Matthew Bell

Matthew Bell



“Human by Design to me means designing beautiful and useful places that enhance the human experience at all scales, from the city plaza or street to the classroom or residential unit. Design, in general, has a unique ability to elevate our interactions with one another and provide the settings for an optimistic future.”

Specializing for more than 30 years in large-scale architecture and sustainable urban and campus design, Matt brings unique insights on challenges facing our cities, towns, and campuses that have resulted in a diverse portfolio of award-winning work spanning national and international contexts. Ranging from waterfronts, new towns, and neighborhoods to residential, civic, campus, and mixed-use projects, Matt also lends his nationally-recognized expertise as a professor at the University of Maryland, where he leads the urban design curriculum and lectures on architecture and urban design. In addition, he serves as Vice President of the Restoring Ancient Stabia Foundation, an international effort to realize a new archaeological park for the ancient seaside villas of Castellammare di Stabia, Italy.

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Matt builds solid relationships and is actively committed to the D.C. region, serving as a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, and DCBIA; he has also served as President of the Neighborhood Design Center and Director of the Mayor’s Institute on City Design Northeast.


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  • + 1 (202) 212-6077
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  • Education

  • Cornell University, M.Arch; University of Notre Dame, B.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects