MAP Architect aims to respond thoughtfully to the needs of every client in order to create beautiful, timeless architecture that is sustainable because it is well-built.  Our work places an emphasis on detail, natural light and enhancing the relationship between the user and their surroundings.  We consider a good building to be one that continues to unfold as the user moves through it, offering new delights and insights upon each step and at each visit.

Merritt Hawley, the owner and principal of MAP Architect, holds degrees in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Columbia University.  She trained extensively with Anik Pearson Architect in New York, a firm lauded for their obsessively detailed pre-war jewel-box interiors and several well-established local firms on projects that varied from low-income housing projects and community centers to elaborate seaside villas .  She lives in Monterey with her husband and three boys.

Erika Fratzke Matheson, the office assistant and junior designer, holds a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.  She has always pursued careers adjacent to housing, first working in real estate and then followed by many years in mortage financing. A midlife career pivot demanded a more creative role, leading to a position with MAP Architect. Erika lives in Monterey with her two children.

A portion of profits from MAP Architect is donated to Natividad Medical Center’s NICU.


2010 M.S. Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University GSAPP – New York
2002 B.Arch (cum laude) California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
2000 CSU Firenze – Florence, Italy


2021 AIA Monterey Bay Excellence in Design Citation Award - Monterey Family Cottage
2015 AIA Monterey Bay Excellence in Design Citation Award - Marine Ranger Stations
2009 Architecture License C-31948, State of California
2008 LEED Certification


guest baker – Martha Stewart Show
floral designer – galas, gallery openings, photo shoots, weddings
guest critic – Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
commissioner (retired) – City of Monterey Historical Preservation Commission
Secretary - AIA Monterey Bay
member - American Institute of Architects, Julia Morgan Alliance
member - The Board