• Samantha McDougal

Monthly Boss Q&A ft. Matthew Zhang

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

Make dreams come to life.

@mr.mattz @theluxedesignstudio

Imagine with me for a second that you're scrolling on Instagram, and you come across an immaculate home that almost appears too good to be true. It looks like a 5 star resort that someone actually lives in, only better... like a dream. Now can you imagine actually being the individual who creates these masterpieces? Mattew Zhang, founder of @theluxedesignstudio, is the creator of projects that have been recognized globally including at the International Sustainability Expo in Mumbai and the Boutique Design Trade Show in Los Angeles California both in 2016. I've been following Matt on Instagram for a couple years now, and I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to interview the person behind the drawing board. Even better, I get to share it here! Check out our Q & A below.

"There aren't many industries where the journey is as magical as the destination BUT architecture is definitely one of them."

s: Was becoming an architectural designer something you've always dreamed of doing, or was it something you grew into?

m: Architectural and interior design and development was one of my career goals since I was probably 12. My father was a commercial real-estate developer. So as a kid growing up, the process of developments really intrigued me. There aren't many industries where the journey is as magical as the destination BUT architecture is definitely one of them. Every change we make and every design we do, we can see a change. We see progress, and to be able to take an idea and create something tangible is magical. I was also more artistic than book smart through my high-school days so I focused on what I was good at and took extra curricular design courses to further expand my design horizons.

s: Would you say that you have a signature style?

m: My signature is definitely more of a modern contemporary style, for residential architecture I have always loved the modern open designs of the homes in Beverly Hills & Bel Air. I am attempting to bring that style of home to Vancouver and other areas as well. It must be clean, must have purpose and must be tailored around the clients needs. 

s: I could browse through your portfolios all day. What's your favorite part of designing projects?

m: My favourite part is being able to take a conversation and ideas with my clients, and bring them to life. The look on my client's faces when I show them the first 3D rendering usually says it all. Their eyes glow, and they look like a kid in a candy store. This is my favourite part of designing, making my clients happy.

s: Are there any experiences you could share with us as a designer that people outside of the industry might not know or ever consider?

m: As a creative, I think it's our job to find solutions to problems in a less conventional way. We must solve problems not only by thinking outside the box, but being able to seamlessly blend that with an aesthetic design that makes the client's life easier. Good design compliments your individual lifestyle. It should not only be something "pretty" but something that benefits your life, makes it easier.

s: How has social impacted your business?

m: Social media really sky rocketed my business, by building an audience that loves cars and architecture, I was able to secure a niche market of luxury car owners and potential buyers. This audience is capable and has the means to hire me for their projects, and by establishing myself and building trust through social media I was able to grow my business without a dollar of advertising.

s: Do you ever turn projects down? If so, how come?

m: I do turn projects down, either because I can foresee there being difficulties with the client or if the project is so budget restrictive that the finished product wont reflect my design properly. 

s: Even when we are our own boss, we still have to cater to our clients' wants and needs. What's the craziest request you've ever received from a customer?

m: Well, being in a customer service business, the problem is establishing boundaries. My handful of clients end up all being good friends of mine too, and that creates a problem where they may request drawings or renderings in a short amount of time, or call and email me throughout the day 7 days a week. I have some clients that will call me for project updates or requests at 11 or 12 at night because they know I am probably sitting in my home office working on other projects. 

s: To wrap this up here... where can we see your next big project?

m: My next big project will most likely be in Vancouver. We're looking at a 20 story mid-rise, as well as, a giant car dealership/car club facility. We do have an exciting project coming up in Chang Mai, Thailand too! I just cant wait to keep expanding and creating landmarks around the world, I am only 26 at the end of the day and my company is less than 3 years old but weve completed over 30 projects so far. I cant wait to see where the future takes us! 

Did he just say he's only 26?! Yep. So I have to know... are my readers as impressed as I am? Even more so, are you now motivated to go out and follow your dreams like Matt is doing? I hope so. To view these exciting new projects he's working on, follow @mr.mattz @theluxedesignstudio. Or if you're looking for a bit of creative inspiration check out Matt's portfolios on Thanks for reading!

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