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03 04 19: We just received an AIA Triangle Merit Award for Church on Morgan!

04 14 19: We just swept the housing awards at the AIA South Atlantic Regional Design Awards, receiving three Honor Awards for the Corbett Residence, the Ocotea Renovation, and The Ten at South Person!

04 25 19: Erin and Matt served on two-days of fifth-year juries at Mississippi State University.

06 10 19: The NCMA Museum Park Visitor Center is out for bids!

06 21 19: We are kicking off a monthly event at our office called Friday Morning Serial. Our first guest speaker is Dr. Adam Terando.  Please join us!

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 Erin Sterling Lewis [Architect + Firm Principal] is a native of Illinois and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She earned a BArch from the University of Kentucky in 2002. Before founding in situ studio in 2010, Erin worked for over eight years at Frank Harmon Architect PA, where she established a foundation of practicing architecture with emphasis on critical design and environmental responsibility.

Erin is involved in various community outreach and volunteer programs. From 2004 to 2006, Erin served on the Raleigh Historic Development Commission. She served on the Raleigh Planning Commission from 2009 to 2015. In 2010, Erin joined the AIA North Carolina (AIANC) Board of Directors as the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Director and is President of AIANC. She is also a founder of ACTIVATE NC, which is a statewide AIANC outreach initiative to strengthen the civic role in architecture and design. Erin occasionally teaches design studios as Professor in Practice and serves on the advisory board for the NCSU College of Design School of Architecture. In 2018, she was awarded a national Young Architects Award by the AIA.

Erin lives with her family in a 1923 bungalow near downtown Raleigh.

Matthew Henning Griffith [Architect + Firm Principal] earned a BS in Mathematics from Davidson College and an MArch from the NCSU College of Design, where he concentrated in Urban Design and received numerous awards, including the Kamphoefner Fellowship and the AIA School Medal. His thesis project - a community center for Camden, New Jersey - received a 2004 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award. 

Before founding in situ studio in 2010, Matt served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and worked in the offices of Marlon Blackwell Architect and Frank Harmon Architect. He currently serves as Associate Professor in Practice at the NCSU School of ArchitectureSince 2010, Matt and his colleagues at in situ studio have received twenty-eight local and state AIA design awards. In 2012, the studio was recognized by Residential Architect magazine as one of 15 Young Firms to Watch, and their work is now widely published on line and in print. Matt regularly serves on professional awards juries, lectures throughout the southeast, and is a frequent visiting critic at schools of architecture. He was recently invited to the 2019 AIA National Small Projects Awards Jury. 

Matt lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children just east of downtown Raleigh.

Zach Hoffman [Architect + Project Manager] is a daydreamer and a wanderer.  He was born in Lancaster, SC, but grew up climbing trees and exploring the woods of Union County, NC.  He graduated with Honors from Appalachian State University in 2011 with a degree in Building Science. While there, he worked on the 2011 Solar Decathlon and received the Building Science Award for Design Achievement. He completed his Masters in Architecture at the NCSU College of Design in 2014, where he worked on the Benevolence Barn in Graham County with the 2014 Design Build Studio. He has worked work at Cannon Architects for the past three years, first while a student and then as a full-time intern, working on a variety of projects, including the Penland 2D2 Studio and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Recreation Center. 

Outside of the office Zach likes to hike and camp with his wife, Meredith, bike, spoil his lab Cooper, and work on his secret dream to be a weekend handyman. His ongoing love affair with nature drives him.

Jake Heffington [Architect + Project Manager] spent his youth in a North Carolina mountain village, before making his way to the coast to study Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion at UNCW, where he graduated with honors. While there, he was able to travel to Jordan and the West Bank, where he practiced archaeology and studied Arabic and Arab-Israeli Politics. His experiences visiting Palestinian refugee camps and seeing the sociocultural effects of politically charged architecture in the middle east led him to Lebanon, working primarily with Palestinian and Syrian refugees and continuing his studies in Arabic. After returning to the United States, he attended NCSU, where he received his MArch. He is a two time AIA Triangle Fellowship Nominee, a 2016 Kamphoefner Honor Fellow, and SEED certified. He spent two summers working on design/build projects with 100 Fold Studio in Lakeside, Montana – one as a participant and one as an instructor – and a third summer participating in the NCSU design/build studio at the NCMA

Jake cares about the social and cultural implications of architecture, loves to teach, and spends too much time looking at diagrams and constructivist art on Pinterest.

Brittany Siegert [Project Designer] grew up just outside of Raleigh in Clayton, NC. She graduated with honors from the NCSU College of Design with her BEDA in 2019 and will soon complete her B.Arch at NCSU.
While a student at NC State, she has been involved with Freedom by Design working on playground improvements for students with developmental disabilities and was able to participate in cohort 2 of the leading strand, creating an interactive exhibit in downtown Raleigh about the intersection of design and science. She was a nominee for both the AIA Triangle Scholarship and the Shawcroft Prize for Drawing.
Brittany takes every opportunity to travel, including spending a semester abroad in Prague with the College of Design and in her free time loves spending time outdoors running, hiking, and camping.