Matthew is a proud Newfoundlander, with deep family roots in Joe Batt’s Arm. He grew up in Grand Bank and Gander, before his father’s career with the RCMP brought him to the mainland. His continued connection to the island is seen through his academic research that has focussed on the capacity of landscape and ecology to act as catalyst in economic diversification and rural regeneration, specifically pertaining to Newfoundland. His educational background includes a Bachelors of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, specializing in Urban Design and Land Development, a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and most recently a Masters of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction. He has received awards from both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects for his thesis work, and was the recipient of a Canada Research Fellowship from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Professionally, Matthew was an Associate with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects for the past seven years, and part time faculty at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture before recently relocating to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work with Ekistics Planning and Design. The move back to Atlantic Canada was driven by his desire to work within the context of his research, where he is currently involved in rural revitalization planning, and numerous new contemporary landscape design projects throughout the Maritimes.