moss is a full service architecture and design studio in the Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview. Our work is diverse by design, and allows us to explore the best design solutions across varied project types including residential, commercial, breweries and wineries, retail, urban planning, custom furniture, restaurants, and LEED.
We assist our clients through the entire architectural and construction process, from site selection and design through permitting and construction. We work collaboratively with our design team and fabricators to create beautiful, livable, superior spaces.
We believe that successful design provides a solid connectivity with nature while responding to client needs, desires, and their vision of a comfortable, livable, and functional environment. We believe that sustainable designs can be cost-effective, preserve history, and result in a more beautiful, conscientious, and enduring design. Our designs integrate natural light and air, connection to landscape and green space, and the surrounding environment to create open, navigable spaces for present and posterity.
Our architecture emphasizes the creative use of sustainable materials to seamlessly blend landscape with the built environment, creating an enriching experience for occupants, and exerting a minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Instead of supplanting or suppressing, we aim to create a mutually beneficial exchange between environment and edifice, where buildings don’t dirty, pollute or drain, but instead, clean, purify, and inspire. This approach allows us to create site specific, energy efficient, sustainable architecture.
Moss, in the wild, is a simple, low maintenance plant that is green in color and sustainable. Moss refers to any species of the class Bryopsida and is part of the division Bryophyta. Bryophyta means the first green land plants to develop during the evolutionary process, and is thought to have evolved from very primitive vascular plants.
Similar to moss’ architecture, wild moss provides shelter for living organisms and creates a sustainable, green habitat for all living creatures.
Architect / Founder / Bike Warrior
After graduating from the NewSchool of Architecture and spending nearly a decade designing sustainable architecture in San Diego, Matt returned to the character building climate of his native Chicago to found moss. His work is known for utilizing site orientation, creative use of green building techniques, and sustainable building materials. Matt understands the urban environment and how to sustain it as a community for all living things, and volunteers for the 47th Ward Green Council, Openlands Project where he is a volunteer Treekeeper, and as a guest laborer at Peasant’s Plot Farm. He has lectured on sustainable architecture and urban design nationwide. Matt enjoys The New York Times, cooking, wood working, and hydrology. He is not a fan of golf or flaxseed.
Permaculturist / Co-founder / Owl Enthusiast
Laura grew up in Chicago and has always had a love of the outdoors. Living next to a forest preserve instilled in her an appreciation of nature and the importance of green space in an urban environment. Her love of nature and passion for design, photography, organic agriculture and desire to maintain a wholesome connection with the environment has guided her towards sustainable architecture practices. She has 18 years of business development, management and marketing communications experience, holds a B.S. degree in Business & Management from National Louis University Chicago, and is a certified permaculturist and urban farmer. When not envisioning the future growth of moss design, Laura can be found with shovel in hand tending to the Edible Garden at Lincoln Park Zoo, eating, traveling and capturing those experiences (and owls) with her trusty Nikon.
Emily holds a degree in Journalism from DePaul University. Previously, she has worked as an editorial intern at Newcity, Time Out Chicago, and Intersection Magazine in London. Born and raised in Chicago, she still has absolutely no sense of direction and frequently asks tourists how to get around. She is particularly interested in access to quality food/water, healthier urban spaces, and design’s role in each. In addition to moss, she volunteers for multidisciplinary arts space the Comfort Station, and works part-time at Time Out Chicago as a music writer. In her free time, Emily can be found indecisively pacing aisles at Harvest Time, painting, playing guitar and attempting to learn five languages at once.
Miguel is a graduate from the MFA Interior Architecture and Sustainable Design program at Columbia College Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from “Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana” in Mexico. He speaks English and Spanish fluently, some French, and despite his red-green color blindness can solve a Rubik’s Cube in two minutes.
Designer / Amateur Chef / Mad Men Addict
Jamie draws upon 14 years worth design experience in brand, print, environment and web design, with an emphasis on creating brands for commercial environments. She has worked on projects ranging from start-ups to to some of the best-known brands in the world. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the College of Design, Art Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
Mike received his BA in Graphic Design in Nashville, Masters of Architecture in Chicago from UIC, and studied abroad in Barcelona. Mike’s passion for design and architecture has driven him to extend his skills to woodworking. When Mike isn’t busy doodling you can find him in the woodshop building furniture. Mike enjoys long walks on the beach and holding hands, as long as there isn’t a Notre Dame or St. Louis Cardinals game on.
Cyclist / Coffee Fan / Designer
Whether he is collecting eggs from his five urban chickens or tilling the soil to grow tomatoes and rutabagas, he is constantly seeking ways to unplug from the grid. With too much space in his apartment, John offers travelers seeking reasonable accommodations a place to stay through AirBnB. He also shares his backyard with bee keepers in exchange for honey.
Napper / Captain of the SS Cardboard Box / Exterminator
A chronic over eater and moth chaser, Bosco has been searching for out of the way places to sleep for over a decade. He is way behind on filing.