Matthew Skjonsberg, architect, landscape and civic designer, is a postdoctoral researcher in the TheoryLab at Christophe Girot’s Chair of Landscape Architecture at ETH Zürich where he focuses on curriculum development. He completed his doctoral dissertation, A New Look at Civic Design: Park Systems In America (2018), at EPFL in Lausanne where he was a founding member of the Habitat Research Center (HRC) in 2017, and of the Laboratory of Urbanism (LAB-U) in 2014, both directed by Prof. Paola Viganò and his thesis supervisor Dr. Elena Cogato Lanza. He previously studied at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and at ETH Zürich. Matthew founded collab architecture in 2001, and from 2007-2012 he was a project leader at West 8 urban design and landscape architecture in New York and Rotterdam, where he was responsible for projects including Governors Island (New York 2007-), Commonwealth Institute (London 2008-14), New World Symphony Park (Miami Beach 2009-11), and Yongsan National Park (Seoul 2012-), while remaining active in academic initiatives and teaching at several institutions in Europe and North America.
His work has been exhibited at such institutions as La Biennale di Venezia, the Guggenheim Museum New York, and MAXXI Museum in Rome, and has been featured in a number of publications.