Matthew's Travel Blog on Archinect:
Living measures across the landscapes of Earth, rolling along the asphalt incision of world wilderness. Exploring the diversity of global urbanism from the ground. An intimately personal inquiry of lifestyle and limits, architecture and agriculture, organization and entropy, climate and cosmos.
Point of embarcation: Los Angeles, California.
First Destination: Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Final Destination: Unknown.
"I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious." _Einstein
Freelancer, Claremont, CA, US, Designer
Web & Graphic Design. Landscape & Urban Design. Photography.
Future Self, World Traveler
1200 miles in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam by bicycle. Brick making in Thailand. Photography in Myanmar.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA, US, Gardener
Assisted with garden tasks from pruning and weeding to visitor engagement. Worked directly with Arboretum supervisors and curators to maintain naturalistic and classical gardens within this 127 acre historic public monument. Practiced developing focus, attention to detail, and positivity through arduous tasks, as much as gardening technique.
Farmscape, Claremont, CA, US, Urban Farmer
Farmed the sprawl with like-minded pioneers on the emergent urban agriculture frontier, installing and maintaining raised- bed vegetable gardens in clients’ front and back yards. Personally raised and harvested hundreds of pounds of produce while cultivating local food culture in Southern California.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture
Great Places Awards, Place Planning, Award
The award is for work that exemplifies the concern for human factors in the design of the built environments and a commitment to promoting links between design research and practice. The jury evaluates projects that address the human experience of well-designed places with special attention given to the transferability of research about human experience of place into design. The awards invites participation from a range of design and research disciplines, recognizing projects whose significance extends beyond any one profession or field. Projects show how research and/or citizen participation is linked to or part of practice, demonstrating that an understanding of human interaction with place has generated the design.
EDRA is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1968.
The purpose of EDRA is the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive to human needs.
BEST STUDENT PROJECT AWARD-APPLIED RESEARCH, Award
Presented by the American Institute of Certified Planners - National Award
Student Honor Award, Award
Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter
Dangermond Travelling Scholarship, Scholarship
Presented by Jack Dangermond & The Department of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona.
$5,000 traveling scholarship. Helped send me to study in China for 1 month at the North China University of Technology in a multidisciplinary historic preservation and urban design research project.