Matthew Johnston

Matthew Johnston

London, GB



Professional Profile:
I am an architectural assistant of seven years post Part II experience, and am looking to resume my career following a two year break during which I have been helping to run a friend’s internet marketing company in the South of France.

Prior to leaving the UK, I had been working for eighteen months on an education project in Southwark (London), which was to have formed part of the Schools for the Future programme. Unfortunately, the project was
cancelled due to funding cuts.

Prior to my involvement in that project I worked for a year at the London branch of NBBJ architects, working on a range of mostly Middle-East based projects.

The greater part of my experience, however, comes from working abroad, and following the completion of my studies in 2002, I worked for more than four years with the Amsterdam based office UN Studio/ van Berkel & Bos.

During this time I worked on the design and execution of several high-profile projects including the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart as well as several buildings within the Arnhem Centraal Masterplan complex.

My primary role was that of 3d-designer, and I worked mainly on the middle stages of projects developing what have often been highly complex sketch designs into functional buildings that are true to their original concepts.

I also worked on a number of competitions, most notably the World Trade Centre (New York), and it was during a two-month stay in Manhattan that I developed an interest in city-scale design that I would like to further during my professional career.

Having worked for four years in an international office I have developed a range of skills that I believe will benefit me on future overseas projects while also bringing a fresh perspective to the work that I do in the United Kingdom.

Key Skills:

The role of 3d designer has placed me very centrally in the projects that I have worked on, and has allowed me to exert a strong influence on their design. Furthermore it has afforded me the opportunity to work closely with fellow professionals, and it has often been my task to synthesise the requirements of their related disciplines (i.e. structure and servicing) into
aesthetic and functional solutions.

I have worked particularly closely with Arup and, working with their Advanced Geometry Unit, I played a role in the development of a new set of 3d modeling tools for the Rhino application.

It is in this program that I have the most experience and I have been able to pass on this knowledge to my colleagues with both personal tuition and a variety of guides that I have written.

I am also highly skilled in 2d drafting and have an extremely in-depth knowledge of Autocad. In my last architectural office I was responsible for the organisation and implementation of CAD procedures, and I believe that our efficiency as an office greatly improved as a result of this.


Nov 2007 - May 2009

NBBJ, Assistant Architect

Nov 2006 - Nov 2007

UNStudio, Architect

Jul 2002 - Sep 2006


Oct 2000 - Jun 2002

Edinburgh College of Art, BArch, Architecture

Oct 1994 - Jun 1999

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