At GO Logic we embrace the time-honored ideals of architecture. We are passionately committed to work that both supports and elevates our clients and their communities. We are equally committed to pushing the boundaries of our profession by advancing the process and systems of design and construction.

 

Developments in climate change, building science, and information technology converge now in a way that challenges traditional modes of practice. Our collective experience, in leading universities and firms in Europe and North America, leads us to view this moment as an historic opportunity. In response, we’ve structured our firm differently from most of our peers, as a design/build organization with a robust R&D division. The result has been not only to speed improvements in our buildings’ energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, but also to add richness and relevance to their aesthetic dimension.

 

GO Logic’s home ground is the coast and rural uplands of Maine, and our work reflects the gifts and challenges we find here: a rich natural environment, an austerely beautiful regional architecture, and the rigors of a northern climate. Our approach to design grows from our dialogue with this landscape and our efforts to do it justice. We are influenced by European attitudes toward efficiency and durability, but we strive for buildings that are at home in their geographical and cultural context. Our work internalizes the aesthetic mode of modernism, while reflecting our deep appreciation for the local and vernacular, and our perception that every building exists in relationship with its neighbors and the environment.

 

We also recognize that the environment is changing. In this regard we take our responsibility as architects with the utmost seriousness, because the decisions we make today will lock in patterns of building performance and resource consumption that will long outlive us. We respond by employing tools of imaging and analysis to improve energy efficiency and durability; structuring our practice to integrate not only architecture and construction, but also research and development; and by elevating building performance to a status on par with the fundamental considerations of light, space, form, and materiality.

 

Seeing opportunities for innovation in high performance construction, we designed an economical superinsulated shallow foundation system (now patented) and a Passive House-optimized, factory-panelized building shell system that can accommodate a 600-square-foot cottage as well as a 300-unit multifamily development. To maximize time and material efficiency, we make extensive use of computer modeling in fabricating large building assemblies. We are currently collaborating with the University of Maine and Maine Technology Institute to develop a high performance nanocellulose wood fiber insulation that could yield a renewable, low-embodied-energy alternative to rigid foams derived from fossil fuels.

 

Our baseline for every project is the Passive House standard of energy performance and indoor air quality. We embrace that constraint—just as we embrace site, program, and budget—using it to inform and enrich our architecture. Advancements in communication and monitoring technologies allow us to maintain a robust information loop between our design studio and our field crews, fostering rapid improvement in building performance and construction efficiency, and enhancing our ability to approach performance imperatives as aesthetic opportunities.

Our goal is an architectural language that expresses building performance not only as a practical and social value, but also as an avenue of aesthetic expression. Northern climates call for a wall section over a foot thick, a feature we often use to express solidity and comfort. Optimizing a building’s relationship to the sun can lend purpose to the form and depth to the user experience. Designing in response to micro- and macroclimatic conditions—as well as to the needs of the body and desires of the spirit—represents responsible environmental stewardship, but it also allows us to push the next step in the evolution of architectural expression.

 

Every work of architecture has specific tasks to perform, and for many of those tasks there are now metrics that determine success or failure. We take up these new tools with enthusiasm. But as always, we are also reaching for the iconic and archetypal, the deep essence of something one instantly recognizes, perhaps without ever having seen it before.

OUR TEAM

MATTHEW O’MALIA

Partner

The principal architect and cofounder of GO Logic, a Maine-based design/build firm, Matthew O’Malia is an award-winning architect with a nationwide reputation for innovation and expertise in the design of high-performance residential and institutional buildings. Established in 2008 with construction principal Alan Gibson, GO Logic leverages the efficiency of the design/build model to deliver high-performance buildings executed to the highest standard of architectural excellence. Matthew is a leader in Passive House design in the U.S., and a frequent speaker at sustainable design conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Before cofounding GO Logic, Matthew worked for architecture firms in New York and in Frankfurt, where he gained a thorough understanding of German design and construction systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Miami University, Ohio, and completed postgraduate studies in architecture at the Staedelschule Kunst Akadame, in Frankfurt. Matthew is an NCARB–certified, registered architect in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

ALAN GIBSON

Partner

Alan is a carpenter, building designer, and building-energy analyst specializing in custom, energy-efficient construction.

 

As a business owner for two decades, Alan saw a need in the market for a much better building—a building that combines high energy performance and quality design with affordability. He cofounded GO Logic with Matt O’Malia in 2008.

 

Alan holds a BA from Brown University and has studied environmental science and building science for more than 20 years. He is on the Board of Managers of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) and is a regular speaker at Passive House conferences. He lives with his family in Belfast, Maine.

RILEY PRATT

Project Architect

Riley has a BA from Dartmouth and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was previously an associate and studio director for architectural services and prefabrication at Marmol Radziner, an architecture and construction firm based in Los Angeles. Riley has also worked as a furniture maker and builder.

TIMOTHY LOCK

Project Architect

Timothy is a registered architect in both Maine and New York and he maintains national NCARB certification. He received his professional architectural degree with honors from Syracuse University. After graduating, he spent 10 years practicing in New York City with several firms on a wide range of residential and commercial design and construction projects. Timothy managed design and construction of high-end townhouse and apartment renovations as a project manager at MADE LLC prior to founding a small residential and commercial practice, Swis.Loc Architecture. Tim joined GO Logic in 2012. Timothy’s work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper and New York Magazine.

TODD BOYD

Project Architect

Todd is a registered architect in the state of Massachusetts and a LEED–accredited professional. He earned a Masters of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech and worked for more than 10 years as a designer and architect in Atlanta and Boston prior to joining GO Logic. During that time he had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types, ranging from single-family homes to museums.

GUNTHER KRAGLER

Project Architect

Gunther is a registered architect in Maine and New York. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and studied sustainable building technology at the University of New Mexico. He developed his interest in sustainable and vernacular architecture while working with various architects in New York City and New Mexico before moving to mid-coast Maine. He brings more than a decade of experience in design to GO Logic.

SVEA TULLBERG

Passive House Consultant

Svea is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a BPI Certified building Envelope Technician. Since earning a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2001, Svea has developed her skills by working as a designer, carpenter, and energy efficiency technician. Svea returned to Maine in 2004, and spent 4 years working for Evergreen Home Performance as a Project Manager.

EDITH GAWLER

Designer

Edith is a designer, musician, and farmer. She earned her BA in Architecture at Syracuse University in 2012, where she developed her architectural thesis which drew on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture. Since graduating, she has worked as a graphic designer in New York, and earned her Permaculture Design certification in Vermont. She returned to her native Maine to build a house and pursue her passion for contemporary northern vernacular and energy efficient design. She actively seeks to combine music, design, and agriculture in compelling ways. 

MICHELLE BEZIK

Designer

Michelle earned a BS in Architecture from Temple University in 2014, where she developed her interest in experiential and responsible design. Since graduating, she has worked in textile design in Philadelphia, moving to Maine to pursue her passion for architecture.

ALEXANDRA PAGAN

Designer

Alexandra holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Design and a master’s in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.  It was in this institution that she learned to bring ideas and concepts to life in creative and innovative ways.  Her architectural thesis focused on designing workspaces that would serve as catalysts for spontaneous and creative collaborative encounters between the space users.  During her years of studies, her passion for architectural, graphic and object design led her to work as a teacher’s assistant for the universities’ fabrication lab, community design studio and first year design course.
During her free time she loves to read, learn, discover new places through travel, hike, bike and play soccer.

MICHAEL BAILEY

Designer

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. His passion for creating and discovering new design methods drove him to work in the university’s wood shop and digital fabrication lab as a technician. This interest in discovery and responsible design are what shaped his architectural thesis. In his investigation he explored the link between a child’s learning process and the setting in which it takes place, demonstrating how the design of a learning environment can be used as a teaching instrument. In his down time he enjoys activities that bring him closer to nature such as hiking, scuba diving, photography, making things with his hands, traveling and reading.

MIKE MARTIN

Construction Manager

After graduating from Unity College in Maine, Mike moved west and began building hand-crafted log and timber-frame homes. Prior to joining GO Logic, he spent 15 years building and managing high-end construction projects throughout the country, where he obtained valuable knowledge in the varying designs, construction methods, and building philosophies of many different regions.

MORTY HANSEN

Foreman

Morten Hansen has been a foreman for GO logic for three years. He has worked extensively in construction and weatherization.  Hansen spent two years building furniture for Emberwoods cabinetry and 10 years building European thermal mass fireplaces for the Maine Masonry Stove Company. In 1995 he earned a BA in Arts and Aesthetics from Simon’s Rock College. Hansen was a professional competitive juggler for two decades winning 4 gold medals from the International Jugglers Association.  He enjoys building and playing musical instruments and lives with his wife and three children in Troy, Maine.

BRUCE SNIDER

Development Director

Bruce’s career in architecture has included stints as both a practitioner and a writer. After working in two Maine-based architecture firms and in his own design practice, he served as senior editor at Custom Home and Residential Architect magazines, and his writing has appeared in numerous other publications. His work with GO Logic includes design and marketing. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Antioch University and a master’s degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University.

JUDY PERRY

Office Manager

Judy holds a BA in Graphic Design from Western Connecticut State University and received her MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

After a dozen years working in various arts organizations as an administrator, she came to Maine from New York’s Hudson River Valley. Her work, which explores the themes of landscape and connection, has been exhibited and collected for more than 20 years. Judy’s interest in the lives of other artists led to an ongoing interview project called “Artists and Writers in their own words.” Many of her interviews have been published in newspapers, journals, and magazines, and are now archived on her blog.

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