Matt has a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He earned his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 1983.
More recently, Matt became certified in Urban Farming through the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI — Cold Climate) in Minneapolis in 2011, and obtained certification in Permaculture Design through Whole Systems Design of Mad River Valley, Vt. in 2012. Matt is also currently participating in the Land Stewardship Project's Farm Beginnings program, where he is learning the latest in low-cost, sustainable farming methods.
His professional career includes employment with several Chicago-area landscape design firms. He obtained extensive experience in all aspects of the landscape industry, selling, designing, and managing commercial, institutional, and residential projects.
Under Matt's direction, DCTC landscape design students designed and installed gardens and landscape art during the 2006 "Secret Gardens" and 2007 "Art to A-Maze" design competitions at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Matt's landscape projects have been featured in such prestigious magazines as Better Homes and Gardens and Northern Gardener.
Regarding his teaching philosophy, Matt believes in giving his students hands-on experience in the real world with an emphasis on creating environmentally appropriate and sustainable landscape designs.
He says, the best part of his job as a DCTC instructor is "the constant learning requried to stay on top of new trends and research, then passing that information onto my students."
Matt's hobbies and interests include sustainable farming, growing, cooking and eating nutritious food, watercolor painting, camping, canoeing, skiing, and road trips to places off the beaten path.