Matt earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict. During that time he was employed in the design and visual display departments of Midwest of Cannon Falls. After college he taught English in China for nine months. He then started work in Minneapolis building furniture and stretching canvasses for artists, designing and building sets for Theater Latte Da and ArtTech, constructing environmentally responsible landscapes for EnergyScapes, and painting a mural on the Cannon River Winery.
Matt studied architecture and sustainable design at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. His theses include the design of a net-zero energy community, and an argument for accessory dwelling units. During graduate school he was employed by the Center for Sustainable Building Research on a project for the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, by TreeTrust in the guidance of “at-risk-youth” in landscaping projects, by Caribou Design building houses between Lutsen and Grand Marais, and remodeling basements in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Finally, Matt took an opportunity to guide fishing trips in Alaska. Currently, Matt designs and builds landscapes for Biota.