Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen

Toronto, ON, Canada



Matthew Allen is an architect and writer. He has an MArch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and degrees in Physics and the Comparative History of Ideas, and he has worked previously in the video game and bioengineering industries.

Prior to teaching at the University of Toronto, Allen worked at several internationally-recognized firms, most recently for Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., on a number of award-winning projects in China. His expertise in design spans the intricately geometric, the flexibly parametric, and the complicatedly situated.

Matthew's Featured Articles on Archinect

"architecture, architectural & Architecture" - 100 Young Architects Present Their Post-Digital Microcosms at the A+D Museum, Wed, Aug 16 '17

I may be stepping over some kind of line by reviewing an exhibition that I have something in, but I promise to assume the responsibility of the critic—that is, to be critical, even self-critical. And to have a point. The eminent art critic Claire Bishop recently lamented that there haven’t ...

'architecture, architectural & Architecture' - 100 Young Architects Present Their Post-Digital Microcosms at the A+D Museum

Cross-Talk #2: Matthew Allen on 'Pedagogy' Today, Wed, Jul 26 '17

Not so long ago, not everyone would be expected to graduate from high school.  (Graduation rates in the US: 1900: 6%; 1930: 55%; 2016: 83%.) Now college is more or less mandatory in many lines of work, and an advanced degree is almost a requirement to be an architect. But somehow an old idea ...

Cross-Talk #2: Matthew Allen on 'Pedagogy' Today


University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA, Lecturer

Sep 2011 - current


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, PhD, Architecture

Sep 2014 - current

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2006 - Jan 2010

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