Clean | simple and clutter free + environmentally friendly
Clear | approachable language + solid communication
Current | fresh ideas that work today + timeless design
ARX is an architecture practice putting clients first and designing projects across the Triangle.
| 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.
The result of our collaborative design process is a space that works perfectly for you.
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
Your goals are our goals.
| Work with us.
| We make you part of the team from the beginning.
| We keep things simple, clean, and clear in our designs and processes.
| We bring the builder in early to sidestep surprises in pricing and construction.
The Overview | We believe in forming a full team early in the project. First, we determine the most effective and enjoyable ways to communicate with you. Then, we pull your builder into the process as early as possible. This creates a team that can set achievable expectations and sidestep surprises. Involving the contractor in preliminary phases also provides pricing in time to ensure that you are applying your resources to the greatest project priorities.
MATT | Founding Architect
ALLYSON | Project Designer
SEAN | Intern
Matthew Szymanski, AIA | Architect, Owner
What is an Arx?
An arx is a strong, simple, one-room tower that served multiple uses and required little maintenance. This flexibility and ease of use is something we strive for in every design.
Arx is the Latin root word for architecture so.... shorthand for what we do every day.
We like our designs and our design process to be clear, simple, and clean but heavy in impact and lasting results.