Associate Professor and Director of Technical Studies
Matthew is a qualified architect and Director of Technical Studies at Birmingham School of Architecture & Design. As well as overseeing technical input across the School he teaches in the architectural design studios.
A graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Matthew worked at the Young Architect of the Year Award finalists Design Research Unit Wales (DRU-w) and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects before founding his practice, Coombs Jones. He taught at the Welsh School of Architecture and the University of the West of England (UWE) before joining BSoAD in 2019.
Matthew’s PhD by design explored place specific approaches to the development of rural towns, a theme he continues to explore through practice and research. He is currently writing a book for RIBA Publishing, ‘Transforming Towns’, which aims to demonstrate the potential of contemporary architecture to positively transform small towns and villages in the UK. He has further experience in socially engaged and participatory place making, community-led planning, public engagement and university-community live projects.
He recently organised a conference in partnership with the research group AMPS exploring health and wellbeing in the built environment from which an edited book has recently been published. Matthew was a judge for the RIBA President's Awards for Research 2017.