Andrew Kudless is a designer based in San Francisco where he is an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts. In 2004, he founded Matsys, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. He holds a Master of Arts in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. The work of Matsys has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.
Matsys is a design studio exploring and expanding the agency of material systems to produce emergent and integral relationships between form, fabrication, and performance. The studio works at all scales and pursues a trans-disciplinary practice that blends art, design, architecture, and engineering. Our methods of research focus on the tension between digital morphogenesis and physical form-finding, knowing that each domain contributes essential information to the design process. Craftsmanship, in both digital and physical forms, is the core of our research and practice. This interest in craft, combined with a fascination with the emergence of structure, form, and intelligence in the world, drive us to create objects, spaces, and landscapes that are complex, playful, and a bit uncanny.