UTSOA

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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faculty

Matt Fajkus

Assistant Professor

matt.fajkus@austin.utexas.edu

WMB 4.102A | office
+1 512 232 1961 | phone

The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009

Education

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

areas of interest

Sustainable building technology, daylighting, structural design, and interdisciplinary collaboration between architecture and engineering as well as academic and professional realms.

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. 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 2011, Fajkus was awarded the Big XII Faculty Fellowship for one week of teaching and collaboration at the Kansas State University College of Design. 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.

Professor Fajkus, a Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development, is co-director of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s state-of-the-art Thermal Lab, an interdisciplinary design tool that tests the thermal and light properties of full-scale facade mock-ups as part of a larger body of building envelope research.  His thermal lab research was profiled on KXAN News, Austin’s NBC affiliate, in a segment featuring an interview with Fajkus.  He is a co-principal investigator and has received grant funding for the Smart Building Initiative, an innovative program designed to perform energy analysis and maintain a direct user interface in Sutton Hall on the UT campus.

In a collaborative effort with Associate Professor Ulrich Dangel, Assistant Professor Tamie Glass, as well as Associate Professor 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. The lab's activities include, but extend far beyond, evaluating the impact of distributed resources and advanced loads on power quality, testing Home Energy Management System standards, exploring rooftop PV integration through DC power architectures, examining electric vehicle charging, and studying energy storage integration.  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 named a Fellow of the Next Generation Project Texas, as part of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which was established to bring fresh, interdisciplinary ideas to current problems facing the world.  The City of Austin selected Fajkus as the Austin sustainable architect representative, as 1 of 25 Austin citizens, along with former Austin Mayor Bruce Todd, to serve on the delegation to Koblenz, Germany in the annual “sister-city” meeting and collaboration in 2011.  Fajkus also serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors for Cambridge Tower - Austin’s classic Mid-Century Modern Condominium Tower.

Professor Fajkus also 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, was selected as one of the top three emerging Austin architecture firms by the Austin Museum of Art, and was awarded a Texas Society of Architects Studio Award in 2011, and also received the Second Place Award (of 289 professional entries) in the Habitat for Humanity 20x20 Sustainable Prefab House International Design Competition in 2010. Fajkus was featured in the 2012 AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibit as two projects he collaborated on were chosen to be exhibited in the Washington, D.C. National Headquarters. MF Architecture primarily focuses on sustainable residential design, including 5 projects starting construction in 2013, and the firm also takes on less conventional commissions, such as the 2012 Tribeza Fashion Show Backdrop Design, which was awarded the 2012 Silver Award by the Spark Spaces International Awards Committee. 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. His teaching and research have been filmed for ESPN’s Longhorn Network Television, and 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. His designs, research and writings have been published extensively, including but not limited to Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine, Texas Architect, Azure Magazine, 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.

website:
www.mfarchitecture.com