Matthew Geaman
Architect sets high standards for himself and others
35, Associate Principal
Joseph Wong Design Associates
San Diego

Matthew Geaman's leadership traits were noticed almost immediately upon joining Joseph Wong Design Associates as an intern in 2008. Even before that, Geaman distinguished himself as a student at the University of Illinois, where he was invited to join an elite honor society. While he was still an intern, the design firm entrusted him with oversight of the design of the San Diego Community College District's North City Campus. Completed in 2013, the project stands as one of the 37-year-old firm's most successful efforts, says founder Joseph Wong. In 2014, JWDA named Geaman an associate principal—making him the firm's youngest associate principal by nearly two decades.

Geaman is also the immediate past president of the American Institute of Architects' San Diego chapter. During his tenure, he helped organize the 2012 AIA San Diego mayoral debate, which focused on land use planning and sustainability.