Matt earned his BA and BS in architecture from Washington State University in 1996. He played major roles working at different local Portland firms in the beginning of his career. In 2003 he founded Loosemore Design. After three years of working as a sole proprietor, he co-founded SUM Design Studio in 2006. Previously he taught as an adjunct professor within the Portland State University architecture program. In his 17 years of experience in the industry he has worked on numerous projects which vary in scale, typology, and clientele. His project experience includes residential, commercial, resort hotels, schools, libraries, and mixed use. Matt has a passion for modern design and infill development. To achieve this he believes that a successful practice of design is composed of three equal parts including interpersonal skill, client communication and aesthetics. Without the merger of these three components it is impossible to meet the needs of the community. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, and traveling.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Interior Design from Montana State University in 1992. After working for various architectural firms in Portland, he formed Hoffman Design Consultants in 2004. His 16+ years of work has established him as a respected designer in the commercial market by assisting large scale clients with new office spaces and new identities throughout the Northwest. In 2006 he co-founded SUM Design Studio. Since then, he’s worked on many residential and mixed use projects. In addition he has a lengthy commercial portfolio in tenant improvement. Outside of work he loves introducing his two boys to the outdoors, playing with power tools, and recognizing the finer aspects of the VW Bus.
Gene has over 20 years’ experience in a multitude of projects. Beginning his career in Chicago, Gene worked as an intern at a residential firm over the summers and breaks while in college. Upon graduation, Gene relocated to Oregon to enjoy the mix of the great outdoors he appreciated in Montana and the urban life he had grown up around while living in Chicago as a youth. After four years of working at the largest local firm in Salem, Gene changed careers and ventured into development. In the position of hiring architects and engineers, Gene gained experience with land use, financing, project management and construction of multi-million dollar projects. Eventually his passion led him back to architecture, and in 2001 he jointly started a local Salem architectural firm that has successfully completed many projects throughout the Willamette Valley and Pacific NW. Gene and his wife have four boys, and Gene is very passionate about muscle cars, of which he owns several.
Emily’s love for architecture and design was found when her creative endeavors of childhood collided with the ethical dilemmas of the “real world”. The field provides an opportunity to create beauty while taking on an endless range of important and relevant issues such as environmental degradation or social injustice. Emily received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is now eagerly exploring the opportunities that the industry has to offer – she loves the challenge of a new project! When she is not in the office, Emily can be found adventuring around Oregon, biking around the city, painting, cooking, practicing yoga and rearranging her apartment
Heather relocated to Portland in 2013 from her native SC. She earned a BFA in Interior Design from Converse College, and obtained 5+ years of experience before joining the SUM team. Heather has worked as a space planner on projects in fitness retail, healthcare, and residential design. She is rapidly expanding her knowledge of tenant improvement projects and is always striving to learn something new! When she’s not in the office creating a new to-do list, you can find her training for her next weightlifting meet, reading, singing (and dancing) along to her favorite songs, or exploring the outdoors with her husband.
Scott is born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, with a love for travel. He earned his BS Architectural Studies and M.Arch from Washington State University, and has worked in 7 different countries across 3 continents. Scott has been in Portland since 2012, and has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of firms before landing at SUM. He enjoys working intimately with motivated clients to achieve the best possible solution for their needs. Scott has a background in adaptive reuse commercial, community service, hospitality and single/multifamily residential. He believes that each project is unique and the most successful buildings respond directly to their environmental, cultural and social context. When not in the office, Scott can usually be found skiing, fishing, biking or woodworking.
Heather has a wide variety of project type experience including public spaces, spas, restaurants, senior living communities, multi-family and residential. As an NCIDQ-certified interior designer, she is passionate about pushing the boundaries of conventional design and strives to create warm, transformational spaces that are tailored to the unique needs of each and every client. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, Heather lived and worked in Asheville, NC for 7 years before being drawn to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For 11 years, Heather has worked for Myhre Group Architects, Architropolis, and now is happy to be a part of the SUM Design team. Heather has extensive experience as a Project Manager and Project Designer, and continues to bring her experience and drive to each new endeavor.
Wilson's dedication to the firm began at the early age of 10 weeks old. He's developed his skills as an office dog to consist mainly of spilling water, eating garbage, protecting staff from UPS and officially being the first one at the door when guests arrive. He is currently licensed in the state of Oregon and is up to date on all his vaccinations. When out of the office he enjoys spending time chasing squirrels, long walks on the beach, eating popcorn and generally being lazy.