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Matthias Olt  |  Architect

RIBA, Dipl.-Ing., LEED AP

Matthias A. Olt, headshot

My vision is to create an architecture of sculptural lightness that inspires ideas, promotes joy, and elevates sustainable systems. 

Each design situation is unique because everyone I have ever worked with brings a unique perspective. I help my clients identify opportunities by generating ideas and developing value-driven solutions that solve complex architectural puzzles. I led the design of several high-profile mixed-use, corporate, commercial, and residential buildings, including towers of up to 275m. I am a resource for biophilic design and mass timber design. In 2022, I received a FastCompany Innovation by Design award and, in 2017, a Seattle AIA Honorable Mention for innovative use-neutral and mass timber high-rise buildings. I have built a competitive, sustainable design practice for a large, global architecture firm by spearheading a firm-wide sustainable design strategic plan. Today, as a principal in architecture, I am head of the architecture studio at IBI Group in Seattle, USA. 


I have a keen sense of market dynamics and realities and value the power of exploring new possibilities and imagining multiple alternatives. Successful projects emerge when we allow preconceived notions to fall away, making space for attitudes of curiosity, openness, and ambition.


What I stand for:

  • Collaboration and Commitment

  • Innovation

  • Inspiring Ideas

  • Fun!

My Clients 

non-exhaustive list 

Alaska Airlines



China Resources Land

City of Linz


Dubai Sports City


Grays Harbor College

GS Retail

Her Majesty’s Treasury


India Bulls

Jon and Mary Shirley

Kaiser Permanente

Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayan Foundation

Larsen & Toubro

Lincoln Properties






Ping An


Seattle Opera

Shanghai Kaisa

Seattle Colleges

Seattle Public Libraries

Tishman Speyer

Treuhand GmbH

Unico Properties


University of Washington

Urban Visions


Washington Holdings

Washington State University

Xi’an Experimental School

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