Associate Professor

Matt Fajkus, AIA, holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he completed his thesis work with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, including international study at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

His teaching has received the 2012 Cale McDowell University-wide award for innovation, and he was selected for the 2012 ACSA New Faculty National Teaching Award. In 2013, Fajkus received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the University of Texas System. Fajkus has also previously been a visiting critic and lecturer at Lund University in Sweden, The Architectural Association in London and The Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris.  In 2015, Fajkus was named the winner of the Engineering, Architecture and Design category at the 17th annual Austin Under 40 Award Ceremony, the city’s premier event honoring influential leaders for professional accomplishment and service to the community.

Professor Fajkus has significant experience in architectural practice. While working for the world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning firm Foster and Partners in London for several years, Fajkus worked on the design of numerous large scale international projects including a new Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., a residential skyscraper in northeast London, and a series of high-speed rail stations in Saudi Arabia, all of which utilize advanced technology in conjunction with intuitive design logic to optimize light transmission and spatial performance.  Fajkus has also worked on numerous small-scale award-winning projects with Max Levy Architects in Dallas, Brinkley Sargent Architects in Dallas, Mario Corea Arquitectos in Barcelona and Julie Snow Architects in Minneapolis.

Fajkus is a licensed architect in Texas, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is the Principal Architect of Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC, founded in 2010. The firm, informally know as MF Architecture, has received numerous awards for innovative work. Fajkus was featured in the 2012, 2014 and 2015 AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibit as four projects he collaborated on were chosen to be exhibited in the Washington, D.C. National Headquarters. MF Architecture focuses on sustainable design of various scales and types, including completed residences and commercial projects. The firm also takes on less conventional commissions, such as the 2012 Tribeza Fashion Show Backdrop Design, which has received 5 awards, including a 2013 TSA Studio Award, the 2012 Silver Award by the Spark Spaces International Awards Committee, and the 2014 AIA National Small Project Award. In 2012, Fajkus was commissioned to collaborate with Clay Shortall and Will Meredith to design and fabricate a sculpture to be presented to the President of the United States during a campaign visit to Austin.

In a collaborative effort with Associate Professor Ulrich Dangel, AIA; Associate Professor Tamie Glass, ASIA; as well as Associate Professor Dr. Atila Novoselac, Fajkus helped design the Pike Powers Commercialization Lab, or “Living Lab,” constructed in Austin’s Mueller Development as part of the Pecan Street clean energy smart grid demonstration project. In addition to its role as a test facility for researchers from the University of the Texas, the lab acts as the Austin base for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Fajkus was interviewed about his visions on the future of sustainable architecture on the National Public Radio program “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” aired nationally in 2011, and his teaching and research have been filmed for ESPN’s Longhorn Network Television. His designs, research and writings have been published extensively, including but not limited to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine, Texas Architect, Arch Daily, Dezeen, Austin Way, and Metropolitan Home, as well as international publications such as the Light in Engineering, Architecture, and the Environment, and the International Journal of Design, Nature, and Ecodynamics. The recently completed Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture was named one of the top five residences in Texas by Dezeen. Fajkus is currently co-authoring a book titled Architectural Science and the Sun, which is to be published by Routledge Publishers in 2017.

In the Summer of 2016, MFx, a new collaborative, was launched by Professor Fajkus and his practice with the intention to explore unknown variables in the field of architecture and beyond, in their continued efforts to work towards expanding the relevance of architecture among the general public and within popular culture. The inaugural MFx is referred to as MFx16, which is comprised of 11 collaborators from various school of architecture from around the country. 

Education

  • M. Arch., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • B. Arch., University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture

Publications

WORK PUBLISHED + WORK CITED

McKnight, Jenna, “Rectilinear Austin house by Matt Fajkus embraces rolling terrain,” Dezeen, November 15, 2016. https://www.dezeen.com/2016/11/15/bracketed-space-house-residential-arch...

“Best of Austin: 2016 Critics Pick - The Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Austin Chronicle, November 2016. http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2016/poll:critics/cat...

“Bracketed Space House,” Uncrate, November 16, 2016. http://uncrate.com/stuff/bracketed-space-house/

Widner, Cindy, “Look inside the gorgeous new [Bracketed Space] House,” Curbed Austin, November 16, 2016. http://austin.curbed.com/2016/11/16/13645214/austin-homes-for-sale-conte...

“[Bracketed Space] House in Austin,” e-architect, November 16, 2016. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america/bracketed-space-house-in-austin

“Threshold House in Austin,” e-architect, November 10, 2016. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america/threshold-house-in-austin

“Bracketed Space House,” Trends Ideas, November 10, 2016. http://trendsideas.com/image/collection/bracketed-space-house#modal-file...

James, Jesse, “A Modern Family! A Contemporary Family Home by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” StupidDope, November 9, 2016. http://stupiddope.com/2016/11/09/a-modern-family-a-contemporary-family-h...

“This New Family Home in Austin, Texas Lives Among The Trees,” Contemporist, November 8, 2016. http://www.contemporist.com/new-family-home-in-austin-texas-lives-among-...

“Bracketed Space House / Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Arch Daily, November 8, 2016. http://www.archdaily.com/798916/bracketed-space-house-matt-fajkus-archit...

“House Renovation Ideas – 17 Inspirational Before & After Residential Projects,” Contemporist, October 29, 2016. http://www.contemporist.com/17-inspirational-before-after-residential-pr...

“Conversation with Matt Fajkus,” Architect Profile, Modern Austin, October 28 2016. http://modernaustin.com/conversation-with-matt-fajkus/

Widner, Cindy, “New Mod Home Comes with Optional Detached Studio,” Curbed, October 24, 2016. http://austin.curbed.com/2016/10/24/13394742/austin-homes-for-sale-allan...

Sonnenberg, Brittani, Mueller, MP, & Bruno Anne,“They Build This City,” Tribeza, October 2016. http://tribeza.com/they-build-this-city/

“Threshold House by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Gigantic Forehead, October 18, 2016. http://www.giganticforehead.com/single-post/2016/10/19/Threshold-House-b...

“Interview with Austin Architect Matt Fajkus,” Floor Coverings International, October 3, 2016. http://nwsanantonio.floorcoveringsinternational.com/blog/interview-with-...

“Matt Fajkus Architecture design the Main Stay House with clean forms and an urban infill living space that blurs the lines between inside and outside,” CAANdesign, September 28, 2016. http://www.caandesign.com/matt-fajkus-architecture-design-main-stay-hous...

Chaudhury, Nadia, “Get Ready for Meringues and Booze with Fluff Meringue’s New Cafe,” Eater Austin, September 23, 2016. http://austin.eater.com/2016/9/23/13035156/fluff-meringue-cafe-alcohol-b...

Widner, Cindy, “Fresh Crestview Contemporary Asks $849K,” Curbed, September 12, 2016. http://austin.curbed.com/2016/9/12/12894802/crestview-contemporary-for-s...

Ward, Arden, “Innovative Health and Wellness Retreat Slated for Booming Austin Suburb,” Culture Map, August 29, 2016. http://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/08-29-16-alive-and-well-heal...

“Main Stay House,” Busyboo, August 23, 2016. http://www.busyboo.com/2016/08/23/prairie-style-house-mfa/

“I Look Up Film Challenge: Designing A Startup-Friendly City,” AIA, August 11, 2016.  http://ilookup.org/look-film-challenge-designing-startup-friendly-city/

Xie, Jenny, “5 Cool Prefab Backyard Sheds You Can Order Right Now,” Curbed, online publication, August 4, 2016. http://www.curbed.com/2016/8/4/12370586/prefab-homes-sheds-backyard-offi...

“Sophisticated Austin Masterpiece Beautifully Sited,” Luxury Portfolio International, online publication, August 2, 2016.  

“Matt Fajkus Architecture :: Hill Country Apothecary,” Pleasure: AIA Small Project Practitioners 2015 Review, print, Summer 2015

“Austin Eye Candy,” Modern Architecture + Design Society (MADS), online publication, August 1, 2016. http://mads.media/looksee/

“2016 America’s Finest 2nd Place: Look + See Vision Care,” Invision Magazine online publication, July 28, 2016. http://invisionmag.com/america-s-finest/2016-america-s-finest-2nd-place-...

“Main Stay House,” Architonic, July 28 2016. https://www.architonic.com/en/project/matt-fajkus-architecture-main-stay... 

“世界の美しいガレージ50選,” Houzz, online publication, July 24, 2016. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70441507/list/50

“車を美しく見せる、カーポートのデザインとは?” Houzz, online publication, July 17, 2016. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70079509/list

Gunther, Erik; “Modern Miracles: 7 Incredible New Contemporary-Design Homes,” Realtor.com, Online Publication, July 12, 2016 http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/modern-homes-brand-new-builds

“Matt Fajkus Architecture Main Stay House,” World-Architects, online publication. July 12, 2016. http://www.world-architects.com/architecture-news/submitted-works/Main_S...

“Main Stay House – Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC,” Archello. online publication, July 7, 2016. http://us.archello.com/en/project/main-stay-house

“Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience,” Feature, Texas Architect, July 6 2016. https://texasarchitects.org/v/blog-detail/Becoming-an-Architect-MFx-Part...

“If I Knew Then…: Matt Fajkus, Principle Architect, MF Architecture,” Business Owner Profile, Crain’s, July 6 2016. http://www.crains.com/if-i-knew-then/matt-fajkus/matt-fajkus-architectur...

Fitch, Creede, “100 Riley,” Creede Fitch, online publication, July 6, 2016. http://creedefitch.com/austin-modern-homes/100-riley

“Hill Country Apothecary in Lakeway, Texas,” e-architect, online publication, June 16, 2016. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america/hill-country-apothecary-in-lakeway-...

“Five of the Best Texan Houses on Dezeen,” Dezeen, online publication, June 15, 2016. http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/15/five-best-texas-houses-residential-arch...

“Main Stay House by MF Architecture,” Dexigner, online publication. June 6, 2016. http://www.dexigner.com/news/28904

“Main Stay House in Texas by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” AECafe, online publication, June 4, 2016. http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/arch-showcase/2016/06/04/main-stay-house-...

“Matt Fajkus Completes Urban Austin Home with Retractable Glass Walls,” Dezeen, online publication. June 2, 2016.http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/ 02/matt-fajkus-architecture-main-stay-house-austin-texas-retractable-glass-walls/          

“Horizon House in Elgin,” e-architect, online publication, May 31, 2016. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america/horizon-house-in-elgin-texas

Williamson, Caroline, “Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Design Milk, online publication. May 30, 2016. http://design-milk.com/main-stay-house-matt-fajkus-architecture/

“Main Stay House in Austin,” e-architect, online publication. June 1, 2016. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/america/main-stay-house-in-austin

Grozdanic Lidija, “Affordable Main Stay House in Austin Keeps Occupants Cool without Air Conditioning,” Inhabitat, online publication. May 27, 2016. http://inhabitat.com/affordable-main-stay-house-in-austin-keeps-occupant...

“This Texas Home is ready to Entertain,” Contemporist, online publication. May 25, 2016. http://www.contemporist.com/2016/05/25/this-texas-home-is-ready-to-enter...

“Main Stay / Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Arch Daily – World’s Most Popular Architecture Website, online publication. May 21, 2016. http://www.archdaily.com /787719/main-stay-house-matt-fajkus-architecture/

“Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” featuring Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by J. Michael Welton, Architects + Artisans, April 18th, 2016
http://architectsandartisans.com/index.php/2016/04/main-stay-by-matt-faj...

“Small Stuff,” featuring Scaled Resolutions by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Ben Koush, Texas Architect, July/August  2015, p 55

“Expanding Austin’s City Limits: New Homes in America’s Fastest Growing City,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Zoe Cooper, Architizer, July 24th 2015
http://architizer.com/blog/austin-homes/

“La Excepcion Como Regla,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Soledad Franco, Revista Espacio&Confort, July 8th 2015
http://www.espacioyconfort.com.ar/casas/la-excepcion-como-regla.html

Out of Scale – AIA Small Project Awards 2005 – 2014, featuring Fashion[ing] Objects by Matt Fajkus Architecture, published by ORO Editions, edited by Marc Manack and Linda Reeder, Spring 2015

“Ultimate Tree Houses,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Mary Ann Azevedo, Austin Way, Late Spring, 2015, p 109

“Hill Country Apothecary,” featuring Hill Country Apothecary by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Texas Architect, March/April 2015, p 96

“Before & After – A Texas Ranch House Transformation,” featuring Pugh Residence Redux by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Contemporist, March 1st 2015
http://www.contemporist.com/2015/03/01/before-after-a-texas-ranch-house-...

“Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture in Austin, Texas,” Designboom, January 23rd 2015
http://www.designboom.com/architecture/matt-fajkus-architecture-tree-hou...

“Around a Mighty Oak – Deeply Rooted Modern Architecture,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Archtiecture, Vetta Homes, Jan-March 2015, p 76

“MF Architecture Builds a House around a Tree,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Caroline Willamson, Design Milk, January 9th 2015
http://design-milk.com/tree-house-residence-mf-architecture/

“This House in Texas Blurs the Line between Inside and Outside,” featuring Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Business Insider, December 18th 2014
http://www.businessinsider.com/house-in-texas-blurs-the-line-between-ins...

“Selected Project: Tree House/Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Arch Daily, December 9th 2014
http://www.archdaily.com/575522/tree-house-matt-fajkus-architecture 

“10 Brilliant New Architecture Projects From Around the World,” featuring Fashion[ing] Objects by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Alyson Penn, Business Insider, June 4th 2014
http://www.businessinsider.com/aia-small-architecture-awards-2014-6?op=1

“Out of the Ashes,” featuring the Wheeler Lost Pines Residence designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture, written by Candace Jackson, Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2014, p. M8.

“Austin-based architecture firm celebrates its first completed commercial project,” Daily Texan article written by Nicole Bueno, published on March 19th, 2014.
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2014/03/18/austin-based-architecture-fir...

“Thick-Skinned Regionalism,” 2013 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award winner, featured as 1 of 4 annual state-wide award for built and unbuilt projects, Texas Architect, November/December 2013, p 43.

“Fashion[ing] Objects,” 2013 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award winner, featured as 1 of 4 annual state-wide award for built and unbuilt projects, Texas Architect, November/December 2013, pp.44.

“Everyday Objects Transformed,” written by Rebecca Roberts, featuring the Fashion[ing] Objects design, published in Texas Architect, June/July 2013, p. 12.

Texas Society of Architects interview, “Architects Talking To Architects” interview series, July 25, 2013. https://texasarchitects.org/v/blog-detail/Architects-Interviewing-Archit...

“Winners of the d3 Unbuilt Visions 2012 Competition,” Flat House project by Matt Fajkus, Brandon Hubbard, Bo Yoon cited in Archinect News, February 4, 2013, for receiving Special Mention: Alternative Typology category. Three Grand prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were winners among the international awards.  The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects.
http://archinect.com/news/gallery/66712844/5/winners-of-the-d3-unbuilt-v...

ESPN Longhorn Television Network Special, “Technology at the UT School of Architecture,” a segment on integrated technology, featuring “EIGHT,” the sculpture designed for the President of the United States,” by Matt Fajkus, Will Meredith, and Clay Shortall, aired March 2013.

World Architecture News (WAN) Feature, TRIBEZA Fashion Show Runway Backdrop Design, Issue 28, December 2012.
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/interiors/index.php?fuseaction=proj...

“TRIBEZA Fashion Show Backdrop Wall” design published in TRIBEZA Magazine, November 2012, p.12.

Featured in TRIBEZA Magazine, ‘Exposed Profile’ featuring professional work, research, and teaching, October 2012 Issue, p. 34.

“Bat House Visitor Center,” Texas Society of Architects Studio Award Winner, featured in Texas Architect, November / December 2011, pp. 24-28.
http://issuu.com/taartdir/docs/ta11_11.12_web/36

“Thick-Skinned Regionalism” Prefab House Design from Habitat for Humanity Competition published in Azure Magazine, January/February 2010, p. 34.  

WRITING / RESEARCH / SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Fajkus, Matt, Whitsett, Dason (accepted), Architectural Science and the Sun: The Poetics and Pragmatics of Solar Design, Routlege Publishers, Anticipate Publication in 2017

Fajkus, Matt, “An Honest Frame,” Texas Architect, July/August  2015, p 73

Fajkus, Matt, “Superficial Skins?  Super Skins?  Shading Structures and Thermal Impact Analysis,” Conference Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advanced Building Skins, March 2013, pp. 187-193.

Fajkus, Matt, “Lines, Numbers, and Colors,” Texas Architect, November/December 2013, pp. 20-21.

Fajkus, Matt, “Beyond Skin Deep: Sustainable Building Envelope Research and Design, 1st Annual International Architecture and Civil Engineering Conference Proceedings, Singapore, March 2013, pp. 120-128.

Fajkus, Matt, “Sustaining Experience: Diffuse Reflection Lab by Lead Pencil Studio,” Texas Architect, March/April 2013 Issue, p. 10.

Fajkus, Matt, “Light and Sustainable Building Envelope Construction: A Meeting Point for Architects and Engineers,” Paper published in Construction: Essays on Architectural History, Theory & Technology by Nicholas Patricios and Stravros Alifragkis, ATINER Publications, October 2012, pp. 82-91.

Fajkus, Matt, “Supply and Demand: Architecture and the Energy Crisis,” Invited BURN Blog Entry, Published September 2012.
http://burnanenergyjournal.com/the-burn-blog-september-10-2012/

Fajkus, Matt, “Sustainability and Urban Heat Island Effect,” Interview for a National Science Foundation video (by Earthsky productions) on Sustainability and Urbanism, September 2012.

Fajkus, Matt, “Daylight Transmission Analysis in Experimental Building Envelope Assemblies,” International Journal of Design, Nature & Ecodynamics, Spring 2013 Issue.

Fajkus, Matt, “Marking the Land,” Texas Architect, March/April 2012 Issue, pp. 24-28.

Fajkus, Matt, “Modern Architecture as Constructed Environment: Tati’s Playtime as Commentary spanning the Prosaic to the Profound,” Pastelegram Journal, Spring 2012 Issue, pp. 44-49.   http://pastelegram.org/features/110

Fajkus, Matt, “Sisters Retreat” Adapted Article, Texas Architect, July/August 2011, pp. 42-45. http://issuu.com/taartdir/docs/ta11_09.10_web/86

Fajkus, Matt, “Air and Light Modulation in Architectural Facades,” Austin International Indoor Air Quality Conference, paper presented and published in conference proceedings, June 2011.

Fajkus, Matt, “Quantitative and Qualitative Daylight Control in Building Facades,” Light in Engineering, Architecture and the Environment, Poznan, Poland, in conjunction with Wessex University, England, May 2011, pp. 121-131.

Fajkus, Matt, “Sisters Retreat,” Texas Architect, May/June 2011, pp. 32 – 38. http://issuu.com/taartdir/docs/ta11_05.06_web/36

Fajkus, Matt, “Virtual and Physical Simulation Loops for Façade Performance: Light and Thermal Testing as a Design Tool,” Building Envelope Sustainability Symposium Conference Proceedings, California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, California.

“University of Texas Thermal Lab,” Matt Fajkus featured with colleague Ulrich Dangel on Austin’s KXAN News, March 15, 2011.
http://www.kxan.com/dpp/community/living_green/ut-thermal-lab-tests-prod...

Interviewed about visions on the future of sustainable architecture on the National Public Radio program “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” aired nationally on July 22nd, 2011. 
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/07/22/high-heat?autostart=true 

“Smart Building Initiative – LIFT Progress Report,” Featured research by Matt Fajkus, as co-principal investigator, with several cited quotations.
http://www.utexas.edu/cio/itgovernance/lift/articles/smart-building-init...

photo of Matthew Fajkus
  • Sustainable building technology
  • daylighting
  • structural design
  • and interdisciplinary collaboration between architecture and engineering as well as academic and professional realms.