Matthew Gunnison Collins

Matthew Gunnison Collins

New York, NY, US



Carnegie Mellon Architecture graduate, developed professionally within world of Classical Residential Architecture in New York City, with an expertise in efficiently produced, clear, highly crafted construction documents, and clear verbal & written communication.

Teaching experience includes:

Institute of Classical Architecture/Classical America, Spring 2005
Instructor & Course Designer: “The Digital Drafting Room”


Self-Employed, design/architectural consultant

SD & DD for Cape Cod style Residence in East Sandwich, MA

Gut renovation of bedroom suite, children’s bedroom, and playroom in arts & crafts home in Summit, NJ

Gut renovation of garden apartment in Jersey City, NJ

Development of illustration plates for Classical Primer, sponsored by Institute of Classical Architecture/Classical America

Feb 2011 - current

Atelier & Co./AJ.T Architect, Freelance Architectural Consultant

DD development and Permit Set development for gut renovation of 31,000 sq.ft. high-baroque estate in Connecticut, Management and preparation of estimating/construction set for first of 3 phases

Mar 2009 - Feb 2011

Hotels AB, New York, NY, Freelance Architectural Consultant

DD and presentation for exclusive hotel conversion of Officer’s Housing Building at 20 Grovsner Square, London developed under direction of Guy Oliver for André Balazs’s hotel group

Mar 2009 - Mar 2009

Ariel – The Art of Building, LLC, Freelance Architectural Consultant, Project Architect /Manager

DD, CD development, shop drawing review and coordination for various aspects of design/build process in construction of a 27,000 sq.ft. English Tudor Mid-Atlantic estate

DD and detailing for gut renovation of an 8,000 sq.ft. single-family carriage house on the upper east side in a florentine palazzo style

DD, CD & CA for partial renovation of Park Avenue townhouse

Mar 2007 - Mar 2009

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP, Project Architect/Co-Manager, Project Manager

SD & DD for renovation and expansion of facilities for 12 acre Norman-Tudor style estate on Piping Rock Road, Locust Valley, NY. Original design by Benjamin W. Morris of Carrere & Hastings (13,000sq.ft. existing, 10,000sq.ft. of out-building additions)

DD, CD & CA for gut renovation of 2,600 sq.ft. 3 bedroom apartment at 1165 Park Avenue

DD, CD & CA for partial renovation and expansion of 2 bedroom penthouse apartment at 1 East 66th Street

DD, CD & CA for addition and gut renovation of 11,000 sq.ft. Georgian residence & pool house in Short Hills, NJ

Technical development on various aspects of multiple ground-up residences and townhouses with a focus on wall-sections, window packages, and stair assemblies

Member: Paperless Office Committee, Automation/CAD Standards Committee

May 2001 - Oct 2006

John B. Murray Architect, Project Architect, Project Assistant

DD & CD of Concierge station and porte-cochere/drive-through renovation at 10 Gracie Square

DD & CD of porch renovation/addition to early A.M. Stern residence, Rural Stanford, CT, published June 2003 Architectural Digest

DD for 60,000 sq.ft. half-timber Tudor style estate in rural Denver, CO; CD of numerous NYC neo-classical apartment renovations

Jan 2000 - Apr 2001

Rothschild Architects, PC, Staff Architect/Intern

Sep 1998 - Nov 1999

Terry Necciai, RA, Historic Preservation Consulting, Staff Architect & Editorial Consultant

Collection of essays on Historic Architecture of Western Pennsylvania & a Syntactic Theory of Urban Development

Jun 1998 - Sep 1998


Carnegie Mellon University, BArch, School of Architecture

with Minor in Architectural History

Sep 1993 - Jun 1998

Middle East Technical University METU, CMU summer studio abroad

Jun 1996 - Aug 1996

Areas of Specialization