I Am AIA:
Matthew Coates AIAExpand
Matthew Coates (AIA, LEED AP, NCARB) is President of Coates Architects, an 18-person firm on Bainbridge Island, launched in 2005. His work is elegant and future-focused, authentically concerned with fulfilling architecture’s capacity to inspire well-being. Coates designed the first new LEED Gold Art Museum in the Country, The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and the first LEED Platinum residence in the State. He led efforts on the Grays Harbor Gateway Center spurring pride and economic stability in the region, and recently launched the 'rehome' project, a non-profit entity that seeks to dramatically reduce construction waste.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
As a business owner and an architect it is very important to remain connected to the pulse of the industry and the AIA provides this connection to its members. Further, we will always remain more successful as a group, unified in advocating for the importance of design as well as the legal/political matters that influence our profession. This is the primary reason I am a proud member of the AIA Seattle.
What is the value of AIA to you?
The AIA gives me a voice and opens my mind. We are very fortunate to have so many talented designers here in the PNW, and through the AIA we can learn from and inspire one another, thereby elevating the practice and its role in society.
What project are you working on right now?
Currently we are working with the City of Aberdeen on the Gateway Center, which is a project aimed at educating visitors and stimulating new business growth in the area. Also in the works is the Bainbridge Island Police/Court facility, a low-income multi-family project in Bremerton as well as a host of single-family residential projects.