Matthew views part of his role as architect as "pooling the team’s effort toward exceeding the client’s goals every day." His approach is to ask a lot of questions along the way to make sure he understands different perspectives, and then "guide the discussion so we’re always working toward satisfying our clients." Matthew says his favorite type of work is "any project that helps people!" After that, he appreciates projects that "present a challenge to solve, have the opportunity for brilliant integrated design, and include beautiful design elements." Even in his off-hours, Matthew is surrounded by beautiful design. He lives in the mid-century modern home in which he grew up, designed by his architect father and recently remodeled by his architect wife, a project featured in the Washington Post. Matthew admits to a love affair with Italy, enamored with its food, wine and art. If he could time travel, Matthew would head for "the Italian Renaissance, to see Michelangelo’s fresh work."