Matt Kleinmann

Matt Kleinmann

Kansas City, MO, US



Where I'm from:

Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, I was brought up a Jayhawk and enrolled in the University of Kansas to both study architecture and play for the men's basketball team. Following my time there, I enrolled in the Masters of Urban Design program at Washington University in St. Louis. I continued my studies to earn my post-professional Masters of Architecture from Wash U. with a focus on sustainable development and social work. Designers who I am grateful to for their personal influences along the way include: Shannon Criss, Nils Gore, John Hoal, Kent Spreckelmeyer, Theaster Gates, Eric Cesal, Bryan Bell, Jeremy Knoll, Paul Lukez, Wendell Burnette, and many others.


What I'm doing now (Summer 2014):

I am currently the Community Engagement Research Fellow at the architecture firm of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, LA. I also am an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning, where I will be teaching an architecture studio investigating Emerging Economies and equitable development within TODs in Kansas City, Missouri this fall.


What I'm interested in:

I believe that the process of design has an enormous capacity to provide for positive change. Rather than accepting the status quo, I believe that designers have the necessary skills to move beyond a system that is dedicated solely to the service of a client, and instead develop participatory tools that can be leveraged in attracting investments in order to reshape our communities. I am currently exploring alternative models of social impact design practice, ethnographic design strategies in architecture and planning, and the use of videography as an outreach tool in order to leverage capital investment in design.


Where I'm headed next:

Along with the potential opportunities that come from a fiancé that is now applying to law schools across the nation and enrolling in the fall of 2015, you can also find me helping host the 2015 Design Futures Student Leadership Forum next summer at KU, volunteering with Historic Green, taking pictures to support my camera gear addiction, or on twitter.  


My recent work:

Historic Green - Demo


Matt's Professional Blog on Archinect:

You Are Not Your User : // In pursuit of models for social impact design & community engagement in practice //

The practice of Architecture, both the ideals it cherishes & the business model it has gradually adopted, is evolving. Globally, more people live in cities than do not. The 'Future Cities', those bucolic heterotopias we were promised, are not here. Instead, we are growing into a world where shelter, environmental justice, clean drinking water, & other basic human rights are negotiated for. How do we, as architects, plan to address those needs? This blog will explore answers to those questions.

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The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, US, Adjunct Professor

Aug 2013 - current

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, LA, US, Community Engagement Research Fellow

I applied and was accepted for the community engagement fellowship position with the intent on developing new creative tools for architects to use within daily practice that would allow for greater flexibility and utilization within community engagement on a wide variety of project types.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Helix Architecture + Design, Kansas City, MO, US, Associate Architect

My work included pre-design, schematic design, master planning, and construction documents on various large-scale projects throughout Kansas City, Missouri. Projects included the UMKC Conservatory Feasibility Study, the master plan through design development phases of the Kansas City East Patrol Police Station, the master plan for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences campus, and the schematic design for the KCUMB renovation of the Weaver Auditorium into classroom spaces.

Aug 2011 - Mar 2014


Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

Sep 2009 - Aug 2011

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, US, MArch, Architecture

Jun 2004 - May 2009

Areas of Specialization 

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