Matthew Pitzer

Matthew Pitzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Practice Leader, joined CHA Architecture in 2016 after spending almost fifteen years in Boston as a designer specializing in higher education and preservation of prominent historic structures. Matt manages a number of complex projects that require a thorough understanding of historic building techniques and current building science techniques for durable, healthy, energy-efficient buildings.

He is an adept project manager with excellent organizational and planning skills and a personal commitment to design that confers broad social benefits. Most recently, he completed the design of the new Kate Furbish Elementary School, which will be built at the site of the former Jordan Acres School in Brunswick, Maine. Matt was also project manager and lead designer for the conversion of the Portland Press Herald headquarters, converting their existing press hall to their news room.

I believe that every building can serve a purpose, and it is our job as architects and designers to see a building's potential and understand that this may not be its original intended use.

Matt attended 11 schools before graduating high school, because his father was in the Navy. He enjoys spending time outside with his family. They can often be found gardening or working on the yard at home. When not around the house, Matt and his family like to go to the beach, relax at a lake, ski, or ice skate. And when he is not spending time with his family, Matt is busy in his wood shop or his garage building or fixing whatever is the project of the week.

Education
  • Northeastern University School of Architecture
    • Master of Architecture
    • B.S., Architecture
Credentials
  • Licensed Architect: MA and ME
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Membership
Industry Membership & Involvement
  • Member – Association for Preservation Technology (APTi), Modern Heritage Committee
  • Board Member – Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA)
 
Community Involvement
  • Former Mentor, Chairman of the Board (2019) – ACE Mentor Program of America, Maine Chapter
  • Trustee – Greater Portland Landmarks
Notable Projects