sefaira, and/or eQuest are preferred
    - Dynamo or scripting experience is preferred
    - Self-motivated, energetic, and organized, with strong graphic and verbal communication skills


    STUDIO MA (www.studioma.com) has risen to national prominence quickly while maintaining and fostering the camaraderie and teamwork of a small practice.  Our work advances sustainable design, including net zero energy and water use, while making livable and beautiful buildings. The philosophy of the Studio is embodied by the concept of Ma, a Japanese term that acknowledges the dynamic relationship between objects and their surrounding environment. This concern extends our practice to multiple scales, from the making of a residence to the complex urban and natural contexts at universities and cultural institutions where we are exploring how buildings can become more restorative through concepts such as biophilia and biomimicry.

    We hold ourselves and each another to high professional standards while enjoying the opportunities life gives us. We are a growing practice, more laterally organized, encourages and fosters ownership.  Our clients include prominent colleges and universities, museums and cultural institutions, developers and individuals.  We are one of 16 national firms awarded international work with the US Department of State, beginning this fall, 2018 through 2023.  Founded in 2003, Studio Ma is a woman-owned business seeking more diversity as we grow. We have a sister company, artHAUS Projects, that develops urban housing.


    Please submit resume and portfolio along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to jobs@studioma.com with “Intermediate Architect” in the subject line. Please do not send attachments exceeding 4 MB. Responses without cover letter will be discarded without review. No phone calls, please.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF THE WEST FEATURED IN METROPOLIS MAGAZINE
  • 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

  • Manzanita Hall Featured in Architectural Record