Matthew Ziff is an Associate Professor and Area Chair in the Interior Architecture program at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. His areas of interest include design philosophy, design process, aesthetics and the role of materials in the expression of ideas in the built environment. Mr. Ziff taught in the interior design program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for ten years prior to coming to Ohio University in 1998.
Mr. Ziff is an architect by education, training, and practice. He is a registered architect (North Carolina), received a Master of Architecture degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a BA in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Ziff uses photography as a way to explore the production, representation, and deterioration of architectural surfaces. These surfaces function as communicative interface between structure and skin, and serve as a subject of architectural design. Construction methods and technologies, material characteristics, and design decisions each contribute to the form and character of an architectural surface. The surface in turn reveals or conceals. In a built context architectural surfaces communicate the modalities of participatory or autonomous relations with their surroundings.
Mr. Ziff has had his photographic work published in the journal "Janus Head", and exhibited in Ohio and the midwest region. Publications include "Aesthetics and Pragmatics in Design Education" published in the Journal of Aesthetic Education, Summer, 2000, "The Role of Glass in Interior Architecture", Journal of Aesthetic Education, Fall, 2004, and "Design, Culture, and Meaning in a World of Mass, Pop, and Commercial" published in the proceedings of the 17th National Beginning Design Student Conference.