Birmingham City University
Dr Matthew Jones is an architect and senior lecturer at the University of the West of England. He is Programme Leader for BSc(Hons) Architecture, a partner at Coombs Jones Architects, an Advocate in Practice for the Design Commission for Wales and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Matthew studied at the Welsh School of Architecture and worked at practices in London and Cardiff before founding his own practice. His work focuses on collaborative and participatory approaches to design and research; often focused around a specific site, community or context, his interest lies in investigations that engage local people in revealing the potential of a place and its future. He has particular experience in socially engaged and participatory place-making; community-led planning; design in sensitive and rural contexts; and public engagement. He is part of the ‘Hands On Bristol’ collective, a collaboration between UWE, community groups and practitioners in the Bristol region that connects students, academics and communities through participatory and creative design processes.