Matthew Skjonsberg

Matthew Skjonsberg spoke in the plenary session “Upstream into the future: about restoration, community, and traditional knowledge” at the “Dear 2050: Humans Respond to Climate Change” exhibition on October 29, 2020. Dr. Matthew Skjonsberg is an architect in Switzerland.

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Dr. Matthew Skjonsberg (PhD EPFL-MAS ETHZ) is Director of Operations at the Future Cities Laboratory, ETHZ-FCL Global (, a new initiative whose varied research programs address sustainable landscapes and settlement systems in Switzerland and Singapore, and he is lecturer in Civic Design and Program Coordinator for the Doctoral Program of the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies, ETHZ-LUS ( He recently concluded his doctoral dissertation ‘A New Look at Civic Design: Park Systems in America’ at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL), where he was a founding member of the Laboratory of Urbanism (LAB-U) and HABITAT Research Center. He previously studied at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and at ETH-Zurich. He founded collab architecture in 2001, and from 2007-12 was a project leader at West 8 in New York and Rotterdam. He was recently a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) for the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archives (June-October 2017), and was a contributing researcher to Towards an Open City: The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda (Sassen, Sennett et. al. 2017) for the United Nations-Habitat III. He is currently preparing the book and exhibition Living Cities: Three Centuries of Park Systems (Park Books, 2021).