Matthew McGann

  • Artist / Junior Architect

Highly professional, motivated and versatile architectural designer with an eye for detail and an international source of experience and skills.

I am a Junior Architect and an independent multi-media artist (primarily in painting, drawing, and sculpture). Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1991, I moved to New York City in 2010 and received my BA in Architecture from Pratt Institute. I am currently a Junior Architect at Radoslav Opacic Architects in Irvington, NY. My interdisciplinary career allows me to express my passion for design, art and creativity that emerged early in my life. My training in architecture fostered technical and theoretical competencies (sociological, cultural, and political) that informs the content and form of his practice. In my current position at Radoslav Opacic Architects, I have several responsibilities such as creating and organizing the technical drawings for construction, preparing the schematic design presentations through digital and hand-drawn means, and assisting with administrative responsibilities within the office and with members of the construction team.

My artwork focuses on the relationship between form and function. This approach contributes to and draws from my architectural practice in which I am committed to exploring the interrelationship between subjects and the materiality of the spaces they occupy. My creative practice uses diverse material and design elements to re-narrate objects or moments in time that have personal significance. This process of re-narration provides an opportunity for two different kinds of exploration. First, it allows me to re-symbolize and re-purpose the object or moment – creating new meanings and functions for myself and for audience members. Second, it facilitates an exploration of materials – individually and in relationship to one another – and the opportunity to play with contrast and tension – dark vs. light, solid vs. translucent vs. transparent. This re-narrative approach is the central methodology that informs my creative practice. I use it to craft a stream-lined aesthetic in producing re-narrations in simple but strong and deliberate forms and shapes.

Experience

Junior Architectural Designer at Opacic Archtects

June 2015 – Present Irvington, NY

Responsible for preparing technical drawings that articulate the vision of the design and client as well as provide technical direction to the construction team. I also assist in design presentations through digital and/or hand-drawn renders. I will also help to coordinate administrative decisions with members of the building team to ensure the construction process is going correctly and efficiently.

Architectural Design Internship at Atelier- Vidal

May 2014 – August 2014 Kingston, Jamaica

Assisted in the design and technical drawings of residential projects and luxury hotel developments in Jamaica.
I was a member of a team that worked on the building survey for a wealthy client who appears on the Forbes List of Wealthiest Individuals.
I was also put in charge of a residential project where I would meet and collaborate with the client.

Architectural Design Internship at Design Collaborative

July 2012 – August 2012 Kingston, Jamaica

Created a conceptual design of a large multipurpose development in Jamaica. This comprised of a resort area, commercial area, and residential lots which was later presented to the client and approved.

Skills

Rhinoceros 3dAutodesk RevitAutodesk AutocadAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopMaxwell RendersAdobe InDesignModel MakingTechnical DrawingsRenderings

Education

BA of Architecture at Pratt Institute

September 2010 – May 2015 Brooklyn, NY

Cumulative GPA- 3.5
Participated in Pratt Rome Program Spring 2014
Presidents List

High School Diploma at American International School of Kingston

September 2006 – May 2009 Kingston, Jamaica

Received the Citizenship Award
Member of Future Leaders Alumni
Member of The National Honors Society (2007- 2009)

Specialties

Rhinoceros 3dMaxwell RendersAutodesk AutocadAutodesk RevitPhotoshopInDesignSketchupIllustratorModel MakingPhotography

Awards

Honor for Recognition in Architectural Excellence, 2021 AIA WHV Design Awards

The awards was given to my firm for a project that I was project manager for

Archived for Representation III, Pratt Institute

Archived for Intermediate Design II, Pratt Institute

Archived for Comprehensive Design I, Pratt Institute

Archived for Comprehensive Design II, Pratt Institute

Archived for Advanced Design I, Pratt Institute

Archived for Materials and Methods, Pratt Institute

Exhibitions

Spring Showcase Group

Solas Studios NYC Manhattan, NY

A quarterly exhibition that features work of select members.