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Male, born 1966-12-04

Associated with the firms network

Boodjeh, K., Architects; Olson / Sundberg, Architects; Weinstein Architects + Urban Designers LLC

Professional History


Intern, K. Boodjeh Architects, Arcata, CA, 08/1995-08/1996.

Intern, Olson Sundberg Architects, Seattle, WA, 06/1997-12/1997.

Principal, Weinstein A+U, Architects + Urban Designers, LLC, Seattle, WA, 12/1999-05/2016; Aalfs became a Registered Architect in the State of WA in 2002. He wrote of his responsibilities at Weinstein A+U for the networking web site LinkedIn in 2012: "I am a lead designer, a project manager and a project architect at Weinstein A+U. As a firm principal, I assist in marketing and client development, and also head the hiring, staffing, professional development, and mentoring for the firm." (See LinkedIn, "Matt Aalfs,"accessed 09/28/2012; altered by 08/03/2016.) A later LinkedIn text summarized Aalfs role within Weinstein: "Architect Matt Aalfs was the managing principal and a design lead at Weinstein AU in Seattle, Washington for 16 years. In his design role, Aalfs' primary focus is on community facilities, innovative workplaces, and adaptive re-use projects." (See LinkedIn, "Matt Aalfs," accessed 08/03/2016.)

While at Weinstein A+U, Aalfs participated in the design of the following commissions: J&M Hotel, historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse, historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; the Eitel Building's historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; the Standard Building's historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; the Union Stables Building historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; 1200 3rd Avenue Office Building, historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; Tune Headquarters, Seattle, WA; Town Hall Seattle historic renovation / adaptive re-use, Seattle, WA; Skyway Library, Skyway, WA; Kenmore Library, Kenmore, WA; Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch, Seattle, WA; King County Library System (KCLS), Southcenter Library Expansion, Southcenter, Mall, Tukwila, WA; Kitsap Regional Library, Bainbridge Library Renovation Project (unbuilt), Bainbridge, Island, WA; Waiohuli Community Center and Child Care Center, Kula, Maui, HI; Whitman College Sherwood Athletic Center, Walla Walla, WA.

Principal, BuildingWork, LLC, Architects, Seattle, WA, 05/2016-present.


Guest Lecturer/Design Critic, UW, Department of Architecture, Seattle, WA.

Design Studio Instructor, University of Washington, Architecture in Rome Program, Rome, Italy, 2001.

Professional Activities

LEED Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter.

Co-Chair, AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable Committee, 2010-2012.

Member, Professionals Advisory Council (PAC), University of Washington, Department of Architecture, 01/2012-present.

Graduate, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Northwest Center for Sustainable Leadership, 09/2012-present.

Professional Awards

Aalfs participated in the following award-winning projects while in the Weinstein A+U office: Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation, Washington State Historic Preservation Awards, Union Stables, Seattle, WA, 2015; Renovation of the Year, National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, (NAIOP), Union Stables, Seattle, WA, 2015; Civic Design Honor Award, AIA Washington, Kenmore Library, Kenmore, WA, 2012; Citation, AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Awards, Kenmore Library, Kenmore, WA, 2012; Commendation, AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Kenmore Library, Kenmore, WA, 2011.



B.A., Art, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, 1985–1989; Post-graduate Certificate in Art. University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, 1991-1992.

B.Arch., Coursework, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, 1994-1995.

M.Arch, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1996-1999. The Weinstein A+U web site said of Matt in 2014: "Matt’s collaborative style consistently influences outcomes for the better—as does his commitment to the thoughtful use of resources. He has significant experience with the design of responsive community facilities and mixed-use projects." (See Weinstein A+U, "A Collaborative Team of Disciplined Designers: Matt Aalfs,"accessed 09/10/2014; no longer accessible 08/03/2016.)

While at the University of Washington, Aalfs took courses at the UW Rome Center in 1999. Ed Weinstein, Aalfs's colleague at Weinstein A+U also attended the UW Rome Center and was one of the first students to participate in the program.



Aalfs was born in Sacramento County, CA, in 1966.


He wed Lynn Marie Stadum (born c. 07/30/1967 in CA). She grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, graduating from Huntington Beach High School. They divorced in WA on 06/14/2004. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014, accessed 02/07/2022.)

Biographical Notes
Member, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Board of Directors, Seattle, 2015-present.

PCAD id: 6489