Talvy, born and raised in New England, spent much of his childhood cheating death. Whether it was soapbox derbies, high voltage wiring, or a life threatening chocolate overdose, he tenaciously pushed the boundaries. To keep him out of trouble, his parents focused his energy constructively: his mother’s artistic heritage influenced him towards art and music; his father, an electrical contractor, employed him in the family business. Ten years later his love for construction and creativity channeled his educational endeavors toward architecture and art at the University of New Hampshire. Later, an infatuation with recreational outdoor adventures brought Talvy to Salt Lake City where he graduated with a master’s of architecture from the University of Utah. If you have spent considerable time in Utah’s local canyons, more than likely your paths have crossed. Whether skiing, climbing, or designing, Talvy is passionate about all his endeavors.
As a young boy growing up with all brothers in Salt Lake City, Hunter spent most of his childhood creating and experimenting. He was often found making forts (below, on, or above ground) building BMX bikes and half-pipe ramps, and conducting kitchen chemistry experiments (much to his mother's dismay). In his teenage years his father, a general contractor and teacher, put hunter's creative energy to work doing construction and finish work. With a love for learning and creating he began attending the University of Utah where he found his diverse interests in design, math, science, business, and the humanities culminating in one program, architecture. There hunter received his bachelors and masters of architecture and was awarded the faculty design award for his thesis project as well as the AIA certificate for merit and excellence. After graduation he teamed up with Chris Talvy to create Imbue Design.
Many of us took the proverbial 'family trip' at some point in our formative years...Matt grew up traversing the country with the family in one of the various Volkswagen Westfalia's his parents owned; camping and exploring the gorgeous wilderness of the western United States. Traveling aids one to gain perspective on people and places, and the environments in which they exist. These opportunities and range of experiences helped to guide Matt into a generalist's mindset of miscellaneous, yet fruitful knowledge (broad bits of information prove useful in the pursuit of architecture and design). To conceptualize you must have basic knowledge...to plan you must be able to organize...to create you must have passion. Take these elements together and a resonance will be formed, allowing the generalist to become a specialist.
Matt holds a master degree in architecture from the University of Utah, which was dutifully earned along side the fellow Imbue partners, Hunter and Talvy.