Matthew Baran

Licenses & Certification

California Architects Board:
License No. 28926, 2001

United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
Accredited Version 2.1, completed 2002


University of California Berkeley
Master of Architecture (Post-Professional), 2008
Programs and Research:
Thesis: The Space of Erasure: Extraction, Adaptation and the Zero Street

University of Southern California
Bachelor of Architecture, 1996, Cum Laude
Programs and Research:
Thesis: Digital Analog Intersections: Overlapping Spaces of Real and Virtual Worlds
V.R. Research: Development of coding software for virtual reality experimentation
Shelters: Construction and deployment of portable homeless shelters


Critic. Various Locations
Invited critic final and miscellaneous reviews, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, California College of the Arts, Academy of Art College. 2005-2008

Architecture 101. University of California, Berkeley
Lecturer for upper division design studio. Focused primarily on the use of digital tools to analyze site and project concepts, resulting in an emergent form. Spring Semester 2010

Architecture 608. Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Lecturer for graduate division design studio. Site studio, rendering understandings of site through machines and digital tools. Fall Semester 2009, Spring Semester 2010

Architecture 100b. University of California, Berkeley
Lecturer for upper division design studio. Educational goals included understanding conceptual and analytical design tools and methodology. Summer Semester 2009

Environmental Design 11b. University of California, Berkeley
Lecturer for second year introductory design studio. Educational goals included understanding formal and spatial concepts, and various modes of design representation. Summer Semester 2008

‘Urban Plan’. Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA.
Volunteer for Urban Land Institute program to educate high school students about real estate development from various design and financial perspectives, 2007

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA)

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Member

San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR) Member

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Member

Other Activity

Apollo Alliance
Assisted in the establishment of a West Oakland Apollo Alliance through the development of an Apollo Green Building pilot project

Habitat For Humanity: Site Selection Volunteer
Assisted in the initial stages of the selection of possible project sites and contributed to the development of materials for the promotion of Habitat to potential donors