Matthew is a Chartered Landscape Architect, from a multidisciplinary background with over 15 years experience working on regeneration, infrastructure, education and public green space projects. He is currently based near Rye having worked extensively in London and the Southeast.
Having been previously educated in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University (2000-03) and London Metropolitan University (2006-08), he then gravitated toward Landscape Architecture, working at a number of firms in London and internationally including West8, Levitt Bernstein and Turkington Martin.
In 2018 he founded Matthew Halsall Design Studio, a micro practice working on park, play and residential projects with strong community and sustainability themes. He is currently working with a number of Lottery-funded community clients to improve local green spaces in London and the Midlands.
Matthew is also a landscape project manager, and worked for London Legacy Development Corporation (2018-2023) on active travel, green infrastructure and public open space in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including the Westfield Avenue Reconfiguration Project. Additionally he advised the Local Authority on many high profile applications such as the new University College London East campus and new neighbourhoods at East Wick, Hackney Wick, Chobham Manor and Stratford Central. Matthew has recently joined The Royal Parks and is working on a new garden at The Regent’s Park, celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth II, employing innovative sustainability and climate resiliency principles.
Recent areas of investigation have encompassed gender/disability/culturally-inclusive spaces; circular economy and climate change adaptation, in addition to long-running interests in community engagement and the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Matthew is a Panel Member for the London Borough of Havering Quality Review Panel as well as sitting on the Design South East Panel.