As of January 1, 2018, Northeast Ohio’s Peninsula Architects will be sharing their award-winning designs throughout Europe.

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing draw for Peninsula Architects to produce work in Europe.  In response, Peninsula Architects will be opening a design studio near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as they have found considerable demand for their clean, American approach to commercial and residential architecture.

As Peninsula’s European office is opened, and design teams are assembled in Amsterdam, key team members will be promoted and will share time between Europe and the U.S.  Matthew Schwarz will take on the role of chief operating officer and Nikolas Sirna will step into the role of principal.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been asked to offer more and more designs throughout North Western Europe,” said Peninsula Architect’s founder and president, Joseph Matava.  “We recently completed projects in both the Netherlands (Holland) and in France and are receiving an increasing number of inquiries from across Europe.”

Matava, a 1988 graduate of Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, started Peninsula Architects in 2001 and has built his design staff and his portfolio to include environmentally friendly designs (United States Green Building Council, Platinum certified USGBC LEED) for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Summit Metro Parks and Akron’s F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.  In addition to designing these state-of-the-art, “green” buildings, Peninsula Architects has designed dozens of notable, high-end homes across the United States and Canada.

“While it’s been exciting to develop our own style and have our work published in industry magazines, we’re especially looking forward to learning from the Dutch school of design and watching Peninsula (Architects) grow to the next level.” said Nik Sirna, principal for Peninsula Architects.  “Learning the techniques, standards and building materials available to us in Europe will help us add new innovations to what we design across Northeast Ohio and the United States.”

Peninsula Architects, founded in 2001, is a Northeast Ohio-based, nationally recognized architectural firm with extensive, award‐winning design experience.  The Peninsula team focuses on creating functional, attractive and cost-efficient, institutional and residential designs which integrate seamlessly into their natural settings.  Peninsula Architects offers a wide range of design services, including interior and landscape design, overall master planning and turnkey building projects. This comprehensive approach guides the firm in creating timeless and enduring architecture.