Matthew Viederman Architect PC was founded in 1998 and has worked with all manner of clients, consultants, and contractors on diverse projects as energy efficient house renovations, adaptive re-use, and commercial and residential interiors.
Even today, a typical house is conceived and built with well-known construction industry and code requirements and has both positive and some negative features of built spaces that we take for granted. Drafty, with indoor air quality consistent with the standards, the typical house generally does not perform well from a point of view of energy and material resources. The focus of the practice of Matthew Viederman is to make buildings better, more energy efficient and sustainable than what the standards dictate.
Central to this is Passive House design. A passive house is an ultra-insulated, air-tight building with high performance, triple glazed windows that is built with a high degree of detailing and quality control. As a result, the large mechanical system of a traditional house is sized down considerably yielding energy savings. Added benefits include higher quality indoor air due to filtration through a ventilation system with heat recovery, enhanced sound deadening, and low operation and maintenance costs. Regardless of budget, site conditions, or programmatic constraints, MVA approaches all its projects with these sustainability and energy efficiencies in mind, weighing long term operating costs versus initial constructions costs. High quality design conception and construction practices are essential to achieve these ends.
Passive house strategies will be employed in all sectors of the building industry and will not be limited to individual houses. They can be implemented in any project. Because buildings and building functions use 50% of the total energy usage in the US, building codes are only now beginning to make greater demands on designers on the energy performance of the building. MVA is keen to surpass these standards on every project.
New York native Matthew Viederman received his B.A. from Columbia University and an M.Arch from Yale University in 1988. Upon completing his formal education, he lived in Paris for 7 years where he worked on a variety of cultural and public projects such as the Grand Louvre with I.M. Pei, and on European projects for Arata Isozaki. After a stint in the Paris office Architecture Studio to work on the European Parliament in Strasburg, he returned to NY in 1995, to work for James Stewart Polshek & Partners on the Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
MVAPC was founded in 1998 and has worked with all manner of clients, consultants, and contractors on diverse projects as energy efficient house renovations, adaptive re-use, and commercial and residential interiors.
2012 Certified Passive House Designer, PHI (PassivHaus Institute, Darmstadt, Germany)
2012 Certified Associate ARSCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association)
2009 LEED AP Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Matthew Viederman is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey