Matthew Cunningham

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Matthew Cunningham is an award-winning landscape architect who derives immeasurable passion from the landscapes of New England and from his roots in the verdant, rocky coast of rural Maine. He combines 25 years of plant expertise with a deep appreciation of local history and traditional Yankee building techniques. He has committed his career to merging excellence in design with ecologically sustainable principles. Each of his landscapes bridges clients’ indoor and outdoor lifestyles. He is a hands-on professional and works closely with only the finest regional craftspeople to ensure beautiful and robust landscapes that feel almost instantly contextual, established, and mature.

Matthew holds landscape architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MLA II) and from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BSLA). His distinguished academic record includes Certificates of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects at both institutions. Prior to starting his practice in 2004, he worked for the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates where he contributed to dozens of nationally celebrated design projects.

Matthew’s gardens have been widely published in New England Home, Design New England, Architectural Digest, The Designer, and Garden Design Magazine. His firm was named “Best of Boston Home” by Boston Home Magazine in 2013 and 2016 in April of 2013, Matthew was named a “Five Under Forty” award winner by New England Home Magazine, the first landscape architect to receive the honor. In 2017, Matthew was honored as “International Designer of the Year” by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.