PETER MATTHEWS AIA LEED AP
Peter focuses on giving form to meaningful ideas. Beyond the capacity to address particular needs and solve problems, his work demonstrates architecture’s potential to engage us in a memorable experience. Influenced by a family of painters and admen, aesthetics for him have always been framed by pragmatic considerations. Since an early age, his art and designs have involved diverse media, accompanied by creative word-craft that defines and expresses essential ideas. His training was complemented by art and architectural historical studies and far-flung drawing and photo tours. Peter assisted teaching architectural design studios at Princeton and Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently writing about mid-century American modern architecture.
His vision is evident in his iconic design for Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, featured on the cover of ARCHITECTURAL RECORD. The design was a break-through success for the firm of BCJ Architects, winning national recognition and the 1994 AIA Firm Award. With professional training gained in several other notable architectural practices in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Peter started practicing independently on Nantucket. There he guided many complex residential and commercial projects through the island’s rigorous historical and regulatory environment. He served on the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission, where he advocated Green Planning principles with the Village Plan, and proposed zoning reform through an island-wide Comprehensive Planning Plan.
With a concentration on arts and educational facilities, Peter is an adept facilitator working with focus groups, committees, and decision-makers to realize their challenging programs. His proposal for WORKFORUM recently led to an invitation to join the Council on Competitiveness in Washington D.C.. He has enjoyed repeat clients in prominent businesses and institutions, such as The Dalton School, The LeFrak Organization and the Hillman Family of Pittsburgh. Having been recognized with national design awards and featured in professional journals, Peter’s architectural design expresses a timeless aesthetic of tectonic integrity.
NCARB Certificate – Registered Architect in New York and Massachusetts
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