David Matero Architecture is dedicated to energy efficient designing and detailing, and works to stay at the forefront of building science technologies. Our varied portfolio covers many building types as we look to provide appropriate sustainable detailing in both commercial and residential projects. We also feel it is important to balance good performing buildings with attractive buildings. DMA works hard to design buildings that meet a high level of artistry, proportion and aesthetics while balancing the infrastructure needs of mechanical, structure and energy details.
Roger Williams University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1989 – Five year degree, Winner of two school awards and a national design award
Member: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Maine AIA (Board Member), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), US Green Building Council (USGBC), Portland Society of Architects, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Maritime Museum, Main Street Bath, Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., Maine Island Trails Association
David Matero Architecture, and before that, DayMatero studio, has provided renovation and new construction design and planning services for projects that include residential, retail, restaurant, schools, offices, and entertainment architecture.
Born and raised in Norway, Maine, a rural town about an hour north of Portland, David grew up playing outside – baseball, golf and skiing. After completing his architecture degree at Roger Williams University, he started his architecture career at a medium-sized health-care firm in NYC.
The majority of David’s professional experience in NYC was with the firm RG Roesch Architecture and Landscape Architecture (RGR). David spent seven years at this small firm and greatly benefited from the firm’s diverse portfolio. As an associate with RGR, David was involved in the design and documentation of multiple zoos, museum buildings, private residences, parks, as well as a high-rise synagogue.
In New York, David met and married his wife (who happens to be from Bath, Maine). The couple’s seven-year-itch was their realization that they belonged back in their home state to raise their son near family.
David’s diverse experience in New York fit well with the Portland firm Stephen Blatt Architects (SBA). In 2001 the family relocated to the coastal community of Harpswell. For seven years as a project manager for SBA, David directed many successful projects (public schools and residences) and eventually managed the firm’s residential studio.
The skills and expertise David earned while working with Geoff Roesch in NYC and Stephen Blatt in Maine enabled him to venture into a partnership with lighting designer Greg Day. The DayMatero studio, a partnership in architecture and light, brought together David and Greg’s 40+ years of professional experience and launched their dream to design practical, economical and beautiful spaces together.
In 2011, David and Greg split companies, but continue to work together. David Matero Architecture is the culmination of almost 30 years of experience in a variety of projects providing design and planning services.
When not in the studio, David tries to attend as many USA Men’s soccer team games as possible, kayaks, plays golf when time allows, and is trying very hard to travel. David is a past board member of Main Street Bath, a program that focuses on promoting and preserving the culture and heritage of this thriving community of Bath, and is currently a board member of Maine AIA. He is also slowly working on a renovation to his 1840’s house in Bath.
Nyack College, BA History University of Alabama, MLS
Member: Studio Theatre of Bath (Board Member, Treasurer), Shakespeare on the Kennebec, Doppelbloopers (Founding Member), Bath Historical Society, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Cathy Matero, MLS
Cathy grew up in Bath, graduated from Morse High School and went off to see the world. Along the way she earned a BA in History and a Masters degree in Library Service. In her NYC library career Cathy provided corporate research in both the media and financial services industries.
In 1991 Cathy and David met while both living in New York and have been together ever since. In 2001 they returned to Maine with their son, Oskar, who is now attending University of Maine.
Here in Maine Cathy rediscovered her childhood love of local history and enjoyed working in the library and archives of the Maine Maritime Museum. Currently, Cathy runs the administration side of the David Matero Architecture, takes care of her family, and is involved in community theater.
Roger Williams University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1989
After working in large architecture firms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since college, Scott, and his family, relocated to Maine to work at DMA. Scott and David met while at Roger Williams University School of Architecture. Scott brings almost 30 years of professional experience in all levels of architecture and building types to DMA.
Rochester Institute of Technology BFA in Interior Design 1984, Associate Degree in Environmental Design 1982 and a Minor Degree in Literature
Upon completion of college near his home region of upstate New York, Daniel followed the construction boom taking place in Boston and soon found the need for architectural design to be more in demand and a better career focus to pursue. The emerging CAD technology and renowned companies landing great projects allowed Daniel to develop into various roles of Job Captain, CAD Manager and Senior Designer. Daniel has worked in the institutional, healthcare, commercial and residential fields of architecture with new construction, additions and renovations with Firms Shepley Bulfinch, ADD Inc, Steffian Bradley Associates and DiGiorgio Associates Inc. A change in family plans brought Daniel into Midcoast Maine and he worked for several Maine based firms including freelance work with David Matero early as his firm was getting established. Additional career roles as a Planner and Supervisor first for Hannaford Bros and then Bath Iron Works have provided Daniel with a more comprehensive professional and leadership experience. David has hired on Daniel to help in managing the commercial work and supporting all else to keep DMA growing. Daniel remains connected to the arts by abstract painting, served as chairman for a local nonprofit ArtVan and finds time to engage in hiking, kayaking, skiing, and home renovation [he has personally rebuilt two homes in Gloucester MA and West Bath ME].
University of Virginia School of Architecture B. Science, 2010
Sophi Swaim joined DMA with experience in both architecture and landscape architecture firms.
Sophi Swaim is a 2010 graduate from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. She and her husband lived on their sailboat for four years while working in Portland, Maine. She first worked for two years for Mohr & Seredin Landscape Architecture and then took a year off to travel with her new husband, Travis. They sailed for three months and 2,000 nautical miles, and made a round trip from Portland, Maine to Prince Edward Island. Upon returning to Maine, she worked at ALPHAarchitects for one year before joining DMA in the summer of 2014. Sophi and Travis moved from their sailboat to Bath soon after their son, Felix, was born in 2013. Their daughter, Hazel, was born in 2015 and completed their family.
When she’s not working, Sophi loves sailing, hiking, snowshoeing, playing outside, and wrangling her two energetic children. She is always interested in sustainability and energy efficient design and is a certified Passive House Design Consultant.