MFx16: MF Architecture Launches a New Collaborative Identity


Beginning this summer, Matt Fajkus Architecture launches a new collaborative identity: MFx. As an extension of MF Architecture, MFx was created to explore unknown variables in the field of architecture and beyond, with the intention of adding a new dynamic to the Austin creative scene.

Matt Fajkus states, “Since the inception of the firm, we have been working towards expanding the relevance of the architectural discipline among the general public and within popular culture. Similar to our installation designs, each MFx initiative will be different to explore various threads of research and built work. The potential is exhilarating."

“But first and foremost,” he adds, “we are thrilled to have the very first MFx collaborators on board for what we believe will be a fun and challenging summer.”

The inaugural MFx is referred to as MFx16, which is comprised of 11 collaborators for the summer of 2016. The MFx team consists of students from various schools of architecture from around the country, including current UT-Austin School of Architecture students: Fiona (Yee Sang) Wong [B.Arch.’18], Kendall Claus [M.Arch.’16], Sean O’Brien [M.Arch.’16], and Ui Jun Song [B.Arch.’18]; as well as Zahid Alibhai of Cornell University [M.Arch.’16] and UTSOA [Bs.Arch.Engi.’10], Ashley Dotson of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [B.Arch.’19], Garrett Callen of Texas A&M University [B.Envirn.Design’16], Janet Ni of Rice University School of Architecture [B.Arch.’19], Paul Holmes of Tulane University School of Architecture [M.Arch.’18], Jeremy Jackson and Laura Kurtz of Louisiana State University School of Architecture [B.Arch.’17].

This summer’s effort is in the interest of MF Architecture being a reflective practice which not only designs and realizes buildings, but aims to learn from the firm’s built and unbuilt projects in a critical experimental loop. “For me, this moment in time represents a critical junction in the evolution of the practice. Over the past several years, we have been fortunate to develop a diverse body of creative work, and I feel that now is both a time to take a step back to critically analyze the work we’ve done and to simultaneously delve into new exploratory work. I envision this new work to be partially spawned by defined trajectories, arisen from this summer’s analysis,” elaborates Fajkus. 

“The question of whether Architecture is still relevant has come up a lot lately, especially with the field of Engineering and other consultant specialties on the rise, “ says Fajkus, “The Museum of Modern Art in New York, for example, is closing its gallery related to architecture and design. Is Architecture becoming less relevant? How can we increase its relevance and affect more positive change though design? That’s what MFx is here for. The MF Architecture team and I look forward to the exciting discoveries and opportunities this collaborative identity will bring.”

To learn more about the MFx folks, watch for upcoming interviews with each team member to be posted on the blog over the new few weeks.