Matt Pearson Wins the 2017 Honor Award for Distinguished Excellence in Design from AIA Hampton Roads
By: Clark Nexsen
Dennis Stallings, FAIA, at Clark Nexsen and Robert Ries, AIA, at Hanbury nominated Pearson for the award, commenting, "Matt brings the dedication and commitment necessary to achieve a high-level of design excellence. He has an unparalleled passion for design - exhibited in his work, thought leadership, advocacy and mentoring, and recognition by his peers and the AIA."
• Pearson holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and attended the Academy di Archeteturra, Mendriso/Riva San Vitale in Switzerland.
• He has received numerous design awards, including 17 AIA design awards for projects in his portfolio on the local, state, and national level.
• Pearson is affiliated with both the AIA and RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects)
• Pearson joined Clark Nexsen as a senior architect in 2016. Previously, he was a design principal at Hanbury in Norfolk and started his career in Washington, DC with HOK.
Over the course of the past 18 years Pearson has broadened his reach beyond design role to influence organizational structure and operations to prioritize design excellence. He has energized initiatives to cultivate and elevate emerging leadership, and facilitate a more vivid internal design discourse.
Two projects Pearson was part of the design team while at Hanbury received 2017 Honor Awards from AIA Hampton Roads: the University of Chicago's North Residential Commons, which was designed in association with Studio Gang and the East Quad Residence Hall and Dining Commons at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.