The American Construction League is a NYC based Design/Build firm specializing in spaces for public assembly and social interaction. For the past ten years partners Nico Arze and Matthew Maddy have developed bars, restaurants, and other venues throughout the U.S., and abroad.  The ACL is a full service firm, able to provide conceptual design, architectural services, general contracting, and specialty finishing and fabrication.


Matthew Maddy

Matthew Maddy is a restaurant owner, designer and builder who operates in New York, California and London. He is a founding partner in several establishments including Oakland's Make Westing, the Weather Up series of bars, and the No 7 sub shops and restaurant.

See all of Maddy's projects here.

From 2003 to 2005, Maddy lived in Paris, working in a sculptural Bronze foundry. He returned in 2005 to work with Hecho Inc. - the esteemed Brooklyn design/build firm - project managing such projects as The Box NYC. In 2008, Matthew established his own design firm, and has since contributed to the development and construction of 16 bars and restaurants across the country and world.

Matthew currently lives in Venice, California and Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife Celestine, and his daughter, Ripley.



Nico Arze

Before co-founding The American Construction League with his partner Matthew Maddy, Nico Arze curated exhibitions in China, Chile and the US, including the “798 Beijing Contemporary Art Bienniale” and the largest exhibition of Chilean art in Asia. He exhibited his collaborative work in dozens of museums and galleries around the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Performed at Barishnikov Art Center under the direction of Manuela Infante and Robert Wilson, The Kitchen, Saint Mark’s church, Judson Church, among others… He has also worked for several films, recently working as a Production Designer, Executive producer and actor for “Tyrel” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He worked as a restaurant builder for Hecho Inc and ran his own company before founding the American COnstruction League with Maddy. Nico is a founding partner in several establishments including Celestine restaurant, Birdy’s and Chilo’s