I Am AIA:
Matt Hutchins AIAExpand
Matt is a founding Principal of CAST Architecture with a focus on creative infill housing as the nexus of low-carbon living, urban vitality, and social policy. Matt serves as a Director of Public Policy on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors and as the Strategic Councilor for AIA Washington Council. He has co-chaired AIA Seattle’s Housing Task Force and organized many public programs on urban design, housing, and accessory dwelling units. He was named AIA Seattle’s Volunteer of the Year in2020 and is a Seattle Planning Commissioner and Co-Chair of the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF AIA TO YOU?
Architecture is never easy, and having the support of a peer group of professionals makes the journey more fulfilling. A few years ago, I started having a more active role in AIA Seattle and have been rewarded with many new friendships and have learned much. It has given me more of a voice and the confidence to use it.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I introduce myself as both an architect and an advocate, because I’ve been very lucky to been able to practice what I preach.
CAN DESIGN SAVE THE WORLD?
Since buildings are one of the largest contributors to climate change, and since cities can be one of the largest weapons against climate change, design has to. The decisions we make at our desks today will in a tiny part affect generations.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEATTLE-AREA STRUCTURE?
The Olmstead parks in my neighborhood: Lincoln, Schmitz and Hiawatha.