Associate Professor

Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable Design

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. 
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. 

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. In 2017, Fajkus received the AIA Austin Emerging Professional Achievement Award. The award recognizes one Austin architect each year for exceptional achievement, leadership, community service, and overall dedication to the profession.

Professor Fajkus has significant experience in architectural practice. While working for the world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning firm Foster + Partners in London for several years, Fajkus worked on the design of numerous large scale international projects, 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 in Dallas, Brinkley Sargent Architects in Dallas, Mario Corea Arquitectos in Barcelona, and Julie Snow Architects in Minneapolis.

Fajkus is currently the Principal Architect of Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC, founded in 2010. The practice, informally known 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. In addition to designing residential and commercial projects, the practice also takes on less conventional commissions, such as installations. One example is a Tribeza Fashion Show Backdrop Design, which 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. Other project awards include an AIA National Design Award, an AIA Austin Design Award, and an international Blueprint Award commendation. The Westlake Dermatology Marble Falls building received the 2019 AIA National Healthcare Design Award, and was featured at ArchMarathon 2020 in Miami, among 50 selected projects across North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

Fajkus was interviewed about his visions on the future of sustainable architecture on the National Public Radio program “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” and his teaching and research have been filmed for ESPN’s Longhorn Network Television. His designs, research, and writings have been published extensively, in publications including but not limited to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine, Texas Architect, Arch Daily, Dezeen, Metropolitan Home, as well as international publications such as Light in Engineering, Architecture, and the Environment, and The International Journal of Design, Nature, and Ecodynamics. The Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture was named ‘Best of Austin’ in the Austin Chronicle’s 2016 Critics Picks, and one of the five best residences in Texas by Dezeen Magazine. Fajkus has also co-authored a book with Dason Whitsett, titled Architectural Science and the Sun, published in print form by Routledge Publishers in 2018.

Education

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

Publications

CREATIVE WORK PUBLISHED + WORK CITED
Matt Fajkus Architecture’s projects have been featured widely in scholarly, popular, and trade publications, as well as on the AIA Austin Home Tour and Austin Modern Home Tour. The practice’s work reaches a wide audience by its concept-driven generation and crafted execution - all disseminated through frequent publication on design-focused sites such as Arch Daily and Dezeen, as well as in articles featuring their clients in the Austin Business Journal, Austin Chronicle, and CultureMap, among others. Their work has also been featured in nationally and internationally recognized publications including Architectural Record, British GQ, Dwell, Texas Architect, Wallpaper, and The Wall Street Journal. View the wide list of publications at http://www.mfarchitecture.com/press in addition to the selected press below:

Lauron, Sam, “The Hewn House: Modern Takes on Traditional” Eastside Magazine, featuring Hewn House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, May 2020, p. 14-19. https://issuu.com/eastsidmag/docs/eastsidemagazine520_online

Calhoun, Anastasia, “Devil Details,” Texas Architect, January 2020, p. 48-51. https://magazine.texasarchitects.org/2020/01/07/devil-details/

“The Urban House,” Residential Design Magazine, Vol 1, 2020. P 46-55.

“The mega-luxe 'Show Garage' is now officially a thing,” British GQ, featuring Autohaus by Matt Fajkus Architecture, March 2020.
Harper, Elizabeth, “Control, Shift, Repeat.” Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, featuring Control/Shift House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, April 2020, p. 80-83. http://digital.modernluxury.com/publication/?i=656592&ver=html5&p=82

D’Angelo, Madeline, “Healthy Designs,” Architect, featuring Westlake Dermatology by Matt Fajkus Architecture Magazine, September 2019, p. 20.

Fajkus, Matt; and Whitsett, Dason, Architectural Science and the Sun: The Poetics and Pragmatics of Solar Design, Routledge Publishers, 300 pages, printed in paperback and hardcover. Included in Sustainable Development Goals Online: a curated library to support the United Nations’ call to action to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and protect the planet, 2019.
Menez, Gene, “California Dreamin’,” Austin Home, featuring Via Media Residence by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Summer, 2019, p.66-73. And online July 10, 2019. https://www.austinmonthly.com/california-dreamin-in-central-texas/

Lagdameo, Jennifer Baum, “A Mullet Renovation Preserves This Historic Austin Abode’s Brick Façade,” Dwell, featuring Mullet House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, February 19, 2019. https://www.dwell.com/article/mullet-house-matt-fajkus-architecture-971a797f

Villalpando, Nicole, “Home among the trees,” Austin American-Statesman, featuring [Bracketed Space] House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, February 9, 2019, E1, E10. and online: https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190206/austin-modern-home-tour-features-home-that-feels-like-treehouse

Lagdameo, Jennifer Baum, “Before & After: An Austin Midcentury Home Gets a Roof-Raising Renovation,” Dwell, featuring Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, November 28, 2018. https://www.dwell.com/article/re-open-house-matt-fajkus-architecture-efc4c0c4

Villalpando, Nicole, “House on AIA Austin Homes Tour brings Midcentury to today,” Austin American-Statesman, featuring Re-Open House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Saturday, October 13, 2018. and online: https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20181009/look-inside-redone-midcentury-modern-house-on-aia-austin-homes-tour

Keates, Nancy, “The Hipper Fixer Upper,” The Wall Street Journal, featuring Mullet House by Matt Fajkus Architecture, July 20, 2018, M6.

Filtered Frame Dock, recognized as a design award winner: “Studio Awards,” Texas Architect, November/December 2017 issue, p. 31.

Buchholz, Jan, “Matt Fajkus solidifies himself as a local icon,” Austin Business Journal (print), featuring Fajkus, Firm, and Westlake Dermatology, September 1, 2017 and online August 31, 2017. https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2017/08/31/matt-fajkus-is-becoming-an-austin-design-icon-dive.html

Keates, Nancy, "Austin's Weird and Crazy, Mixed-Up Architecture," featuring Autohaus, The Wall Street Journal (print), June 9, 2017 and online as "Austin's Housing Boom Makes Way for Quirkier Home Styles," featuring Autohuas, The Wall Street Journal (online), June 8, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/austins-housing-boom-makes-way-for-quirkier-home-styles-1496931111?shareToken=sta310d3ed7c44496295cf84eb0008a35b&reflink=article_email_share

“UTSOA at SXSW,” featuring SXSW Panel / Views & Brews Recording, University of Texas School of Architecture website, March 2017. http://soa.utexas.edu/headlines/utsoa-sxsw

“Main Stay House by Matt Fajkus Architecture,” Architectural Record, January 25, 2017. https://soa.utexas.edu/headlines/utsoa-sxsw
“Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience,” Feature, Texas Architect, July 6 2016. https://magazine.texasarchitects.org/2016/07/06/becoming-architect-mfx-participants-gain-career-experience/

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

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

“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.

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.

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. https://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, "Architectural Science and the Sun: The Poetics and Pragmatics of Solar Design," Routlege Publishers, Spring 2018

Fajkus, Matt, “Vision for Downtown Austin Buries I-35 and Caps it with a Boulevard,” Texas Architect, March/April 2017, pp.15-16.

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.