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National Sector Leader, Commercial

Matthew Smith


Bachelor of Architecture (Hons),
Deakin University

Bachelor of Arts (Architecture),
Deakin University

Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Architectural Drafting),
RMIT University


Professional Experience

With over 25 years of experience across a broad range of sectors, including commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, and education, Matthew manages project origination, design and oversight of multiple projects. He is actively involved in the Australian Institute of Architects and is a member of their Large Practice Forum.

His role as National Commercial Sector Leader leverages a broad knowledge of the commercial property market and a thorough understanding of the economic realities that underpin project feasibility. His comprehensive knowledge of business is combined with a passion for translating client visions and objectives into architecture that is practical, authentic, and meaningful.

His portfolio encompasses some of the country’s most refined contemporary towers. Matthew has recently led Architectus’ design teams on largescale, high-end projects, including Melbourne’s Hyatt Centric, Industry Lanes, and a $1 billion future development on Collins Street. He has also been a key architect on several collaborations with internationally acclaimed studios, including the QBT project with London based WilkinsonEyre, and 383 La Trobe Street with renowned French architect, Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Focussing on contextual design responses, Matthew understands the importance of place and the capacity for built form to contribute more broadly to its urban environment. He advocates for design solutions that prioritise end user experience, innovation and social sustainability.