Matt DeCotiis received his Bachelor of Science with Cum Laude distinction in Architecture from Northeastern University 2008. He went on to work for BKSK Architects in New York City, specializing in 3D modeling and graphic design, before moving to New Orleans. In 2010, Matt attended Tulane University where he received his master's degree in architecture in 2012 and was awarded the AIA Certificate of Merit and a thesis commendation for his research on modernizing New Orleans Cemeteries.
Upon graduation, Matt started 30minus90, a design consulting business, where he specialized in urban planning, real estate development and financial analysis, residential design, construction and metal fabrication, and graphic design/branding. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member specializing in design/build projects at Tulane University School of Architecture. He co-taught the URBANbuild Studio (URBANbuild 8, fall semester, winner of AIA Honor Award in the category of Master Planning and Design) and the Tulane City Center Studio: Parisite Skate Park (2014 spring and fall semesters). As a co-founder of Cicada, Matt applies his skills to a variety of projects ranging in scale from residential to larger commercial projects located in the heart of New Orleans. In his work, he stresses the importance and value of traditional building and design methodologies while looking to the future by embracing emerging technologies with the understanding that they can help produce more efficient and sustainable buildings.