Matt Covall, LEED AP

What was the pivotal moment in your education?

Most definitely studying abroad in Europe, it opened up my eyes to the concept of urban design. The experience was much more than traveling around visiting architectural masterpieces, my time spent there helped me develop a new perspective on public space, urbanism,  the effects of architecture, and cultural anthropology.

What’s your favorite thing about working here?

A high percentage of the work we do is actually in San Francisco! After working on projects all around the greater Bay Area, it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to work on projects within your own city. It’s very exciting to see the daily impacts of a project you’ve worked on as it is embraced by the local community.

What’s your favorite work of architecture in the world?

This is a hard one, but for a while I’ve been really keen on the Caxia Forum in Madrid by Herzog and De Mueron. I really appreciate the contrast of old meets new, use of materiality and re-use of the existing skin and urban fabric.

Why did you choose to live where you do?

I live in Potrero Hill for its walkability, sunny weather (San Francisco standards)  and small community qualities. It’s so close to downtown but has a nice sleepy feel. My  2 mile commute to work doesn’t hurt either.

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?

A Chef. I truly love to cook, but could never work a restaurant schedule.

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