G!LL!S is a design and research studio with an integrative approach to architecture, art, and landscape. The research focuses on emerging ecologies, technologies, and material systems in contemporary culture. While privileging design processes that produce material affects and dense sensual experiences, the studio is constantly reconsidering and re-conceptualizing built environments. In either speculative or practical projects, G!LL!S seeks innovative and evocative design solutions.
Matthew Gillis, Principal
Matthew is a designer and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Design in Architecture at University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. He brings 18 years of experience to the practice. Prior to forming G!LL!S, Matthew worked in the offices of Coop Himmel(b)lau (Guadalajara) and Griffin Enright Architects (Los Angeles) on multiple award winning design projects and buildings. In addition to leading the design practice, Matthew is committed to research and publication. Matthew has taught at SCI-Arc, OTIS College of Design and most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Woodbury University School of Architecture. He was a Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design board member and editorial contributor. He is currently teaching as a Adjunct Faculty at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and the A/L/Iprogram at OTIS College of Art and Design.
Recent team members have included Parsa Rezaee, Sohrab Pak, Nick Rados, Eric Eaken, Shayer Rahman, Lori Choi, Max Miller, Maria Kobalyan, Chen Chen, Ari Danaci, Erfan Zamani
Thurman Grant - Architect
Claret-Cup - Bojána Bányász and Donatella Cusmá
Radical Craft - Joshua Stein
X Over Zero - Duane McLemore