Matthew Winkelstein

Matthew Winkelstein

San Francisco, CA, US



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Matthew Winkelstein is a senior architectural designer and design team leader with 25+ years of experience on a diverse range of domestic and international architectural and planning projects.

Matt has considerable skill in orchestrating ambitious projects within complex design teams and client groups, and he engages in all aspects of project work – from initiation, development and visualization of design concepts, to client and community interface, consultant collaboration and coordination, development of technical systems, and project delivery. He is a licensed architect in California, member of the American Institute of Architects, and USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He has taught architectural design at Stanford University and participated in both academic and professional design juries.

Matt’s design experience covers multiple scales and typologies, including aviation, healthcare, office building and corporate campus, mixed use, multi-family residential, museum, and community design. He also has a background in advanced digital and generative design processes. Matt’s agility working across multiple aspects of design inquiry gives him a unique combination of skills and outlook. Underlying all of his work is a deep commitment to design quality and innovation in the context of leading edge environmental sustainability.

Matt sees design as a collaborative process in which early and continuous engagement of interdisciplinary teams and sometimes non-traditional design alliances is the best path to successful architectural problem-solving. He believes that each project presents a unique challenge where the specific characteristics of place, purpose, and client values and goals are fundamental sources of design inspiration. Matt’s passion is working toward architectural solutions that integrate high performance and functionality, rich human experience, ecological sustainability, and a poetic interplay of form, space, light and materiality.



As Design Director in the San Francisco studio of William McDonough + Partners, a principles-driven practice grounded in the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, Matt’s work has focused on creation of humane, healthy and sustainable built environments. Recent projects include a marine science museum at the Port of Los Angeles, urban design for a new sustainable city in China, and development of ‘carbon-positive’ urban planning methodologies for urbanization in the context of global climate change. Matt also has developed designs for a visitor center and long-span industrial structures as part of an expansion master plan for an integrated resource recovery facility in San Francisco. His additional project work at WM+P includes design and sustainability strategies for the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, facade design and detailing for a laboratory tower in Barcelona, and design for a San Francisco multi-family housing project.

Matt’s previous experience includes design leadership and architectural software development at Aditazz, an innovative digital technology startup merged with an architectural design studio, where he was able to explore the convergence of his interests in digital practice and performance-driven sustainable design processes. At Aditazz Matt was senior project designer for an international competition-winning net zero energy hospital for Kaiser Permanente.

Prior to Aditazz, Matt spent 16 years at HOK where he was a vice president and senior project designer, focused on large scale international projects. Matt has also lived and worked as a designer in Italy, where he collaborated in the architecture studio of Architetto Guido Pietropoli, a disciple and partner of the late Italian master, Carlo Scarpa.


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, masters in architecture

Sep 1984 - May 1988

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, BArch, history

Sep 1979 - May 1981

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