About | Matthew Muir

Artist, Designer & Aspiring Architect

Matthew West Muir

Matthew West Muir

Architect In Training | A&E Architects

He’s A Character

A kid at heart, Matthew may never fully grow up and he will be the first to tell you he has no intention in ever doing so. But don’t let that fool you; Matthew’s professional military bearing and playful charm has earned him as much praise as it has close friends.

Sometimes referred to as a walking contradiction, Matthew has spent the better part of his life trying not to take himself too seriously; especially when it comes to sports. What he lacks in dribbling and free-throw skills, he more than makes up for in random,  useless knowledge and is particularly proficient at finding something to be excited about in everything he does.

When he’s not in his shop cranking on some hair-brained invention you can typically find him at work obsessing over grass textures and shadow lines in his latest illustration. His weapons of choice are of course Photoshop and a cheap watercolor bush Matthew insists was blessed by a sumi master while living in Japan.

His almost annoying up-beat character and sunny disposition can become contagious over time and is known to spread like a virus to those exposed to his smile. His interest and dedication to others is equally annoying and if it were not for his home brewed mead, this character would almost be inescapable.

“Come and know me better”

Education

Masters of Architecture
Jan. 2011 – May 2012 | Montana State University – Bozeman MT

Bachelors of Arts – Environmental Design
Nov. 2006 – Dec. 2010 | Montana State University – Bozeman MT

Information Systems “A” School
Jan. 2003 – July 2003 | US Naval Training Command – Greatlakes IL

Sentinel High School
Class of 2001 | Missoula, Montana

Certificates

Construction Quality Management for Contractors
US Army Corps of Engineers, License # 784

April 2015 – April 2020

Experience

Architect In Training | DSArchitects – Helena, MT

April 2013 – September 2014

·Project development to include: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Construction Administration.
·Comprehensive building information modeling, visualizations and parametric design.
·Provisional responsibility for specifications, RFI & ASI, submittals, substitutions, change orders, cost estimates and construction administration.


Architectural Internship | MacArthur, Means & Wells Architects – Missoula, MT

January 2013 – March 2013


Software Support Specialist | Montana State University – Bozeman, MT

January. 2008 – January. 2013

·Lead on software workshops to include: Design-build seminars, Building Information Modeling (BIM), digital fabrication and Parametric design for faculty and students.
·Tutor and teaching aide for studio design problems, Architectures, web development, publishing, marketing and CNC technologies.
·Office manager of print room facilities and tier one information technology support to include: large format scanners and plotters, 3D Digitizers, 3D Printers and CNC Mills.


Architecture / Civil Engineering Intern | Potter Clinton Development – Bozeman, MT

November 2006 – August. 2008

·Responsible for review, approval and inspection of new and existing construction within Potter Clinton Development’s (PCD) development projects.
·Accountability and conflict resolution of: city andcounty building codes, federal and state regulations and development project covenants.
·Initial development of marketing campaigns, brochures, web media,  and national publications for subdivisions in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.


Information Systems Technician Second Class | BMU-1 Det West Pac – Sasebo, Japan

November 2002 – November. 2006

·Collaborated in the design for the Subic Bay International Amphibious Complex  (IAC – Subic Bay) to include: feasibility studies, cost analysis and site planning
·Coordination of multidisciplinary professions, across many languages.
·Participated in the Navy’s  “Green Construction Model”  helping to formulate new renovation methods for existing buildings; reducing cost, environmental impact and energy consumption of ship and shore facilities.
·Crafted construction document for new and existing shore facilities.
·Maintained BMU-1 Det West Pac. Communication and crypto equipment as the CCI Manager and acting Communications Officer.

Project List


A&E Architects

Mammoth Hotsprings Hotel | Four Story Historical Rehabilitation | Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Haynes Rehabilitation | $4.5 Million | Two Story Historical Rehabilitation | Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Timpanogos Cave | $4 Million | New single story vitor center. | American Fork, Utah

Rocky Mountain Labs – Library | Hamilton, Montana


Dowling Studio Architects


Hunthausen Activity Center | $12.2 Million | Two story addition and remodel of student activity center | Helena, Montana

Sourdough Fire Station | $2,9 Million | One Story rural fire department with living spaces and four apparatus bays | Bozeman, Montana

Carroll College Student Apartments| $4.7 Million | 6 Buildings, 3 phases, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments | Helena Montana

MSU Billings Yellowstone Hall | $13.8 Million | 3-Story Teaching and Research Lab addition | Billings, Montana

Montana City School | $3.2 Million | Two Story, 8 classrooms, 21st century design  | Montana City, Montana

Choteau Head-works Facility | $7.5 Million | Single story waste & water improvement facility. | Chateau, Montana

First Bank of Lincoln | $1.2 Million | Single story, Heavy timber construction | Lincoln, MT |

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) | 17,000 Sf Multistory office building with parking structure | Helena, MT

Fusion Grille | Tenant Improvements & Bar | Helena, MT

Gallik Cabin | Two story rural cabin made from on site timbers | MT

MDT Bearmouth Rest Area | MDT Proposal for new construction | Bearmouth, MT

MDT Storage Facility Re-roof | Tenant Improvements for existing storage facilities | Helena, MT

Helena Public Schools Re-roof | Tenant Improvements for Helena Middle School,  Helena High School and Capitol High School | Helena, MT


Potter Clinton Development


The Knolls at Hillcrest | Retirement community and high-end development | Bozeman, Montana

The Crossing | Luxuary high-end development  | Bozeman, Montana

Baxter Meadows West | Commercial and residential subdivision | Bozeman, Montana

Baster Meadows | Residential subdivision located in the heart of the Gallatin valley | Bozeman, Montana

Cobble Stone | Residential subdivision | Belgrade, Montana

River Rock | Residential subdivision | Belgrade, Montana

Awards

Accommodation for “Exemplary Performance”  Signed Captain Mark E. Donahue
Citation for “Exemplary Performance” Signed H.L. Quintanilla Commander
2012 DCA Communication Exhibition Award for Design Image – Graduate
Nachtsheim/Nordling Architectural Scholarship  2011 – 2012
AIA Montana Scholarship: 2010 – 2011
Pella Windows and Doors Scholarship: 2009 – 2010
DigiFab Design Competition Honorary Mention: 2008
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal

Testimonials | What employers & colleagues have to say.

Matthew is an example of an architect graduate with extraordinary balance his skills sets. He is equally gifted as a designer and as a technician and would be an excellent addition to any office. He is always upbeat, positive, helpful and polite. He is an incredibly mature young man who gets along well with everyone and always purports himself in a profession manner. I would not hesitate to give Matt the highest level of recommendation for a position in an architectural firm!

Chere LeClair
Chere LeClairAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Matt worked for me for a couple of years as an expert designer/draftsman handling architectural and engineering drawings. Matt is incredibly creative, and his expertise is certainly not limited to those areas. Any challenge I threw Matt’s way, he quickly came up with a unique solution for it in a timely manner. Matt was a stand up employee, and if the opportunity arose, I would hire him again in a heartbeat!

Mark Meissner
Mark MeissnerProject Manager at Potter Clinton Development

Matthew is an exceptionally hard-working and competent person. He has excellent design sensibilities to go along with a very high level of technical aptitude. He is also a pleasure to work with and would undoubtedly be a smart addition to any future employer.

David Fortin
David FortinAAA, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Laurentian University

In the last ten years, I became very familiar with Matthew’s personality and work ethic and am happy to share my impressions with you. I have great respect for Matthew and feel that he would be an asset to any organization. His drive and determination was always a motivating factor for the team as with myself. He is very team oriented and has the ability to lead people on all levels of management. He is a talented asset to any organization and will provide a wealth knowledge.

Anthony Gilbert
Anthony GilbertChief Warrant Officer 4 | United States Navy

Matthew is an exceptional thinker, conscientious doer and trustworthy colleague….i highly recommend him.

Michael Everts
Michael EvertsAIA, NCARB

Matthew is a detail-oriented individual who seeks to provide the most efficient and correct solution to wide array of design and/or computer concerns.

Heath Bradley
Heath BradleyDesigner / Fabricator

Matthew has been valuable to the School of Architecture in a period of transition for one of the school’s service centers. He has taken on the role of reorganization for the center, contributing scenarios and ideas to enhance customer service.

Jean Koelzer
Jean KoelzerAssistant to the Director at Montana State University SOA

Matthew Muir is a talented designer and has shown to provide enthusiastic and friendly customer support while working within the School of Architecture. Matthew has proven to know the architecture software inside and out while assisting students with software issues. I endorse Matthew, and any firm would benefit from his talents and expertise within the architecture world.

Chris DeShazo
Chris DeShazoInformation Technology Coordinator | Montana State University

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