Charles Matz is an associate professor of architecture and interior design and director of the Center of Excellence in Data Visualization, Entertainment, and Education Engineering at New York Tech. A member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, Matz is a certified interior designer and principal of Charles Matz Architect PC. He is also a partner of Crucible Press, LLC, and Crucible Arts Project Consulting Group.
Prior to joining New York Tech, Matz worked for the late Michael Jackson as producer, creative director, designer, and logistics expert. As in-house architect for the board of the Princeton University Club, he participated in over twenty major renovations and new works over a period of fifteen years, including renovations at the university's Engineering Quadrangle, where projects have included the Graduate Student Center and Deans' Executive Wing, lecture halls, and laboratories.
Among Matz's clients are HRH the Prince of Wales, Musée du Louvre, Château de Versailles, the New York Stock Exchange, Sony (with more than 150 broadcast media, stage, and music productions), J. Walter Thompson Advertising, BBDO, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, Viacom, Disney, the National Gallery Prague, and the Foundation for the History of Photography at Fratelli Alinari (Florence). Matz developed manufacturing and graphic brand strategies and participated in construction planning of global corporate projects, including environmental graphics efforts.
Applying his multidisciplinary approach to the field of hospitality and retail design, Matz authored the master plan/renewal strategy, and acted as owner's chief architect, for the renovation and branding efforts at the Princeton and Columbia Clubs of New York, as well as at the historic New York social club The Cosmopolitan.
Matz's research at New York Tech focuses on 3-D data visualization for built works. He has laser scanned (using LIDAR technology-light detection and ranging) the medieval walled city of Jugol Harar in Ethiopia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as multiple heritage sites in Italy.
Matz grew up in Venice, Italy, and New York City, where he earned a bachelor of architecture from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He also has a post-graduate diploma in strategy and innovation from the University of Oxford.
Professional Licenses and Memberships
- State of New York, Architecture
- State of New Jersey, Architecture
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
- Royal Institute of British Architects
- American Institute of Architects
- Architectural Association: London, England
- NCIDQ, National Council Interior Design Qualification
- Interior Design Educators Council
- National Council of Interior Design Qualification
Exhibitions and Presentations
- Co-curator, "Franco Purini: Selected Works." Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York. October 2017.
- Keynote speaker, "From Concept to Hard-Won Reality: A discourse between artists and design professionals." Sanskitri Kendra Foundation, New Delhi. 2016.
- Keynote speaker, "A World Room." MOOCs and Beyond, a conference on data visualization, educational technology, online learning, and online information mapping organized by New York Institute of Technology with Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, Jiangsu, P.R. China. May 28-29, 2015.
- Exhibition organizer, with content from Johns Hopkins University Evergreen Museum (curator), "Erno Fabry; European Modernism in the United States." Center Gallery, NYIT-Long Island Campus, 2010.
- Exhibition organizer and curator, "Ricardo Porro, Architect: Buildings in Cuba and France." Center Gallery, NYIT-Long Island Campus, 2010.
- Exhibition and roundtable organizer, "Shapeshifting: Rapid prototyping and its expanding role in design practice." AIA New York Chapter, Center for Architecture.
- Poster presenter, "Meditation and Visualization in Architectural Practice." The Oxford Conference at the Examination Schools, University of Oxford, England.
- Guest lecturer, "Meditation and Visualization in Architectural Practice." Butler Rogers Baskett Architects and Planners Guest Lecture Series.
- Lecturer, "Complete Communion." NYIT School of Architecture and Design.
- Exhibiting artist, New York Tech Faculty and Staff, Gallery 61, New York Institute of Technology.
"Red." February 14-29, 2008.
"Works on Paper: Hanna Brunner, Charles Matz, and Jean Pike." December 11-January 29, 2009.
"Animal Magnetism." March 5-April 2, 2009.
"Urbanessence." September 9-October 7, 2010.
"Black and White: Extreme Value." November 3-28, 2011.
"Traces." Lidar and laser scanning. November 11, 2014-January 11, 2015.
- Author, "Environmental Geography," Chapter 44 of The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions, Robert Brinkmann and Sandra J. Garren (editors). Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
- Co-executive editor, Paul Rudolph: The New Space Concept, by Sean Khorsandi and Dan Webre, edited by Jonathan Dillon. Crucible Press, 2018.
- Editor, Concrete Perception: Formalism, Architecture, and Gordon Matta-Clark, by Jonathan Dillon. Crucible Press, 2016.
- Author, "Pandora's Box," LIDAR Magazine, 2015.
- Author, "3D Laser Scanning Research in Interior Design Practice," IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council Newsletter, pp 22-23, Spring 2014.
- Co-author, Lollipop. BIS Publishers, the Netherlands, 2011.
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- Architecture Design IV, V
- From Computers to Presentation
- Portfolio Preparation
- Fundamentals of Design II
- Interior Design Required History Courses
- Lighting Design Strategies for Interiors
- Research in Architecture
- Senior Thesis in Interior Design
- Senior Thesis in Architecture, Design VII and VIII
- Special Studies in Architecture
- Special Studies in Furniture Design and Materials
- Special Studies in History and Delineation
- Special Topics in History
- Study Abroad: Summer Program to the Arab Republic of Egypt
- Study Abroad: Summer Program to the United Kingdom, France, and Italy
- Technical Drawing
- Visualization I