Emerging Material Solutions Brand KOVA Welcomes Matthew White to the Team
White Joins the Expanding Innovation-Driven Company as a Design Research Manager
KOVA, a leader in whole-project building material solutions, welcomes Matthew White to the growing team as the brand’s new design research manager. A seasoned design professional, White brings a wealth of architecture, engineering, product and construction industry knowledge and more than 10 years of experience to KOVA’s roster. In his new role, White will leverage the industry’s latest technology and systems-based thinking to reshape how building materials are designed, manufactured, and assembled in support of the team’s desire to build a future material supply that is circular in nature and relies on products that are intentionally designed for assembly and disassembly, ease of reuse and recycling.
“We are pleased to welcome Matthew to our R&D team,” says KOVA’s Vice President Dan Sullivan, AIA, NCARB. “His unique professional journey and adept understanding of the AEC industry provides an exciting and fresh perspective to our team. Matthew’s commitment to bettering the built environment is evident through his career thus far––his passion for sustainability and design perfectly aligns with our brand’s mission to develop solutions that positively impact project outcomes, end users, and the planet.”
Having received his Masters of Architecture at the Washington University in St. Louis and then later his Masters of Science in Design, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, White has always had a knack for reimagining traditional outlooks on design. He embraces technology and unique project delivery methods to bring innovative solutions to the industry. White joins KOVA from his previous role as a Senior Project Manager at UAP, a globally-recognized public art and architectural design solutions company, where he managed the team’s design development and detailing of complex elements for fabrication and installation.
White’s past roles also include serving as a design engineer at Island Exterior Fabricators, an all-inclusive facade subcontractor; a senior designer at Dean/Wolf Architects, a design firm specializing in both residential and commercial spaces; a project lead at SITU Studio; an architecture that designs for social impact; and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
“I’m honored to join such an innovative team that is rethinking how building elements are designed, constructed, and reused,” says White. “In this role, I’m most looking forward to embracing new challenges and leveraging my expertise in technology’s role in design and construction to discover and implement new efficiencies in both the design process and material usage.”
White joins a team of experts with unbridled creativity and nontraditional backgrounds. Together, they are breaking traditional molds and finding creative solutions to circularity-driven design and building longevity. To learn more about KOVA and its latest building material solutions, please visit kovaproducts.com.
KOVA is a leader in integrated, whole-project building material solutions, from faucets and flexible interior wall systems to facades, all designed to provide high-quality products at an exceptional value from one reliable supply chain partner. Serving all project types from single and multi-family residential to retail, hospitality, and commercial, KOVA works with clients to create healthier, beautiful, more sustainable spaces. KOVA’s cross-category offering prioritizes value and performance with products that range from the building envelope, such as impact glazing and expansive window walls, to the smallest interior details, including elegant faucets and bath accessories. Through three distinct product categories, Construct, Connect, and Components, KOVA provides an extensive selection of high-performance solutions that inspire bigger ideas for a better world. Derived from the prefix “co-,” meaning “together,” and the word “va” from the Latin root meaning “go,” KOVA’s company leadership believes that the building process is about moving forward together to build better projects and a better future. KOVA’s multidisciplinary team of pragmatic innovators continue to develop products that positively impact project outcomes, end users, and the planet at-large. For more information about KOVA, please visit kovaproducts.com.