OUR VISION

Responding to the unique circumstances of client, context and building materials, Peninsula Architects creates sustainable, timeless design integrated into the natural setting. Offering a wide variety of design services, the firm works with its clients and consultants to create a complete built environment. This environment not only meets functional needs, it moves beyond to fulfill each client’s heartfelt desire to create a place with significance and meaning.

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Joseph Matava AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Joseph Matava AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal, Director of Design

Joseph founded Peninsula Architects with a keen interest in an integrated environmental design.  His background in landscape architecture finds its way into most projects as the firms work seeks to find the perfect balance between the natural and built worlds.

Joe sees architecture as an act of building, rather than solving a series of static design problems.  This has led the firm to create innovative, practical and cost effective solutions on a wide array of project types.  He has led the firm to push for a high level of craft in all of its work while seeking to celebrate place through form, materiality and detail.

Joe splits his time between the US and Dutch offices

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University

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Matthew Schwarz, LEED AP

Matthew Schwarz, LEED AP

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Schwarz decided to go into architecture when a Kent State student visited his art class in the 7th grade.  He is involved with all aspects of a project and also helps out with code interpretation and accessibility guidelines.  In addition to design, CAD, and code, Matt helps manage our office and keeps us supplied with exotic coffee creamers.  Beyond architecture, his love of reading led him to a Masters of Library Science.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Ohio State University
Master of Library and Information Science, Kent State University

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Nikolas Sirna

Nikolas Sirna

Principal

Nik Sirna approaches architecture as the unique opportunity to create an experience. He believes that architecture is the artistic response to a problem or situation. Design is personal, therefore each and every circumstance is different which allows him to exude his fresh perspective on all facets of our process. When not designing, Nik puts his energy towards developing the office culture and searches for ways to enhance our vision and footprint among the landscape.

Master of Architecture, Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University

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Christopher Bach

Christopher Bach

Project Manager

Chris Bach has been bringing his years of diverse experience to Peninsula Architects since 2012. Born and raised in New York and then relocating to Los Angeles has exposed Chris to world renowned offices and allowed him to develop extensive design and management expertise on a broad spectrum of building types. Mr. Bach has particular talent in research, management and problem resolution involving a wide range of historical, programmatic, design and budgetary issues. Chris approaches all of his work with the understanding that an architect must provide professional service as well as creative vision.

Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute

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Nathan Bailey

Nathan Bailey

Project Architect

Nate Bailey brings a balanced design sensibility and graphics to the office and is instrumental in generating insightful diagrams and renderings to advance projects. His thoughtful approach and good sense of humor lightens the office culture and his appreciation for good food always has him searching for the newest restaurant.

Master of Architecture, Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University
Associate of Arts, Owens Community College

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Joseph Matava AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal, Director of Design

Joseph founded Peninsula Architects with a keen interest in an integrated environmental design.  His background in landscape architecture finds its way into most projects as the firms work seeks to find the perfect balance between the natural and built worlds.

Joe sees architecture as an act of building, rather than solving a series of static design problems.  This has led the firm to create innovative, practical and cost effective solutions on a wide array of project types.  He has led the firm to push for a high level of craft in all of its work while seeking to celebrate place through form, materiality and detail.

Joe splits his time between the US and Dutch offices

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University

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Matthew Schwarz, LEED AP

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Schwarz decided to go into architecture when a Kent State student visited his art class in the 7th grade.  He is involved with all aspects of a project and also helps out with code interpretation and accessibility guidelines.  In addition to design, CAD, and code, Matt helps manage our office and keeps us supplied with exotic coffee creamers.  Beyond architecture, his love of reading led him to a Masters of Library Science.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Ohio State University
Master of Library and Information Science, Kent State University

Email Matthew

Nikolas Sirna

Principal

Nik Sirna approaches architecture as the unique opportunity to create an experience. He believes that architecture is the artistic response to a problem or situation. Design is personal, therefore each and every circumstance is different which allows him to exude his fresh perspective on all facets of our process. When not designing, Nik puts his energy towards developing the office culture and searches for ways to enhance our vision and footprint among the landscape.

Master of Architecture, Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University

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Christopher Bach

Project Manager

Chris Bach has been bringing his years of diverse experience to Peninsula Architects since 2012. Born and raised in New York and then relocating to Los Angeles has exposed Chris to world renowned offices and allowed him to develop extensive design and management expertise on a broad spectrum of building types. Mr. Bach has particular talent in research, management and problem resolution involving a wide range of historical, programmatic, design and budgetary issues. Chris approaches all of his work with the understanding that an architect must provide professional service as well as creative vision.

Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute

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Nathan Bailey

Project Architect

Nate Bailey brings a balanced design sensibility and graphics to the office and is instrumental in generating insightful diagrams and renderings to advance projects. His thoughtful approach and good sense of humor lightens the office culture and his appreciation for good food always has him searching for the newest restaurant.

Master of Architecture, Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Kent State University
Associate of Arts, Owens Community College

Email Nathan