Matsys (evolution of “Material Systems”)
Established in 2004 by Andrew Kudless, Matsys is an architectural design studio that explores the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. Based on the idea that architecture can be understood as a material body with its own intrinsic and extrinsic forces relating to form, growth, and behavior, the studio investigates methodologies of performative integration through geometric and material differentiation. The studio’s work ranges from speculative and built projects to the crafting of new tools which facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to the design and fabrication of architecture.
Andrew Kudless is an architect based in San Francisco where he is an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts. He is the founder of Matsys (materialsystems.org), a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. Andrew has taught design studios, workshops, and seminars at The Ohio State University, the Architectural Association (London), Yale University, and Rice University. In 2005 Andrew had the Howard E. LeFevre Fellowship for Emerging Practitioners at OSU. He gained a Master of Arts with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Emergent Technologies and Design graduate program and a Master of Architecture with honors from the Tulane University School of Architecture. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Design Merit Award in the Far Eastern International Digital Architecture Design (FEIDAD) competition and in 1998 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research architectural design and urbanism in the Kansai region of Japan. He has worked as a designer for Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York and as a digital design, modeling, and fabrication consultant for Expedition Engineering in London. Andrew’s work has been exhibited in the US, England, France, Japan and China.
“P_Wall” / 2006
“Manifold” / 2004
“C_Wall” / 2006
“Voronoi : 2.5D Cells” / 2005
“constallations” / 2007