Chris Matthews teaches courses in plants in design. Chris is a Senior Associate and design leader in the Cambridge Office of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates 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 creates landscapes that explore history, infrastructure, ecology, and contemporary program to create, memorable and transformative places. Chris’ recent master planning work includes the University of Washington Seattle Campus Framework Plan, MIT East Campus Master Plan, Masdar City’s Detailed Master Plan in Abu Dhabi, Harvard University’s Common Spaces Plan, and the Holly Shores Master Plan in Austin, TX. His recent design work includes the landscape for five new biotech research buildings at the Alexandria Center in Cambridge, advising the Olympic Park Legacy Company on the transformation of the 2012 Olympic Games site, the London 2012 Olympic White Water Canoe Centre, and the new visitor center for the historic Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC.
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 in 2001.