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Moger Mehrhof Architects (MMA) began its creative existence in 2009. The founding principals focus their design exploration on finding relationships between dwellings and the landscape they inhabit.
Our work is informed by some basic ideas: that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspirational surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.
Matthew Moger’s talent and passion for sustainable design drives his work at MMA. He believes that good design is born out of true understanding of their client’s needs. This “understanding” gives purpose to his design explorations which focuses on: materials, surfaces, light, and the elegant connections that can be made.
Kirby Mehrhof shares in his partner’s passions for sustainable design, the use of materials and how natural light can be modulated to affect how we perceive a space. In addition, he is driven by his own passion for the art of the detail. He believes that fine detailing enhances the design concept and expresses an understanding of materials.
Our approach to “sustainable” design is rooted in the site itself. By orienting a building to the sun, passively heating & cooling the interior spaces, we encourage a connection between the structures and their inhabitants to the natural landscape.
“In listening we empathize. With empathy, design is informed.”
“To design is to explore. In exploration we find unanticipated answers.”
“To make objects, one must understand the nature of materials.”
“To construct sustainably is to build responsibly.”
“Living is to be aware of and appreciate all that surrounds us.”
Matthew Moger, RA Principal
Matthew is a founding partner and principal of MMA. With over two decades of experience, Matthew has worked on a broad range of project types including Private Residences, Adaptive Reuse and Master Planning. He is also recognized for his furniture and other related designs.
Matthew has received numerous awards for his design of both architecture and furniture and has been featured in a variety of publications including; Design New England, Eco-Houses, New England Home, Grid Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine and Cottages and Bungalows.
After receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from New York State University, Matthew traveled abroad to apprentice with some of the Netherlands's prominent furniture makers. During his travels, Matthew developed a passion for material expression and a new found respect for craft that became the foundation for his design approach.
Having worked on numerous high profile projects with internationally recognized designers, Matthew has developed a design philosophy based on the art of listening, rapid prototyping and environmental stewardship.
Outside of the office, Matthew is a husband, loving father and perpetual tinkerer of all things tinker-able.
Kirby Mehrhof, AIA Principal
Kirby is a founding partner and principal of MMA. With over thirty years of experience, he has worked on a variety of projects that range in scale from large institutional buildings to modest residential additions, many of which have been award winning projects.
Kirby received both his undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Virginia. After graduation, he began his career with an internationally known firm located in Philadelphia. Here he worked on many large scale award winning projects, among them was a design competition for a new capital building in Australia. This project went on to win the competition and now stands in the heart of Canberra, Australia. It was during his tenure at this firm that Kirby learned to appreciate how critical the relationship is between a building and it’s site and how important details are to the final outcome of a successful project.
Kirby has always been involved in programs in his community outside of his firm. He has served on many boards including eight years on his local AIA (American Institute of Architects) Chapter where he became President in 2012.
When not working, Kirby can be found sailing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay with his wife Roberta and their Jack Russell “Rosie” on their aptly named sailboat “Charrette”. The word Charrette is derived from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and is used to describe the final, intense work effort expended by architecture students to meet a project deadline. So regardless, you will find Kirby on Charrette.