Chris Matthews teaches courses in plants as a design medium. Chris is an Associate Principal and design leader in the Cambridge Office of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with over 25 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 can deeply 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 work includes: the new Visitors Center at Walden Pond, Master Plans for the historic Hermann Park and the Buffalo Bayou East Sector, both in Houston, TX; the Clybourn Corridor Master Plan on the North Branch River in Chicago, Il; the Landscape Master Plan and design of multiple new urban places and landscapes for Cambridge Crossing and the Alexandria Center, both in Cambridge, MA and the revitalization of the Boston Flower Exchange.
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.