Matrix IMA is a leader in forensic architecture, snow and cold country design, and
architectural consulting services such as peer review and quality assurance.
And our highly experienced staff has deep roots in the general practice of
architecture, having designed thousands of projects of all types and overseen
their construction. This unusual breadth and depth of professional expertise,
along with the synergies produced by our unique combination of major practice
areas, enables us to deliver the highest quality work to a broad range of
Our staff has won more than 50 awards for excellence in architectural design
and is widely published in architectural technical journals. And Matrix IMA’s
relatively small size allows our senior professionals to participate personally
in all projects, thus maintaining high standards of quality and consistency.
Matrix IMA’s professionals average more than 10 years of experience in forensic
architecture and more than 25 years in architectural design, engineering
coordination, and construction administration. Our architects are licensed
in 18 states and Guam.
Matrix IMA’s architects have extended the boundaries of our profession’s
technical and practical knowledge. Just two examples:
- Since 1996, Matrix IMA has helped pioneer a new professional role in Northern
neutral architect. Matrix IMA’s efforts to advance this effective model
for dispute resolution include publishing articles and conducting seminars
and workshops to educate owners, attorneys, and building industry professionals
on the benefits of working with a neutral architect.
- Matrix IMA’s senior architects lecture nationally and internationally
on issues related to building in snow and cold environments.
Matrix IMA is adept at both diagnosing problems and solving them. Just two examples:
- Matrix IMA is conducting research that will inform the next generation of
cold-roof designs. We are using sensors to monitor the performance of
a custom-designed cold roof on one of our constructed projects in the
High Sierra. Data from these sensors, which collect temperature readings
every 15 minutes from key locations, formed the basis of a paper presented
at the Fourth International Conference on Snow Engineering in Trondheim,
Norway. Learn more…
- Faced with stringent code requirements governing a client’s building,
Matrix IMA developed and tested a method to raise the fire rating of gypsum-board
ceilings. Our system not only met our client’s needs and testing
agency criteria, it was approved by the International Conference of Building
Officials and published in an ICBO report as ER-5857.