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Studio Matthews is a Seattle-based, woman-owned small business, and practice of designers, teachers, and makers. We are known for our award-winning design and elegant solutions, as well as our focus on environmental responsibility.

We begin our work by looking beyond the edges of a brief for unseen potential and opportunities to connect. As advocates and partners, we help our clients see what their projects could be. Together, we work to uncover deeper relationships between a project, its context, and those who encounter it. We strive to create work that elicits surprise and delight as often as it helps to connect and engage.

Our work takes many forms: Exhibitions, Installations, Wayfinding, Workplace, Branding, Illustration, Donor Recognition and Placemaking, as well as Landmark and other historically sensitive projects. Whatever the goal, we’ve found the work is most effective and powerful when it is fully integrated into the architecture or landscape, to be experienced as part of a complete environment. For that reason, we believe in and enjoy close collaboration with architects, landscape architects, and clients early in the design process, so that our work can successfully reinforce the project vision.

The Team


  • Communication Arts 2020 Design Annual, Award of Excellence
  • Core77 Design Awards 2020, Visual Communication Notable Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2020, Placemaking and Identity Honor Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2020, Finalist
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2019, Finalist
  • Communication Arts 2019 Design Annual, Award of Excellence
  • GRAY Awards 2019, Finalist
  • UCDA Annual Design Awards 2019, Gold Award
  • UCDA Annual Design Awards 2019, Excellence Award
  • Digital Signage Awards 2019, Workplace Communications, Winner
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2019, Finalist
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2017, Merit Award
  • Core77 Visual Communication Award, 2017
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2017, Merit Award
  • SEGD Honor Award, 2016
  • Type Directors Club Award, 2016
  • Core77 Design Awards 2015, Professional Notable Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2014, Visual Communication Professional Runner Up
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2013, Merit Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2011, Graphics, Branding, Identity Professional Notable Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2011, Public Installation Merit Award
  • 2011 365: Design Effectiveness AIGA Award

How We Work

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We are hiring!

Mid-level Designer

We’re on the hunt for a new team member with excellent visual design skills and an interest in materials and fabrication. We often collaborate with architects and landscape architects, so a working knowledge of these fields is a bonus.

Our projects are anything but cookie-cutter, so we seek a designer who enjoys being challenged by all kinds of projects, who has the highest standards for design, and who wants to create great things!


Technical Designer

Our studio is growing! We seek a technical designer with a 3d focus to develop dimensional designs and installations. Candidates should have experience in a related field: exhibition and installation design, custom fabrication, architecture, or industrial design.

We’re looking for someone with strong design skills as well as a deep understanding of materials, specifications and fabrication methods. A good sense of humor also goes a long way.