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Matt Gilbertson



Prior to founding MGA Architecture in 2009, Matt Gilbertson was a full Partner, Principal, Officer and Board Member in two prominent Honolulu firms where he principally-directed efforts in design excellence, client, project and business development, sustainability initiatives, financial operations, and overall leadership.

Matt has been a persistent trailblazer on the local architecture scene, and committed to elevate the “Art of Architecture,” emphasizing the impact of design on our communities. Through progressive design and expanding the design vocabulary and conversation in Hawaii, he continues to open and challenge typical discussions about local architecture. Matt spearheaded the first TEDx opportunity for Waikiki, initiated interviews with Honolulu architects on design trends in Hawaii, and in 2015, began the weekly radio program, “Design Talk Hawaii” to explore the influences of design in our local urban neighborhoods, on the mainland and abroad. The show’s loyal audience continues to grow, and the focus on all elements of our community connected to design inspires fascinating “Conversations on the Creative Life of Hawaii.”

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as Pacific Edge Magazine’s 2014 Business Executive of the Year, and nominated as their Lifetime Achievement Honoree in 2018, Matt’s creative leadership has been responsible for several of Honolulu’s most iconic new commercial buildings of the past decade.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Waikiki Improvement Association, and was a Charter Committee Chairperson for TEDx Waikiki.


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