Matt recently joined Rural Solutions in October 2018, furthering our design capabilities with landscape architectural consultancy services. As a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, Matt has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the wider team, enabling us to offer clients a broader range of design expertise.   

What’s your professional background?
I first started out working as an architectural assistant in Liverpool during my time at college. This is where I developed my flair for CAD and detailed design. I then went onto study Landscape Architecture at university, obtaining a BA (hons), Graduate Diploma and Masters qualifications. After university, I joined a multi-disciplinary design company in Leeds, working on a wide variety of commercially focused urban realm projects. I then went onto work for an independent landscape architectural practice in York which focused on highly sensitive heritage landscapes, which also expanded into larger scale mixed used developments. I then worked for a large multinational engineering firm in Leeds which focused on largescale infrastructure projects before joining Rural Solutions.

What’s your role at RSL?
I am an Associate Director and part of the design team who is partly responsible for growing the landscape architectural capabilities at Rural Solutions. Day to day, I work closely with my colleagues within the design team along with those within the Advisory and Planning teams. Other than my project related work, I am partly responsible for the technical proficiencies drawing outputs within CAD and I help support my colleagues to work towards more efficient workflows within the office

What is the most exciting part of your job?
As landscape architects, we are constantly out on site, looking at new development opportunities for a wide range of clients and looking at ways in which we can integrate new proposals sensitively within a landscape. I also enjoy the initial client discussions and finding out what their aspirations are for their site and looking at how we can unlock a site’s potential.

If you gave up your day job…
Manage an estate in the middle of nowhere with my family and teach my boys how to live off the land.

When you’re not working, you’re…
Ferrying my two young boys around to play football, rugby or attending various children’s birthday parties. Also, I am currently in the process of planning an extension on my house, so all my spare time is taken up considering which expensive tile goes with what type of flooring, then considering more cost-effective versions.