Matt didn’t have to look too far to find role models. His father worked for the pioneering modern architect Edward Durell Stone in New York City and his mother has a degree in fashion design. The family moved to South Windsor, Connecticut, where his father started his own firm and his mother designed baby clothing and chaired the planning and zoning commission. Matt worked some summers for his dad, helping to design custom homes, elderly housing, and condominium projects, and spent other summers landscaping or designing and framing custom homes for a local builder. He experienced the building environment from soup to nuts. Matt earned his Bachelors of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology, graduating Cum Laude, and was inducted into the honor society in architecture and allied arts. He worked for two Connecticut firms before joining Centerbrook in 1999. He has contributed to academic projects at Quinnipiac University, Yale, the University of Connecticut, and the National Outdoor Leadership School in Colorado. He is proud to have had the opportunity of working on the 9/11 Memorial, Festival Plaza, as well as Development Services and McCoart buildings in Prince William, Virginia.

For his Centerbrook Travel Grant, Matt visited Taliesin West in Arizona, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert. “I had visited Fallingwater in Pennsylvania on a school trip and just loved it, along with his work in general. The two houses are so different, yet each is so masterfully connected to their respective sites. At Taliesin, his apprentices would come and have to design and build their own housing with local materials, and examples still dot the landscape.” In addition to hand drawing and Revit design software, Matt is handy with a driver and 9 iron, periodically representing the firm in charity golf tournaments.

FACTS

  • Contributed to a residential project that was published in Architectural Record
  • Coaches Little League baseball and youth soccer
  • Enjoys mountain biking, ice hockey, and fly fishing