Founded by Gustavo Carmona and Lisa Beltran in 2006, Materia is an architecture studio with a multi-disciplinary team committed to one design philosophy: The creation of atmospheres expressed through the thoughtful craft of materials and detail. The work of MATERIA seeks the balance between the artisan process and high technique to generate tangible ideas and solutions that may transcend based in passion and credibility.
Materia has developed projects in 9 countries including Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama, Chile, Brazil and the Caribbean Islands. Some of our clients are internationally spread. Materia has special abilities in coordination with clients, vendors, consultants and contractors abroad being knowledgeable of the standards that guide the projects and capable of adapting them to the Latin American region. Our experience expands residential, corporate, interiors, high-end retail, office and hospitality.
Materia has received multiple awards and recognitions. In 2017 the firm was awarded by the IIDA International Interior Design Association for the Best Interiors of Latin-America and the Caribbean in the retail category for it’s Silver Deer Flagship Project. The same year, it was recognized for excellence in design and execution for the same project and became one of the Class of 2016 offices at the Retail Design Institute in Chicago. In 2016, Architect Gustavo Carmona was distinguished by the University Anahuac with the Medal of Leadership in Architecture. The firm was awarded Silver Medal in cultural buildings for the QMM Pavillion in Merida at the 2nd Architecture Biennale of Mexico City 2015. Materia was also named one of the 10 best firms in Mexico with the “Most satisfied clients” by Obras Magazine based on a well-structured poll and market research as well as the Rising Star Award for Residential and Interior Design from Fashion Group International in New York in 2013.