Associate Professor; Undergraduate Coordinator of Landscape Architecture
Office: Lee 3-116
Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2006); M.L.A., Virginia Tech (2000); B.S.L.A., West Virginia University (1996)
Research Interests: Design Education and Landscape Manipulatives
Matt is an associate professor in the School of Planning, Development, Preservation, and Landscape Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech. Prior to entering academia he worked in landscape architecture and community design in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Dr. Powers teaches a range of studios and seminars focusing on environmental design and research at various scales. His primary research interests include cognitive-oriented approaches to design pedagogy and the relationship between environmental design and health disparities. Dr. Powers has extensive experience helping primary and secondary school students create learning landscapes on their campuses. Dr. Powers and his students have received state and national awards for outstanding research and innovative design.