Matt leads development feasibility studies, site planning for projects of various scales, plan amendment and development agreement applications, and policy review for private and public sector clients. His approach to planning is pragmatic, grounded in his spatial, social and political understanding of space, urban design, and urbanization as a process. He has a solid understanding of planning law and policy interpretation, and an interest in the legibility of and fairness in the planning process. Prior to EDM, he worked at La Cambre Architecture Institute in Brussels (now part of the Faculty of Architecture, Université libre de Bruxelles) and the Urbanism and Architecture Research Group (OSA), Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Matt is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia, and the International Society of City and Regional Planners. He currently sits on Halifax’s Design Review Committee, an approval granting body, Canadian Institute of Planners New Urban Agenda Committee, the North End Halifax Business Commission (NEBA), and is a contributing editor for The Site Magazine, the leading independent journal of contemporary architecture and urbanism in Canada.
Matt has a Master of Science in Human Settlements (Urbanism and Strategic Planning) from the University of Leuven, Belgium and a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) from Dalhousie University in Halifax.