Matt Perotto

Sessional Lecturer

Matt holds an undergraduate degree in planning with a specialization in urban design, and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty, where he graduated with academic honours and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit. During his studies, Matt held numerous teaching assistant positions, worked as a research assistant at the Green Roof Innovation and Testing Laboratory (GRITLab), and also guest lectured in design studios and visual communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Guelph.

After his MLA, Matt relocated to San Francisco to work at Hargreaves Associates, where he has led a number of the office’s landscape and master planning design projects, proposals, and international design competitions. As an associate, he manages the production of design studies, text narratives, and presentation graphics, leads coordination processes with clients and subconsultants, and participates in public open houses and community engagement workshops. Matt is helping to lead Hargreaves into the world of BIM technologies using Revit, integrating parametric computation tools directly within the studio’s design process. As a firm, Hargreaves is excited to be at the forefront of the landscape architecture discipline as it transitions towards the seamless cross-disciplinary platform of data embedded tools, and to contribute to the future enabling of high-resolution post-occupancy monitoring.

Matt strives to find every opportunity to incorporate his academic research interests and past design experience into his professional work. His preferred themes include the exploration of innovative methodologies that find connections between the socio-cultural fabric of contemporary cities with the seemingly intangible regional mega-infrastructures that sustain them. These research-based projects investigate new spatially scaled, decentralized systems of resource metabolism that rethink urban sustainability in the context of 21st-century climate change. Matt’s work also explores the use of parametric computation in landscape architecture as an essential tool for connecting typically disparate sources of biophysical research, environmental sciences, and cultural-political spatial data in the design process through alternatives analysis and evaluation/performance optimization.