Karin Matz

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Q1. Tell us something about you both as an individual and also as an Architect?
KM : I am brought up in Sweden but spend all my summers in Germany on a small island. This, I think, made me interested in different places and cultures. I remember growing up being incredibly jealous of all the children who got to live in other countries because their parents had some sort of international jobs. Directly after high school I left Sweden to live in new places; never staying more then one and half year in the same one. Understanding how everyday life looks like in different places is fascinating. Since two years I am now back full time in Stockholm. Maybe this curiosity (or maybe restlessness) and interest in people and places has also affected the architecture. I find it fascinated with everyday life and with people’s different stories and experiences. As an architect I find myself keep being unable to avoid contrast in everything I do.

Q2. Where have you been educated/ trained?
KM : I have studied architecture at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australian - at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh-Scotland and at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

Q3. Every architect has a signature style, what is your signature style?
KM : I don’t know exactly what my style is. I guess I can recognize this thing with contrast reoccurring. I also know that I like to work with restrictions, like special ones (strange spaces or spaces which are really too small for everything which should go in there) or economical ones (making much with little). I am also fascinated by standard products and systems - modifying them to make them personal-standard. Apart from that I believe other people can describe my style better then my-self probably.

Contributed by: Ar. Karin Matz

Complete Article are available in Building Giants Aug 2014 Issue

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