The architecture and environmental design firm Studio Ma has been selected as a finalist to provide worldwide design services for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), which handles the construction and modernization of American diplomatic facilities.
The recent announcement follows on the heels of several noteworthy wins for Studio Ma, including the debut of its 715-bed campus housing project at Princeton University and winner of an AIA Western Mountain Region design award and a Brick in Architecture Award. The firm has completed plans for other large-scale projects including the ISTB-7 science center at Arizona State University and the Utah mixed-use project called Summit Powder Mountain. The firm also celebrated the opening of a 1,600-student charter school and a new headquarters building, The Brokery, both in Phoenix.
Other laurels have included a Grand Award for the multifamily development ArtHAUS in Phoenix, given in the Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards. Internationally, Studio Ma principal Christiana Moss, AIA, has served as juror for the Hong Kong-based Perspective A&D Trophy Awards, to be announced in November.
Studio Ma has previously earned state AIA Honor Awards for the design of Arizona State University's Manzanita Hall and the Scottsdale Museum of the West, as well as being named to Architectural Record’s exclusive Design Vanguard. Citing Studio Ma’s “complex, large-scale work with masterful use of texture” in its architecture, urbanism, campus planning and more, AIA Arizona awarded Studio Ma the 14th annual Firm of the Year Award.
For the U.S. State Department’s OBO work, Studio Ma is among 26 renowned shortlisted practices, included with such firms as Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Robert A.M. Stern Architects and selected from a field of 136 submissions.