ARX is an architecture practice putting clients first and designing projects across the Triangle.

Clean | simple and clutter free + environmentally friendly

Clear | approachable language + solid communication

Current | fresh ideas that work today + timeless design

The result of our collaborative design process is a space that works perfectly for you.

Your goals are our goals.

| We design living areas that pull friends and family together just the way you love to entertain.

| We create private spaces that combine the elements you need to get away from the world.

| We arrange bathrooms that match your desire for luxury and your need for efficiency.

| We organize your storage with space for the stuff you need but don't want to have to look at.

| We lay out kitchens so well that they feel like you have a sous chef.

Thank you for the kind words.


"Matthew has one of the rarest qualities in a professional of any discipline, the ability to listen. Matthew and his team...listened to our ideas, which admittedly were not always good...or in our best interest. Matthew had the ability to pull...the essentials of what we were trying to achieve with the way we lived our lives and enjoyed our family, to achieve a design that supported the goals underlying our words. He went beyond what we were asking for to find what we truly wanted."

Neil H. | Home Owner, Amazing Dad and Doctor

"Matthew Szymanski was an exceptional architect who we worked with in the revamping our out little old ranch into the show piece home we wanted. We bought our home when we had no kids. A decade and three kids later we...wanted to stay in the neighborhood...but the house...had to change. We...immediately knew that Matthew was the right person to work with. He listened to our wishes and needs and added incredible ideas to transform the dark 3-bedroom ranch into a gorgeous 6-bedroom home with room for the kids, floor to ceiling windows, a breath-taking staircase and views of Chapel Hill, all while being respectful to the neighborhood and the natural space around our home."

Lisa M. | Home Owner, Super Mom and Art Collector

"Matthew was easy to work with, knowledgeable, efficient and intuitive. My home design underwent a number of iterations; during the process Matthew consistently and quickly came up with good solutions to difficult problems. He also was excellent at steering me toward design solutions that would work from my own idiosyncrasies but would also maintain the value of my house in the general marketplace."

Ken G. | Home Owner, Pianist and Music Patron

Our Team

SEAN | Project Designer

CARLIE | Project Designer

MATT | Owner, Architect

Matthew Szymanski, AIA | Architect, Owner


Matthew is an architect with over 20 years of experience working in the design & construction industry in the Triangle. He has focused on residential architecture & small commercial projects. Matthew is most known for listening well, creatively solving the problems, and maximizing the potential of spaces. He endeavors to start each project by building a team of the stakeholders.

"I consider myself a place maker. I help people create spaces to live, work, rest, recharge, get away, or host a crowd. A well-designed space draws you in, makes you feel like it is good to be there, and leaves you remembering that feeling when you leave."

"Sometimes we help people design their dream homes from scratch. We take all pieces of ideas they bring and turn them into one, whole home. Other times, we strategically expand or carve out spaces to upgrade the function of existing homes. I believe in the importance of preserving resources, including the established neighborhoods of this area. I enjoy working with homeowners to unlock the possibilities within existing houses so they can work for another season of life and stay part of thriving neighborhoods."

Matthew has done extensive work with community outreach programs like SPARKcon, Wake Up Wake County, Neighbor2Neighbor, and Habitat for Humanity that promote the positive impact of good design. He is a past-president of the American Institute of Architects, Triangle Chapter and continues to pour into the next generation of great Triangle architects.

In his free time: Matthew enjoys travel, art, hiking and building furniture.

Sean Pike | Project Designer


Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. He has done very interesting work with CEDaR on the issue of sustainability in the communities of mobile home parks, with the intent of bettering the livability and the reducing the environmental risk of these communities within Boulder County."


"I'm interested in flood water control, environmental climate change, and how spaces impact the people within them. I'm ready to jump into residential architecture and construction. I like to create the models and drawings that help people visualize their projects."


In his free time: Sean enjoys volleyball, trail running, and classical music.

Carlie Gillespie | Project Designer


Carlie is a graduate of NCSU with a degree in Environmental Design, emphasis in Architecture. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She is interested in the experiential qualities of architecture and their impacts on the community and environment.


“Great spaces affect our everyday lives. Our homes, businesses, and built communities shape our moods and experiences. Quality design is imperative to quality living. Every space is worthy of care and attention to detail. I look forward to serving my community to make the spaces we inhabit extraordinary.”


In her free time: Carlie enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time outdoors


What is an Arx?

An arx is a strong, hill-top tower. They are simple, one-room buildings that served multiple uses and required little maintenance. This flexibility and ease of use is something we instill in our designs.

We like our designs and our design process to be clear, simple and clean but heavy in impact and lasting results.