Chris Matthews
Associate Principal
Chris is a design leader with over 20 years of experience in the practice of landscape architecture in London, Tokyo, and Cambridge. A broad cultural perspective and a conviction that the designed landscape has the ability to transform our everyday lives underpin Chris’ work. He is an expert in the use of vegetation in design and has taught an introduction to planting design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design since 2010.

Chris’ recent projects include a number of master plans including the MIT East Campus Master Plan, the University of Washington Seattle Campus Framework Plan, Harvard University's Common Spaces Master Plan, and the Holly Shores Master Plan in Austin, TX. His design projects include a residence in Martha’s Vineyard, a visitor center for the historic Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC, the landscape for five new biotech research buildings at the Alexandria Center in Cambridge, MA and the White Water Canoe Center for the London 2012 Olympics.

Originally from England, Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture with honors from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he is now a Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Illinois, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

He joined MVVA in 2002.





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