The Institute for Material Interpretation innovates using waste and the non-prescribed use of underutilized materials to create durable and replicable structures. Whenever possible, a fusion of art, geometry, and data is used to create functional designs.

The IMI logo is composed using a Pratt truss. Patented in 1844, one of the oldest types of modern bridges, truss bridges are a super-structure composed of many smaller elements.



Currently exploring:

  • Modular space frame housing utilizing passive techniques using commoditiy waste materials.
  • A vocabulary and a consistency in repeating identical shapes, dimensions, or aspect ratios.
  • Optimizing material waste ecology through physical design, interpretive reuse, and software process.
  • Collections
  • Public art using carbon balancing promoting carbon awareness.



We are looking for:
Construction management
Drawing (SketchUp)
Model building

Spring 2017: Hesby Cruz
Hesby received a Bachelors degree in Economics from UC San Diego, which he followed to working for the County of Los Angeles. He fell in love with working outdoors when joining the California Conservation Corps in 2014. Hesby lived and worked in the primitive backcountry of Klamath National Forest, constructing trails, restoring native habitats, and replanting native trees and grasses. After his term was over, he joined the Texas Conservation Corps and led a crew in conservation and emergency response projects throughout the state.
During Hesby’s tenure with the Conservation Corps, he became certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, herbicide/pesticide application, Leave No Trace, and Federal Wildland Firefighting Chainsaw use.

He then apprenticed as an arborist with a small private tree company. He mixed his time in trees with studying architecture and design classes. He is currently starting his Master of Architecture program at the University of Southern California.



J. Zach Hollandsworth
zhollandsworth at gmail.com
(512) 961-6704
PO Box 684005
Austin, TX 78768