Erin Sterling Lewis [Principal] is a native of Illinois and grew up in Mississippi. She earned a BArch from the University of Kentucky in 2002. There, she was inducted into Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and was an architecture history teaching assistant for three semesters. Before founding in situ studio, Erin worked for nine years at Frank Harmon Architect PA, where she played an integral role in various projects, including the Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center, the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Horseshoe Farm Park, the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, and the First Presbyterian Church Renovation.
Erin is involved in various community outreach and volunteer programs. From 2004 to 2006, Erin served on the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission. She has served on the Raleigh Planning Commission since 2009, and currently serves on the advisory board for the NCSU College of Design School of Architecture. Erin has been an invited juror for the City of Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh Awards in 2007 and 2010, as well as the 2010 North Carolina Solar Center NC Sustainable Building Design Competition. In early 2010, she volunteered to teach a course on sustainable design at the NCSU Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment. In 2010, Erin joined the AIA North Carolina (AIA NC) Board of Directors. On the Board, she serves as the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Director as well as Chair of the Programs Committee, which focuses on Program Development, Educational Outreach, and Design Exhibitions for AIA NC's Center for Architecture and Design.
Erin lives with her family in a 1923 bungalow near downtown Raleigh.
Matthew Henning Griffith [Principal] is a 1996 graduate of Davidson College (BS Mathematics) and a 2002 graduate of the NCSU College of Design (MArch), where he concentrated in Urban Design and was awarded the Kamphoefner Fellowship, the Dean’s Award for outstanding service, the Faculty Design Award, and the AIA School Medal. Before founding in situ studio, Matt served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas (2002-2004), and worked in the offices of Marlon Blackwell Architect (2002-2006) and Frank Harmon Architect PA (2006-2010).
In 2004, he received the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for his design of a community center for Camden, New Jersey. His previous professional experience covers the full range of design services, from feasibility study to project management and construction administration. Matt has managed and designed several award winning projects in his previous offices, including the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, for which he was project designer. Matt’s areas of expertise include programming and site analysis, schematic design, construction detailing, physical modeling, writing, and graphic design.
Matt lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in a mid-century modern house 2.5 miles east of downtown Raleigh. He currently serves as Professor in Practice at the NCSU School of Architecture.
Ashley "Oz" Ozburn [Project Manager and Architect] first came to Raleigh in 2006 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. She worked for three years in the office of Frank Harmon Architect PA, where she was involved in several projects, including the Jarrett Residence, the NC Children's Nature Zoo, and the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design. She moved to Connecticut in 2009 to pursue her Masters of Architecture at Yale University, where she was Project Manager for the Yale Student Building Project, a Teaching Fellow, and was awarded Gene Lewis Prize for excellence in residential architecture.
In 2011 Oz was awarded the David M. Schwarz Travel Grant, which provided funds for her to complete her proposed study of the Middle East. With this funding, she was able to travel to Greece, Cyprus, and Lebanon to research the rebuilding of Middle Eastern cities after crisis, as well as document the urban consequences of "Green Lines," military demarcation zones between to volatile sides. The study targeted Beirut, Lebanon and Nicosia, Cyprus and investigated differing forms of reconstruction after war. Oz kept a blog, Adventures in Post-Traumatic Cities, during her travels and used this research to publish a book, Architecture After Crisis, that explored questions regarding urban identity, politics and globalized reconstruction within Beirut.
Jeremy Leonard [Designer] graduated from the NCSU College of Design in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture and was awarded the Faculty Design Award, the Shawcroft Drawing Prize, and the AIA Henry Adams Medal. As a student, Jeremy shared his love for great guitar riffs as a disc jockey for NCSU's radio station, WKNC, and his love for teaching as a NCSU summer Design Camp counselor. After gaining professional experience, Jeremy aspires to earn his Master of Architecture, and through his studies, unpack and challenge what he has learned as an undergraduate.
In fall 2011, Jeremy studied abroad in Prague, negotiating with and responding to the complex vocabulary of a European city that is simultaneously ancient and modern. To gain a greater understanding of how great works of architecture imbibe a site with a sense of place, Jeremy embarked on an architectural pilgrimage through Switzerland, Italy, and France to study the works of Peter Zumthor, Le Corbusier, Filippo Brunelleschi, and Francesco Borromini. Jeremy filled many pages of his sketchbook studying the play of light on volumes and the change of materials over time.
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