Matt Dawson, AIA

Project Architect
Bachelors of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
What year did you join the firm?
Areas of Focus
Responsible for all phases of design work from programming through
construction and project closeout, selecting finish materials, performing construction administration duties, and coordinating design and production work of consultants.

Why HDG Architects? What keeps you here and motivated?
HDG Architects is dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to their clients.  Beyond that, HDG is also dedicated to fostering employee growth both professionally and personally.  The culture is one that challenges you every day.  It pushes you to learn and develop your professional skills, but also respects your personal time and engagements as equally important aspects of life.

What is your favorite aspect of practicing architecture?
Architecture provides a means of introducing creativity into a person’s day to day life. It means that even after solving a problem, there is always a better solution – a more creative, effective, or aesthetically pleasing solution.  It presents a constant challenge.

Your favorite building design/example of architecture in the world?
Anything by the international multidisciplinary architectural firm Snohetta.

Key Projects at the HDG
St. John Vianney Manor Addition and Renovation (Pittsburgh, PA)
Peters Township School District New High School (McMurray, PA)
Robinson Township Police Station (Robinson Township, PA)
Peters Township Rolling Hills Park Facilities (McMurray, PA)
Morelock U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) BMA/OMS Facility Alterations (Pittsburgh, PA)

Specialty Areas of Expertise
Digital fabrication and architectural component customization

Serving the Community
Matthew Tembo Memorial Soccer Tournament – Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Hiking with my dog, playing golf, snowboarding, longboarding, riding dirt bikes, and most outdoor activities in general.  I also enjoy following Pittsburgh sports and ‘Buggy’ at Carnegie Mellon.