Recent News

09 26 15: Clark Court and Stoneridge won 2015 AIA NC Merit Awards!

05 16 15: Erin and Matt will lead sketch sessions with Frank Harmon at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta!

05 04 15: Matt was on thesis juries at the Tulane University School of Architecture!

05 01 15: a house named Fred won an AIA Triangle Honor Award!

04 15 15: Chasen Residence sketches have been featured in Mike Welton's Book, "Drawing From Practice!"

04 14 15: a house named Fred is on Dwell on-line!

03 29 15: Clark Court is in the May issue of Dwell!

03 27 15: Erin and Matt Spoke at the Mississippi State University CAAD NOMAS Symposium!

09 27 14We won three AIA NC Design Awards!

09 26 14: Erin spoke at the AIA NC Design Conference!

09 13 14: Jeremy and Mary won the Live-Work Micro-Dwelling Design Competition!

09 13 14: Matt spoke at the Activate 14 Urban Design Conference!

05 01 14Welcome to our new Studio-Mate Mary!

08 06 13We are hosting First Friday! Come join!

07 25 13: We received the second place George Matsumoto Prize!

07 15 13: Congrats on being a certified Architect, Oz!

05 15 13: Welcome to our new Studio-Mate Jeremy!

03 15 13: We moved into a new space! Come visit us at 704 N. Person Street!

11 05 12: Welcome to our new Studio-Mate Oz!

09 17 12: We received two honorable mentions this week for the ReSpace and HOME competitions!

06 18 12: in situ studio one of Residential Architect's 15 Young Firms to Watch

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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, 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.


Mary Conley [Designer] is a native of Durham, North Carolina with experience in renovation and new construction projects, large and small. She is an alumna of the NCSU College of Design, from which she received a BEDA in 2009 and a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010. In recognition of her design work at NCSU, Mary received the School of Architecture Academic Achievement Award, the School of Architecture Faculty Award, the AIA Triangle Scholarship, and the Irwin E. Jones Travel Fellowship to support studies in Turkey and the Czech Republic. Following her time at NCSU, Mary practiced in the Triangle for two years before pursuing graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the Graduate Division Award from the College of Environmental Design and completed her MArch in May 2013.

Mary worked as an intern architect at Weinstein Friedlein ArchitectsSzostak Design, Inc., and Duda/Paine Architectsand has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the NCSU College of Design as an adjunct faculty member. She lives with her fiancé around the corner from the office, where she loves to cook and dream up new projects.


Zach Hoffman [Designer] 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.