Matthew Carr

Matthew Carr

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am a multi-hyphenate designer living in Brooklyn, New York. A pandemic graduate of Portland State University, I studied architecture and dedicated the latter half of my education toward designing homeless solutions and studying the impact of hostile architecture on democratic public spaces. 

I am deeply interested in cultivating equity within built spaces and advocating for those who have been disenfranchised within our cities through community-informed design approaches. 

My design solutions have been displayed at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, at Portland City Hall Exhibitions, and at various design competitions.


Heitler Houstoun Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Works within the architectural team to develop design solutions appropriate to the context, budget, and aesthetic requirements of built projects. Responsible for drafting construction documents, creating 3-D models, assisting project coordination, and performing routine design decisions.

Apr 2022 - current

Nau International, Portland, OR, US, Graphic Designer

Directed and designed a marketing campaign to usher in a new era for the brand, highlighting the production philosophy of Nau’s clothing, and emphasizing their signature fabrics and ethical transparency.

May 2021 - Mar 2022

Center for Public Interest Design, Portland, OR, US, Graphic Designer

Created a set of graphics illustrating public de-escalation techniques for the City of Portland, and Center for Public Interest Design.

Jun 2020 - Jul 2020

City of Portland, Portland, OR, US, Architectural Draftsman

Digitally drafted a set of site plans for an innovative tiny-house village that provided shelter for homeless individuals.

Nov 2019 - Nov 2019

Woofter Bolch Architecture, Portland, OR, US, Model Maker

Fabricated a 3’ x 3’ x 3’ quadruple section model for the "OSU - Cascades Academic Building 2 Design Competition."

Mar 2019 - Apr 2019

LSW Architects, PC, Vancouver, WA, US, Architecture Intern

Assisted architects with daily office responsibilities and projects:
Participated in site visits, assisted with material studies, rendered drawings and diagrams for client presentations, created scope of work documents, and researched city codes and zoning laws.

Jun 2018 - Sep 2018

LSW Architects, PC, Vancouver, WA, US, Architecture Intern

Directed, filmed and edited a short video detailing the collaborative design process
between LSW Architects and Clark College during the formation of a new flagship science building.

Jul 2016 - Sep 2016


Portland State University, Portland, OR, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2016 - Jun 2020


2020 Faculty Book Award, Award

Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students on the basis of faculty nomination to recognize insatiable curiosity about architecture as reflected in studio work, class work, and overall conduct, demeanor, and rapport within the School of Architecture.


Portland State University School of Architecture Endowed Scholarship, Scholarship

Awarded to students based on a competitive portfolio application to the school of architecture.


Portland State University Honors Laurels Scholarship, Scholarship

Awarded to outstanding applicants to the honors college. This award is based primarily on the applicant’s application essays, although GPA and other factors may be taken into account.


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