compMatter-TA is a discipline bending group with interests that span architecture, computation, design, and media. Our project range is rather scaleless, from the macro to the nano.
We could be working on a biomechanically actuated lighting array one day, and an urban master plan the next.
Sited in Los Angeles and operating as a research-oriented satellite of Trahan Architects, we constantly strive to create breakthroughs on many fronts such as: material testing and research, fabrication speculation, app development, and patent procurement.
We believe untapped design potential exists in the biological, mechanical, chemical, tech, and medical fields.
As such, our collaborators often include physicists, engineers, scientists,
artists, filmmakers, doctors, animators, and programmers. We are infinitely curious about what is next, and how we can be a part of it, through both technological and theoretical means.
Luis Quinones is a designer / computational designer living in Los Angeles. He received his Masters in Architectural Design from Tulane University where he was the recipient of the Best Thesis Award.
He received his bachelor of science in 2006 from York College of Pennsylvania, Majoring in Behavioral Science, with a concentration in Forensic + Physical Anthropology with a Minor in Psychology.
Formerly a Lead Designer at Emergent Architecture in Los Angeles , Luis specialized in advanced digital
and algorithmic design, he was a designer for two winning competitions during his time there. Luis’ research work has been exhibited globally as well as in sucker Punch,
Evolo | Architecure Magazine, Future Magazine and Popular Science .
He has taught computational and design workshops at Tongji University, Sci Arc, Texas Tech University, Tulane University, and Apo Mechanes in Athens, Greece. Most recently Luis lectured at Tongji University titled "Total Recall".
His current research focuses on non linear behavior, advanced material systems and algorithmic design.
David Stamatis was a Senior Designer at Emergent Architecture in Los Angeles since 2009. EMERGENT is an internationally recognized design office operating at the forefront of digital design since 1999.
The office’s work is driven by models of biology and computation as well as by contemporary design sensibilities. Various projects that David has led have been widely published, exhibited in world renowned galleries,
and have been awarded first place in international competitions.
David recieved his B.Arch with honors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His thesis work was exhibited and displayed at the Los Angeles Forum for Art and Architecture.
Jonathon Stahl was a lead designer at Testa Weiser, Inc., a multidisciplinary studio focused on the design of architecture, products, and media for clients worldwide. He co-teaches graduate advanced
design studios and seminars at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, SCI_Arc, with Peter Testa. Jonathon has also led computational design workshops at UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design school.
Jonathon holds an M.Arch II (with honors) from SCI_Arc where he received a graduate thesis scholarship for his role in ‘Blaxium Schemata’, a speculative project negotiating the impact of robotics, computation, and post-animation
on architects. He also holds a B.S.Arch (with honors) from Washington State University.
Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA is President and Principal-in-Charge of Trahan Architects, APAC, and has been recognized and published both nationally and internationally for innovative design and creative
use of materials. An accomplished designer, Mr. Trahan received the 2005 Architecture Review Emerging Architecture Award in London, one of three firms in the world to receive this recognition and the only U.S. firm honored.
In 2007, Trahan Architects was one of only five U.S. firms on Wallpaper Magazine’s list of the world’s 101 best emerging design firms. Mr. Trahan was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2006 at the age of 45.
Mr. Trahan participated in The Architectural League of New York’s 25th Anniversary Emerging Voices Lecture Series, an independent forum that recognizes architects whose work is gaining national and international attention. He is the recipient
of three National AIA Honor Awards in five years, and has won three international design competitions in Beijing, China. He is fluent in all phases of design and construction administration, and has served as principal-in-charge on projects up to $200 million.
Two of Mr. Trahan’s ecclesiastical projects, St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church and Holy Rosary Church Complex, are among the most published and honored sacred architecture projects in the world. Both designs received the National AIA Honor Award; and Mr. Trahan was
also honored by the Fondazione Frate Sole with the Award of Merit presented at the International Prize for Sacred Architecture ceremonies in Pavia, Italy for his design of Holy Rosary. Mr. Trahan was recognized along with Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Richard
Meier, whose design of the Jubilee Church in Rome garnered the top honors.
Mr. Trahan is an NCARB-accredited architect licensed to practice in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Texas.